2020 National Works on Paper

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An MPRG exhibition

5 December 2020 - 21 February 2021

The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s National Works on Paper was established in 1998 and incorporated the former Spring Festival of Drawing and the Prints Acquisitive which began in 1973. 

In 2020, as part of MPRG’s 50th anniversary celebrations, MPRG will hold the prestigious biennial National Works on Paper (NWOP) acquisitive exhibition. With a long and rich history, NWOP attracts leading artists from across Australia working in the fields of drawing, printmaking, digital prints and paper sculpture.

NWOP supports and promotes contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper with up to $50,000 acquisitions and awards (including the $15,000 major acquisitive award).

Seventy-six artists from all corners of Australia have been shortlisted from over 1100 entries for the 2020 National Works on Paper (NWOP) prize.

The finalists are:

Kim ANDERSON, Suzanne ARCHER, Lyn ASHBY, Peter ATKINS, Elizabeth BANFIELD, Hannah BEILHARZ, Chris BOND and Drew PETTIFER, Godwin BRADBEER, Kaye BROWN, Jane BURTON, Penelope CAIN, Marilou CHAGNAUD, Timothy COOK, Matt COYLE, Sam CRANSTOUN, Julia DAVIS and Lisa JONES, Stephen EASTAUGH, Naomi ELLER, Robert EWING, Robert FIELDING, Anna FINLAYSON, Belinda FOX, David FRAZER, Kath FRIES, Brian FUATA, Ash GARWOOD, Minna GILLIGAN, Shaun GLADWELL, Tamika GRANT-IRAMU, Katherine HATTAM, Judy HOLDING, Anna HOYLE, Clare HUMPHRIES, Winsome JOBLING, Deborah KELLY, Iluwanti KEN, Martin KING, Ilona KISS, Barbie KJAR, Jenna LEE, Dane LOVETT, Chips MACKINOLTY, Laith McGREGOR, Noel McKENNA, Roma McLAUGHLIN, Todd McMILLAN, Fiona McMONAGLE, Vera MÖLLER, Ray MONDE, Kent MORRIS, Tom O'HERN, Becc ORSZÁG, David PALLISER, Louise PARAMOR, Hubert PAREROULTJA, Riley PAYNE, Tom POLO, Patrick POUND, Linda PUNA, Cameron ROBBINS, Brian ROBINSON, Annika ROMEYN, Pip RYAN, Wendy SHARPE, Kylie STILLMAN, Jacqui STOCKDALE, Marina STROCCHI, Hiromi TANGO, Hossein VALAMANESH, Lisa WAUP, Rosie WEISS, Regina WILSON, Judith WRIGHT, Heidi YARDLEY

This diverse exhibition provides a survey of what’s happening in contemporary art across Australia today. Traditional approaches to working with paper are explored alongside works that incorporate new technologies, pushing the boundaries of the medium and expanding our appreciation of what working with and on paper can be.

The judges for this year’s award are Louise Tegart, Director Art Gallery of Ballarat; Gina Mobayed, Director Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and Danny Lacy, Artistic Director / Senior Curator Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.

MPRG will publish a fully illustrated catalogue for the 2020 National Works on Paper and develop a range of education and public programs to support this project and enrich our visitor’s experience of the exhibition. 

More info about National Works on Paper here: https://mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Exhibitions/National-Works-on-Paper