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STILL: National Still Life Award 2023

Saturday 7 Oct Sunday 3 Dec, 2023

Now in its fourth iteration, STILL: National Still Life Award is a biennial, acquisitive award for still life artworks across all mediums.

Tamara Dean, The Suspended Moment, 2022, Photography
STILL: National Still Life Award 2023
7 Oct – 3 Dec 2023
Free entry

STILL 2023 Winner Announcement

$30,000 Acquisitive Award Winner

Alana Hunt
…and fled swiftly (i and ii), 2022
35mm film / archival digital print
800 x 530mm (each)

“This award means one more year of the economic puzzle of how to be an artist is solved.  It will allow me to keep working. To keep thinking.  And to keep making.  And for that my sincere gratitude.” said Alana.

$1,000 Highly Commended Award Winners

Grace Dlabik
Hasu, 2023
Intuitively formed stoneware clay, Toru Uta fired with banana skins and palm leaves alongside documented process video.
300 x 290 x 290mm

Miranda Hine
Crime scene still life (Midsomer Murders s14e5), 2023
Oil on Board (diptych)
325 x 480mm


Visitors to the exhibition can vote for their favourite work as part of the $3000 People’s Choice award which will be announced on 28 November.

Image of STILL 2023 Artwork by Alana Hunt titled ...and fled swiftly (i and ii), 2022
STILL 2023 Winning artwork by Alana Hunt, …and fled swiftly (i and ii), 2022, 35mm film / archival digital print, 800 x 530mm (each)
Highly Commended Award artwork by Grace Dlabik titled Hasu,
Highly Commended Award artwork by Grace Dlabik, Hasu, 2023, Intuitively formed stoneware clay, Toru Uta fired with banana skins and palm leaves alongside documented process video, 300 x 290 x 290mm.
Image of Highly Commended award artwork by Miranda Hine titled Crime scene still life (Midsomer Murders s14e5), 2023,
Miranda Hine, Crime scene still life (Midsomer Murders s14e5), 2023, Oil on Board (diptych), 325 x 480mm.

The biennial acquisitive award, now in its fourth iteration, attracted 1143 entries from across Australia, the largest field in the award’s history.

The Award is open to all artists across Australia. STILL 2023 invited fresh and contemporary explorations of still life themes to highlight the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art, broadening the interpretation of this enduring genre.

Still: National Still Life Award 2023 has a prize pool of $35,000

The $35,000 includes the following:

$30,000 Acquisitive Winner’s Award

$3,000 People’s Choice Award

2 x $1,000 Highly Commended Awards

The exhibition is now open; the winner was selected and announced by Guest Judge Max Delany, Artistic Director & CEO, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. The People’s Choice Award, voted by visitors to the exhibition, will be announced towards the end of the exhibition.

STILL 2023 is the first award exhibition to be presented at the new Yarrila Arts and Museum (YAM) and has been curated by Guest Curator, Sandra Conte.

Sandra Conte is based in the Glasshouse Mountains, Kabi Kabi country and is embracing the beauty of the lands of the Gumbaynggirr people at Coffs Harbour, curating the fourth iteration of STILL. An independent curator and arts consultant with a wealth of intercultural experience Australia-wide, Conte has developed new galleries and worked across multiple Universities, in directorial and curatorial roles, on projects at local, state, federal, and national touring, levels. A range of positions include an early career role as Foundation Director and Curator of Caloundra Regional Art Gallery to Visual Arts Manager and Curator, Tandanya (National Aboriginal Cultural Institute), Adelaide. She has curated in excess of 350 exhibitions, judged and opened many art awards and advised on state arts and grant boards. 

“STILL 2023 presents an opportunity to showcase finalists from six of Australia’s states and territories in the sparkling, new Yarrila Arts and Museum (YAM)”.

STILL 2023 Finalists

Alana HuntGaspare MosconeRaelean Hall
Alicia CoxGerry WeddRaffi Butler
Alison MitchellGrace DlabikRaqiya Ahmed
Amelia LynchIsabella WuRaquel Ormella
Andrew ShillamJack Hodges and
Alejandra Ramirez
Ray Monde
Angie de LatourJude WilliamsSam Kenneally
Anita JohnsonKate DorroughSeabastion Toast
Anthony ScibelliKeemon WilliamsStafford Gaffney
Bryce AndersonKiata MasonStephanie Hicks
Chelsea GustafssonKyle Hughes-OdgersSusan Jacobsen
Cherie AllanLeAnne VincentSuzanne Knight
Cheryl McCoyLucy RoleffTala Kaalim
Chloe SmithManuel KangTamara Dean
Clare BelfrageMark MohellTim Ellis
Clive StratfordMia ForrestVanessa Encarnacao
David TuckerMiranda HineVanessa Holle
Denise FaulknerMirra WhaleVictoria Reichelt
Drew SpangenbergMitch CairnsWendy Sharpe
Edwin DaughtryNick MountYabini Kickett
Eleonora PastiNOTYandell Walton
Emma ThorpPeggy ZephyrZai Kuang

Major Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

The award is made possible with the generous support of our Major sponsors,  saso.creative and Bryant McKinnon Lawyers, along with supporting sponsors, Moving ArtAndrew Peace WinesArts Mid North Coast Arts Guide, and Friends of Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery