Artists & Exhibition 2008

Finalists announced in $100,000 prize
for sport and art

Sixteen contemporary artists were selected to compete in the inaugural Basil Sellers Art Prize, a $100,000 award for an artwork on the theme of sport. Chosen by a distinguished panel of judges, the artists shortlisted are: James Angus, Jon Cattapan, Daniel Crooks, Kate Daw and Stewart Russell, Ivan Durrant, Shaun Gladwell, Mark Hilton, David Jolly, Josie Kunoth Petyarre and Dinni Kunoth Kemarre, Richard Lewer, Selina Ou, Scott Redford, Elvis Richardson and Anne Zahalka.

These shortlisted artists had eight months to sharpen their game and prepare their entries for final judging at an exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne, in July 2008. From the submissions it was clear the finalists had embraced the idea of linking art and sport: their entries proposed cutting-edge art, driven by challenging thinking about sport. There was colour and movement but also history, politics, humour and controversy. These artists demonstrated the truth of the old saying, "It's more than a game".