Darebin Art Prize 2024
The Darebin Art Prize is a national multi-medium acquisitive art prize celebrating excellence in contemporary visual art.
The Darebin Art Prize is back in 2024 celebrating the outstanding work of contemporary Australian artists. The Darebin Art Prize is a national multi-medium acquisitive art prize celebrating excellence in contemporary visual art.
This leading exhibition brings contemporary artwork together across all media, from painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and craft, through to video art and more! The finalists from across Australia are represented in this major exhibition which includes a $10,000 acquisitive prize and $1,000 People’s Choice Award.
Elyas Alavi, Alvaro Alvarez, Helvi Apted, Diana Baker Smith, Nathan Beard, Claire Bridge, Sarah Byrne, Courtney Coombs, David Creed, Adam John Cullen, Gabriella D'Costa, Ara Dolatian, David Egan, Travis Ficarra, Amala Groom, Stephanie Hicks, Miles Howard-Wilks, Kait James, Daniel Jenatsch, Kris Kang, Deborah Kelly, Shivanjani Lal, Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, Rafaella McDonald, Aylsa McHugh, Louise Meuwissen, Ian Munday, Freya Pitt, Kenny Pittock, Elvis Richardson, Lauren Simmonds, Hannah Smith, Margaret Smith, Tina Stefanou, Dell Stewart, Lahni Thavarajah, Xana Thorsson, Kate Tucker, Oksana Waterfall, Bettina Willner & Jude Worters.
Participating artists are eligible to win the following prizes:
- First Prize (Acquisitive) $10,000
- People's Choice Award (Non-acquisitive) $1000
- Dr Shelley McSpedden | Senior Curator at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
Shelley McSpedden is Senior Curator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne. Prior to joining ACCA, she was Senior Curator and Acting Artistic Director at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), where she oversaw the development of the inaugural exhibition program and major commissions for the launch of the new landmark museum in 2021. Shelley has also held curatorial roles at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) and National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS), as well as academic appointments at Monash University and RMIT. She has written extensively on contemporary art and edited several art publications. Shelley holds a PhD from the Art History and Theory program at Monash University.
- Moorina Bonini | Artist, PhD candidate with Wominjeka Djeembana Research Lab at Monash University.
Moorina Bonini is a proud descendant of the Yorta Yorta Dhulunyagen family clan of Ulupna and the Yorta Yorta, Wurundjeri and Wiradjuri Briggs/McCrae family. Moorina is an artist whose works are informed by her experiences as an Aboriginal and Italian woman. Her practice attempts to disrupt and critique the eurocentric foundations that centralise Indigenous categorisation within western institutions. By unsettling the narrative placed upon Aboriginal people as a result of colonisation of Aboriginal Australia, Bonini’s practice is based within Indigenous Knowledge systems and brings this to the fore. Her work has been exhibited in various shows across Australia and also internationally. Galleries and Institutions include ACMI, The Shed (NY), Sydney Festival, Blak Dot Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Photography and the Koorie Heritage Trust. Moorina has produced and co-curated art and cultural programs across RMIT University, the University of Melbourne and Shepparton Art Museum. Moorina is currently a studio artist and member of Victorian-based Indigenous emerging artist collective thismob.
- Sarah Werkmeister | Curator at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre.
Sarah is a curator, writer, editor and researcher based between Melbourne and Brisbane. She has written extensively and worked with Next Wave, QUT Art Museum, Shepparton Art Museum, YIRRAMBOI Festival, Public Art Melbourne and more. She has edited publications around the environment (Ecologising Museums, 2016) and feminism (Feminisms, 2018) with L’Internationale Online, and co-edited a chapter on the 13th Istanbul Biennial in I Can't Work Like This (2017). Her research interests encompass conceptions of public space, representations of nationhood in public art collections, and the climate. She holds a Masters of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.