Generously supported by Ballarat surgeon Mr Mark Guirguis, the Guirguis New Art Prize or GNAP is a new prestigious national acquisitive art prize, administered by the University of Ballarat.
In the inaugural exhibition, eleven important contemporary Australian artists will exhibit their work at the University of Ballarat's Post Office Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Engaging the viewer on multiple platforms, the exhibition will be a sensory explosion of colour, light, movement and sound with the field of exciting emerging and mid-career artists. An eclectic and broad range of works including video, sculpture, installation, painting and tapestry express issues surrounding identity, individualism and society, eternity, nostalgia and cultural traditions.
The shortlisted artists are Rebecca Baumann (WA), Fergus Binns, (VIC) Petrina Hicks (NSW), Ash Keating (VIC), Bonnie Lane (VIC), Richard Lewer (WA) Angelica Mesiti (NSW), David Rosetzky (VIC), Darren Sylvester (VIC), Brendan Van Hek (NSW) and Paul Yore (VIC). Jason Smith, Director Heide Museum of Modern Art is the inaugural 2013 judge.