Eleven of Sydney’s best stencil artists battle it out for world title
Eleven stencil artists from Sydney have been selected as finalists in the coveted $5000 Stencil Art Prize this September, which will exhibit at Sydney Fringe Festival’s ‘Off Broadway’ Hub.
The Stencil Art Prize, began eight years ago in Newtown, and is the largest of its kind. This year the prize features 84 leading stencil artists from 21 countries. The Stencil Art Prize Exhibition is free and runs from the 5 to 25 September, with the Winners Announcement on Sunday 11 September at 2pm. All Stencil Art Prize artworks are for sale at stencilartprize.com and at the venue.
Sydney artists Brent Winstone (Sydney), Shanta (Campsie) Scunge (Engadine), NOTNOTCAMSCOTT (Woollahra), Tiera BOO (Ashfield), blank (Dee Why), The Massive (Sydney), Camo (Dulwich Hill), Luv [Sic] (Ryde), Mark Callaghan (Coogee) and Stuart Sale (Marrickville) will line up against some of the world’s best stencil artists for a chance at winning the international title.
Free guided tours will be held by Shanta at 2pm Saturday 17 Sept and Tiera Boo at 2pm Saturday 24 September. The tours take approximately 45mins and bookings are essential. See website for more details www.stencilartprize.com
The judging panel consists of print maker, curator and arts manager Tristan Chant (Copyright Agency/ Viscopy) and artist, art dealer, teacher and writer Ralph Hobbs (Nanda\Hobbs Contemporary).
“Our judging panel have their work cut out for them,” says Director Jacinta Fintan. “Sydney has a particularly strong stencil community and a number of the Sydney finalists are in with a good chance of winning. For the past two years, Tiera Boo has received High Commendations, Mark Callaghan won Best New Artist / Encouragement Award in 2014 and Camo has been killing it on the streets of Sydney with mural commissions of late.”
2016 marks the first year the Stencil Art Prize will go on tour with a satellite exhibition planned in Adelaide in early 2017. Previous winner’s of the Stencil Art Prize include Sydney’s own E.L.K, 23rd Key and Ralf Kempken from Melbourne, David Soukup (USA) and Monstfur (Poland).