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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    QUEENSLANDERS HAVE THEIR SAY IN NATIONAL ART AWARD

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    QUEENSLANDERS HAVE THEIR SAY IN NATIONAL ART AWARD

    Premier and Arts Minister Anna Bligh has today announced the winner of the People’s Choice Award of the Premier of Queensland’s National New Media Art Award.

    Premier Bligh was pleased to announce that Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine have been awarded the first People’s Choice Award for their work You Were In My Dream 2010.

    “The People’s Choice Award received a great response from Gallery visitors at the recent exhibition of the seven finalists shortlisted for the award at Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA).”

    “The people have spoken, with a whimsical interactive artwork, declared the winner of the People’s Choice Award,” the Premier said.

    “Isobel and Van’s winning work has now become an important part of the Gallery’s permanent collection, and the popularity of the exhibition has again shown why Queensland is leading the way in contemporary art in Australia.”

    “Isobel and Van also won the $75 000 overall award in August and I’m pleased to award them an additional $1000 as recipients of the People’s Choice Award.”

    “Judges were impressed by You Were In My Dream’s playful combination of interactivity, narrative and nostalgia, and it was these qualities that entranced so many visitors to the exhibition, which closed on 7 November.

    “This award celebrates the skill and creativity of Australian artists working in challenging and innovative ways with an exciting range of new technologies including digital animation, gaming, robotics, sound sculpture and interactive media.

    The two-part Premier of Queensland’s National New Media Art Award includes a $75 000 prize for the winning artwork, which then becomes part of the Queensland Art Gallery's Collection; and a $25 000 scholarship, presented to an emerging Queensland new media artist.

    Judging this year’s award winner were Queensland Art Gallery Director Tony Ellwood; Bec Dean, Associate Director of Performance Space; and Dr Larissa Hjorth, Lecturer, Games and Digital Art Programs, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

    Contact: 07 3224 4500