The prestigious John Stringer Prize, created in 2015 in honour of the late John Stringer (1937–2007), commissions six contemporary Western Australian artists to create new work from which a winning artist, selected by the Collectors Club will receive $12,500. This year the prize takes on more significance as it enables the support of the arts community during these unprecedented and uncertain times.
Donations to the John Stringer Prize via the Australian Cultural Fund are 100% tax deductible.
Artist Jacky Cheng was the winner of the John Stringer Prize 2022 for installation artwork …that awaits at the end of life, a series of woven textiles combining papers and fibres that map esoteric and social relationships of their origins and newfound home.
Entry to the John Stringer Prize is by invitation only and in 2023 finalists are Angelina Boona Karadada, Ilona McGuire, Andrew Nicholls, Amy Perejuan-Capone, Stuart Scambler and Corban Clause Williams.
The selection process involves each panel member devising a shortlist of eligible artists, with the panel then conferring to choose six artists whom they jointly agree have upheld rigorous practices worthy of the prize. In making a selection, panelists are expected to place emphasis on the need to encourage practitioners who, in their opinion, are deserving of greater recognition.
John Stringer was the Curator of The Stokes Collection and adviser to the Collectors Club. The Prize honours John’s life and the legacy of his contribution to local visual arts and culture. In keeping with John’s passionate devotion to the arts, and his wish to see greater patronage of local talent, the Prize is intended to encourage and support Western Australian artists. Through the involvement of the Collectors Club of Western Australia, the Prize connects locally based artists with collectors, thus contributing to the vibrancy and economic viability of the Western Australian art market.
This year the prize takes on more significance as it enables the support of the arts community during these unprecedented and uncertain times.
A new or recent artwork by each of the six finalist artists will be showcased at John Curtin Gallery at Curtin University. During the exhibition, the winner of the Prize will be determined by a secret ballot performed by the Collectors Club members and announced at an Award Night.
Donate to the 2023 John Stringer Prize via direct deposit: Contact [email protected] for details (note that direct deposit donations are currently not tax deductible).
Images: 2019 John Stringer Prize winner Bjoern Rainer-Adamson’s artwork ‘Protozoon’, 2019, kinetic installation, 120cm diameter. Image and photo courtesy the artist; John Stringer; John Stringer with Collectors Club members on tour Venice Biennale.