The Redlands Westpac Art Prize recently announced the list of 47 contemporary visual artists who will present their work at this prestigious artist-driven exhibition and prize. Opening today (Thursday May 3), the 16th annual Redlands Prize is unique due to its emphasis on artist involvement and peer mentoring. Each of the 47 artists has been nominated by another artist in one of two key categories: established artist and emerging artist.

Redlands Westpac Art Prize has a rich history of working with some of Australia and New Zealand’s most acclaimed artists, including Arthur Boyd, Tim Maguire, Tim Storrier, Garry Shead, Dorothy Napangardi and Ray Crooke. This year, widely respected Sydney-based Australian artist Lindy Lee, who selected 22 of the prominent artists (who each in-turn have selected a young emerging artist whose work they admire) will curate the exhibition. This enables mentoring from one generation of artists to the next. The prize and exhibition has doubled in size and tripled in running time, which has seen it move to the National Art School, where it will remain until August.

The Redlands Prize places no limitations on artistic mediums and attracts an exceptionally high calibre of artist, this year including Stephen Bird, Gina Bruce, Adam Chang, Kate Murphy, Rodney Pople, Newell Harry, Elvis Richardson, Josey Kidd-Crowe and Ben Quilty to name a few. The judging panel includes Rachel Kent, Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Katie Dyer, NAS Curator and Redlands Visual Arts teachers Mark Harpley and Fabian Byrne.

The exhibition is free and will run from May 3 until August 2, 2012. A series of artist talks will also be held during the exhibition.

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