Artist Sarah Contos has been awarded the inaugural Ramsay Art Prize, which comes with $75,000 and a place in the Art Gallery of South Australia’s permanent collection, writes John Dexter of the Adelaide Review. Contos received the award, funded by the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation, for The Long Kiss Goodbye, 2016, a “twenty-first-century quilt . . . [that] celebrates power women in all their glory with fireworks, sequins, and PVC,” said Leigh Robb, one of the competition’s judges and curator of contemporary art at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
The inaugural prize was established for artists under forty years of age and bills itself as the most financially generous prize in Australia. The twenty-one finalists for the prize are still eligible for the Lipman Karas People’s Choice Prize, worth about $11,200. The winner will be announced on August 11.