Incinerator Art Award

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2017 Incinerator Art Award: Art For Social Change 


Shortlisted Artists:

Cigdem Aydemir, Hayley Millar-Baker, Sheena Colquhoun, Jacquelene Drinkall, Carly Fischer, Rew Hanks, Heather Hesterman, Alana Hunt, Kelly Hussey-Smith and Alan Hill, Thea Jones, Aaron Martin, Mohsen Meysami, Phuong Ngo, Becc Ország, Perdita Phillips, Jacob Raupach, Georgia Robenstone, Paul Trefry, Matthew Vaughan Yandell Walton and Sharon West.

The Incinerator Art Award is an award of national significance with entries received from every state and territory in Australia. The award showcases the work of 22 artists who make art to promote positive social change.

The award is inspired by the original architects of the Incinerator Gallery, Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony, who believed that art and architecture practices are ethical enterprises that should aim to bring about positive social change. 

On Friday, 6 October the award’s first and second prize recipients were announced. The Incinerator Art Award was judged by Anthony Fitzpatrick (Tarrawarra Museum of Art), Jacqueline Doughty (Ian Potter Museum of Art), and Pippa Milne (Centre for Contemporary Photography). 

Winner $10,000 Boathouse Award:

Alana Hunt, Cups of nun chai, 2017, participatory memorial and media intervention involving tea, conversation, photography and text, dimensions variable


Cups of nun chai (2010-2017) is at once a search for meaning in the face of something so brutal it appears absurd, and an absurd gesture when meaning itself became too much to bear. The work is a participatory memorial that emerged in response to Kashmir’s summer of 2010, during which 118 civilians died in pro-freedom protests. The project unfolded over two years of tea and conversation with 118 people in Australia and South Asia. It connects Kashmir’s story to countless other places and peoples around the world. From mid-2016 the work circulated as a newspaper serial in Kashmir over a period of eleven months, reaching over ten thousand people on a weekly basis. This media intervention was a means of ‘exhibiting’ the work in Kashmir, while also bringing the memory of 2010 into dialogue with the news of ‘today’. This highlighted the historical repetition and change unfolding in Kashmir, the most densely militarised place in the world.

Winner $3,000 Incinerator Gallery Award:

Heather Hesterman, LOSS/GAIN, 2017, plywood, stain, water-jet cutting, native plant stock,160 x 160 x 120 cm


LOSS/GAIN references relocated and lost landscapes displaced through rail and mining. This sculptural work comprises of 400 Australian native plants and is the exact size of an individual mining plot in 1800s Bright, Victoria. Viewers are invited to take a native tubestock to plant in their own garden, however as they do so they cause and mimic habitat loss. This act of revegetation highlights the intrinsic value of the environment, and encourages viewers to contemplate the ethics of their actions. It emphasises the vegetation loss, ‘clearing’ that was caused through colonial expansion, and promotes respect to the land and the Indigenous peoples, acknowledging that they are the first peoples of this nation.

The final prize, the $1,000 People’s Choice Award, will be announced at the conclusion of the exhibition, which will run until Sunday, 26 November.  
The Incinerator Art Award is proudly sponsored by The Boathouse

The Incinerator Art Award is proudly sponsored by The Boathouse. 

Key dates

Opening night: Friday, 6 October, 6pm – 8pm

Exhibition dates: 7 October – 26 November

An Auslan interpreter will be available on the opening of the Incinerator Art Award.

If you have any questions contact the gallery on (03) 8325 1750 or at

The Incinerator Art Award is sponsored by The Boathouse.


2016 Incinerator Art Award

Shortlisted artists:

Lachlan Anthony, Zanny Begg, Peter Burke, Peter Cheng & Molly Biddle, Kevin Chin, Catherine Clover, Perran Costi, Adam Cusack, Gabrielle de Vietri, Julia deVille, Lauren Dunn, Kailum Graves, Matthew Greaves, Paul Handley, Deanna Hitti, Dominic Kavanagh, Deborah Kelly, Bridget Kennedy, Laresa Kosloff, Kristian Laemmle-Ruff, Ashlee Laing, Ben Landau, Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, Jorge Mansilla, Elyss McCleary, Sarah McEwan, Shane McGrath, Kent Morris, Salar Niknafs, Lani Seligman, Nola Taylor, Frank Veldze, Elvis Richardson & Virginia Fraser, Louisa Wang, Dianna Wells, Bethany Wheeler

Winner $10,000 Boathouse Award:

Zanny Begg, 1001 Nights in Fairfield, 2015, video projection with sound, 17:00min (video still)


Winner $3,000 Incinerator Gallery Award

Lachlan Anthony, Vast Impenetrability, 2015, installation, 600 x 400 x 13cm


Winner, $1,000 People's Choice Award

Bridget Kennedy, Choice Mate - Site 4, 2015, floor and wall installation, beeswax, pigments, soil, found objects, gold leaf, fool's gold, an ounce of gold, bookshelf, book, 1.2m high plinth with instructions, dimensions variable (installation view)


Last updated: Friday, 3 November 2017, 2:25 AM