SCA grads win Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize

Redlands Prize

Gail Hastings and Adrian McDonald's winning artworks

Congratulations to SCA alumni Gail Hastings and Adrian McDonald, who were awarded the 2018 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize in the established and emerging artist categories respectively.

The prize, which is now in its 22nd year, is among Australia’s best-known art awards, spanning all mediums and offering a total of $36,000 in prize money.

Gail Hastings (PhD ’09) was awarded the established artist prize, valued at $25,000, for her work colour circle: four colour scheme for a room (2018).

Natasha Bullock, MCA Senior Curator and one of the prize judges, said: “Gail Hastings’ work is playful and inventive, and distinguished by its aesthetic rigour. It is an exquisitely-made object, which questions the definition of minimalism, and the movement of everyday space.”

Adrian McDonald (PhD) was awarded the emerging artist prize, valued at $10,000, for his painting, Approximating a Circle (2018).

Fabian Byrne, Visual Art Teacher at Redlands School, commented: “This work displays McDonald’s deep engagement with post-objective image making and he is clearly becoming a master of his craft.”

The exhibition was curated by SCA graduate Nike Savvas and featured works of nine other SCA graduates including Richard Dunn, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Hayley Megan French, Lindy Lee, Kath Fries, Jonny Niesche, Elizabeth Pulie, Zoe Marni-Robertson, Huseyin Sami and Consuelo Cavaniglia.

The exhibit can be viewed at Sydney’s National Art School Gallery until 12 May 2018.