On Saturday 11 November, the 2017 winners of the churchie national emerging art prize (‘the churchie’) were announced at QUT Art Museum by guest judges Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh, Executive Directors at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA):
Overall Winner: Pierre Mukeba was awarded $15,000 for his series of six large-scale figurative textile paintings.
Taking a critical view of the social, political and cultural perspectives of African – specifically Congolese – culture, his work focuses on what he endured as a child growing up in Central Africa in the shadows of Civil war, before being granted asylum in Australia in 2006.
Special Commendation: Hayley Millar-Baker received a new award of $5,000 for her series of three photographic collages Even if the race is fated to disappear (Peeneeyt meerreeng / Before, now, tomorrow) 2017.
Sam Whiteley Memorial Commendations ($1,000 each): Abdul-Rahman Abdullah for his wooden sculpture, The boy who couldn’t sleep 2017; and Joy Ivill for her textile works, It’s over we’re cactus 2017 and Dubuffet’s men 2017.
Pierre MUKEBA, James 2:10 2017, brush pen and fabric appliqué on cotton. Courtesy the artist and GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide