Top judges named for Ocean Shores Art Expo

An internationally recognised art photographer and an assistant director of Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art will judge this year’s Ocean Shores Art Expo.

Michael Cook, a Brisbane and Byron-based art photographer of Bidjara heritage, will judge the photography and digital art sections of the exclusively online expo.  

Cook’s photographs, which explore issues of identity, are represented in major Australian collections, and in significant international collections including the British Museum; The Museum of World Cultures, Netherlands; the Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Utrecht; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, USA. 

Simon Wright, assistant director of the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), will judge the categories of watercolour and gouache; printmaking; drawing and pastels; oil and acrylic; mixed media; and sculpture and 3D art.

Entries in the Ocean Shores Art Expo close on September 15.

Prizes include the $1000 Vale Award, plus prize money of $500 for the winner of each category, and $200 for second place getters and the Viewers’ Choice. 

The expo will open at 10am on October 9 for public viewing and sales, and continue until November 9.  

Viewers can vote for their favourite artwork or photograph from October 9-23.