An exhibition of the work of Ann Cape, one of Sydney’s most loved artists will open on Saturday 27 June. Ann Cape is a painter, sculptor and art teacher, and has been active in the Australian art scene for over 25 years. She was a finalist in the 2014 Doug Moran Portrait Prize with her portrait Margaret Woodward at Home. The Moran Arts Foundation invited Ann Cape to give this exhibition in recognition of the important place she holds in the field of Australian portraiture, an achievement signaled by the many prestigious awards she has received.
The Ann Cape Exhibition is part of a series of ongoing exhibitions presented by the Moran Arts Foundation of either winners or finalists of the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. The exhibitions recognise the achievements of the artists in being selected for the Prizes and gives them a further opportunity to showcase a wider range of their artist practice to the public.
Dates: Saturday 27 June – Sunday 26 July
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10am-5pm.
Address: Moran Arts Foundation, Juniper Hall, 250 Oxford Street, Paddington
ABOUT THE MORAN PRIZES
The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize was established as part of Australia’s bi-centennial celebrations in 1988 and over the past 26 years has grown to be one of the country’s most prestigious art awards.
Believed to be the world’s most valuable portrait prize, it 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.
In 2014 the Portrait Prize attracted a record 985 entries, up ten percent from 2013.
In 2007, the Moran Arts Foundation extended its arts award program to introduce the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, to celebrate and promote Australian contemporary photography.
Australia’s most generous photography award invites entries that interpret ‘Contemporary Life in Australia’ with an emphasis on day-to-day life. The Prize is open to Australian photographers of all ages, with special awards for students and their schools.
In just eight years, the Moran Contemporary Photography Prize has grown to attract an incredible 2,722 entries, again a ten percent increase on last year’s entries.
Works from the thirty finalists in each of the Prizes will be on show to the public from October 29 2014 to February 15 2015, as part of the 2014 Moran Prizes exhibition. Opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. The exhibition is closed over Christmas from Monday December 22 to Tuesday January 6.Entry to the exhibition is FREE and everyone’s invited to vote in the People’s Choice Award, with the winning artist and photographer, and also a randomly selected voter eligible to win a cash prize of $1,000.
The judges for the 2014Moran Art Prizes were Edmund Capon AM OBE, former long-standing Director of the Art Gallery of NSW; multi award-winning Australian artist Lewis Miller, himself a three time finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, as well as a previous Archibald Award winner: international judge, Aidan J Sullivan, Vice President of Photo Assignments, Getty Images New York; and Founder of the A Day Without News initiative; and multi award-winning Australian photographer William Long, whose accolades include 2013 AIPP Australian Commercial Photographer of the Year
ABOUT THE MORAN ARTS FOUNDATION
The Moran Arts Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation whose objective is to support the Arts in Australia through the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes, and the FREE Moran School Photographic Workshops. Established by Doug and Greta Moran and Family in 1988 in celebration of Australia’s bicentennial, the Moran Arts Foundation fosters portraiture skills and excellence in photography.
More information, www.moranprizes.com.au