Sarah Goffman wins National Still Life Award 2017


Congratulations to Sarah Goffman who has taken out the $20,000 Still: National Still Life Award with her collection of recycled plastic containers painted to resemble antique Chinese ceramics.

“I am overwhelmed and so grateful to win this award,” said Goffman at the announcement last week. “Art prizes present a conundrum. I have mixed feelings, if only every artist in this exhibition could be awarded $20,000. It’s brave to make art, we make ourselves vulnerable and we’re not always rewarded for it.”

The biennial acquisitive award was judged by Lisa Slade, assistant director of artistic programmes at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

“Still has placed the still life genre at the heart of contemporary art practice,” she said. “There is a real sense that something new is happening here.”

Tiffany Cole, Sarah Edmondson, Guy Gilmour, Sam Leach, and Prue Venables all received commendations. Ben Fayle and Greg Weight shared The People’s Choice Award of $5000.

The Still: National Still Life Award at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery was open to still life compositions in all mediums. Goffman’s winning work, Asian Table, was selected from a field of 63 finalists and the exhibition of all their work includes painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, ceramics, glass, sculpture, video, printmaking and textiles.

Still: National Still Life Award
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
23 November –  20 January 2018

News Words by Art Guide Australia