Saturday, April 6, 2013


Liam Benson_The Opal Queen_2012_Pigment in ink on cotton rag paper_edition of 5 + 2 AP’s_146.5 x 146.5cm (Photograph: Jasmine Robertson)

Artereal Gallery would like to congratulate Liam Benson on winning the 2013 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award.

The prestigious $20,000 award was announced tonight at the Gold Coast City Gallery and was jointly awarded to two artists - Liam Benson and Justine Varga.

Now in its 13th year, the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award is considered one of the most important annual surveys of contemporary Australian photographic practice. This highly anticipated award, with a total $30,000 in prizes and acquisitions, is a highlight of Gold Coast City Gallery’s exhibition program. From close to 300 entries, this year’s guest judge acclaimed New Zealand photographer Anne Noble selected 65 finalists before narrowing the award down to the two winners.

Commenting on Liam Benson's winning work Anne Noble described The Opal Queen as "a striking contribution to the evolving genre of performative self-portraiture which is a remarkable constant in contemporary Australian photography. I find this a deeply moving image that is at once tender and politically charged. It achieves this through exquisite resolution of light, surface and the intensity of human presence. It speaks with humour and intelligence to the complexities of personal and national identity."

To see a catalogue of available works by Liam Benson please contact the gallery.

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