Semi-finalist in 2017 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

Moran Prizes website

On 6 September 2017, the Moran Prizes announced that there are 200 semi-finalists, who are now one step closer to winning the $150,000 prize in October. I'm excited to share that I have been chosen as one of these semi-finalists. You can view all semi-finalists listed here.

The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize is Australia’s richest art prize, with prize money of $180,000 including a $150,000 first prize. The DMNPP invites entries of original works from Australian artists, capturing Australians from all walks of life, whether a public figure or someone from their own circle of experience.

The finalists of the 2017 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize will be announced on Wednesday 11 October and the winner will be revealed at an event at Juniper Hall in Paddington on Wednesday 18 October.

UPDATE: I have been selected as Finalist. More details here.

Exhibition: 'In Exile Form The Edge - A Personal Journey'

Burrinja Gallery, Burrinja Cultural Centre
24 June - 23 July 2017

Glenn Loughrey is a Wiradjuri man from NSW and a priest at St. Oswald's Anglican Church, Glen Iris. He is an artist who fuses Indigenous art styles with Western forms of storytelling. In this exhibition, he presents a collection of acrylic paintings reflecting the diversity of Indigenous identity and its disconnect from the dominant culture. He explores his own journey of discovery to reclaim the sense of country on a personal and community level.

Artist Talk: Saturday 1 July, 2pm – 3.30pm

Following the talk light refreshments will be served.

Exhibition: 'An Australian Landscape - Canvas As Country'

Transept Gallery, St Paul’s Cathedral
29 May - 19 June 2017
Open daily

This exhibition explores the ideas of identity through country as explored on the medium of the canvas. For many indigenous Australians who have been disinherited of their original country by means of extermination, assimilation, the Stolen Generation and polices such as Closing the Gap, there is little opportunity to deeply reconnect with the place which holds their belonging.

As one such person, this exhibition expresses both my personal journey and the journey of the various mobs across Australia. It explores the various ideas about identity and what it means to be indigenous in this place at this time. It covers important issues such as treaty and sovereignty; the marginalisation of indigenous people in places such Alice Springs, the inability of those in urban Australia to fully understand the Australia at the centre and more.

The central piece of the exhibition is both a personal and a universal story of what it means to discover and live as an indigenous person in this country. It contains many personal ideas, experiences and places while at the same time embracing key indigenous ideas that are the universal story of mobs across Australia.