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Marian Tubbs wins Sunshine Coast Art Prize for 'standout' artwork


Artist Marian Tubbs is this year’s winner of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize and will collect $25,000 for her award-winning artwork The farm.

Sunshine Coast Art Prize judge Renai Grace said Tubbs was recognised at a national and international level and had strong personal connections to the Sunshine Coast region.

“Marian Tubb’s award-winning artwork, The farm was a standout,” Ms Grace said.

“Her use of a constructed image that has been manipulated, challenges perceptions of value and truth as well as raises ecological issues.”

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize winners:

Marian Tubbs - Major acquisitive prize winner $25,000 cash prize sponsored by Argon Law Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council.

Karike Ashworth - Highly Commended prize winner $5000 sponsored by the De Deyne Family.

Amanda Shadforth: People’s Choice prize winner $2500 sponsored by Caloundra Chamber of Commerce.

Brian Robinson - Sunshine Coast Art Prize Residency award recipient sponsored by Montville Country Cabins.


Speaking about her own work, Tubbs says the piece is as much about ‘photography’ as a medium of seduction, truth, and falsehoods as it was about the subject captured.

“The scale and view into the image welcomes a viewer into the midst of a contemporary kelp farm that is simultaneously lush, solarised, and pixelated,” Tubbs says.

“‘The farm’ interrogates relationships between medium and subject while conceptually setting sights on creating visible ecological narratives.

“I am thrilled that this new work has been acquired into the Sunshine Coast Art Collection by way of this award. The work, The farm represents my practice as it is right now and has been a catalyst for a new body of work underway that will be shown in 2022.

“I am proud to have a significant family connection to southeast Aboriginal Australia. and I dedicate this win to my late Nanna Joan Marian Foley, who called this place home for the better part of 99 years.”

Sunshine Coast Council community spokesman Rick Baberowski says each year he very much looked forward to seeing the scope of works and the variety of new material presented.

“The artworks are an important historical representation of the year they were created. They provide a unique lens on Australian life depicted by leading contemporary 2D artists,” Cr Baberowski says.

“I encourage anyone who hasn’t enjoyed the inspiring experience provided by the 40 finalist artworks on show, to throw themselves a challenge and head along to the gallery.”

Tubbs will now have her winning artwork acquired into the Sunshine Coast Art Collection—an impressive assembly of more than 700 works.

The exhibition is on show until October 10 at Caloundra Regional Gallery and admission is free.


Images: Cooper Brady Photography

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