In a close competition for all finalists, the 2020 John Stringer Prize has been awarded to Susan Roux for her work, I – VI. The work is showing until December 13 at the John Curtin Gallery at Curtin University along with the other finalists, Western Australian artists, Eva Fernandez, Fiona Gavino, Peggy Griffiths Madij, Curtis Taylor and Mark Tweedie.
Susan Roux is a South African born West Australian artist. Her work is a critique on and response to cultural and social change regarding gender and body politics. The work often takes specific historical events as her point of departure, conveying burdens and conflicts with precise and economical means.
The Prize Night was attended by over 100 guests of The Collectors Club and John Curtin Gallery who hosted the event. Several of the works were purchased on the night.
The prestigious John Stringer Prize, created in 2015 in honour of acclaimed curator, the late John Stringer (1945–2007), commissions six contemporary Western Australian artists to create new work from which the winning artist will be determined by a secret ballot conducted by The Collectors Club members.This year they were selected by an independent selection panel consisting of Janis Nedela, Curatorial Department, Kerry Stokes Collection, Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, Lead Consultant, Gee Consultancy and Jane King, Gallery Manager, John Curtin Gallery.
The John Stringer Prize is a non-acquisitive, annual award aimed at recognising and supporting outstanding Western Australian visual art practice and is generously supported by The Collectors Club and the Kerry Stokes Collection.
Photos L-R from top by Brad Coleman, John Curtin Gallery: Fiona Gavino, Curtis Taylor, Fiona Gavino, Peggy Madij Griffiths, Curtis Taylor, Mark Tweedie, Liz Forbes President of The Collectors Club and Christ Malcolm, Director of the John Curtin Gallery. Special thanks to the judges and Anna Louise Richardson.