Hobart Hughes wins 2015 Chippendale New World Art Prize

April 10, 2015

Multi-media Artist, Hobart Hughes heads to Greece as 2015 winner of $100,000 10 year arts initiate


Stills From: Hobart Hughes, Hole in the Sky 2015, Monitor 900mm x 560mm and Video projection 5 meters x 11 meters

Sydney, 9 April 2015 – Sydney artist Hobart Hughes, has been awarded the 2015 Chippendale New World Art Prize for his multidisciplinary video installation, ‘Hole in the Sky’ (2015).

Now in its third year, the Chippendale New World Art Prize is a major ten year arts initiative financed by a personal donation of $100,000, by passionate arts philanthropist, Dr Stanley Quek. The prize’s mission is to foster the next generation of Australian emerging artists by providing international arts residences in some of the world’s most inspiring locations.

This year, Hobart Hughes will take his work and ideas to the Greek island of Kefalonia to partake in a $10,000 arts residency at the Ionion Centre for the Arts and Culture for three months with all expenses paid. Previous CNWAP winners have travelled to Beijing and Spain to practice their craft and exhibit in their host country.

The winner and finalists were selected by this year’s prestigious judging panel including Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Director, Elizabeth Ann MacGregor OBE, art critic and broadcaster, Andrew Frost and the prize’s benefactor, Greencliff CEO, Dr Stanley Quek.

In his work ‘Hole in the Sky’, winning artist, Hobart Hughes, invites the viewer to explore the phenomena of ‘dapples’ – the intricate circular forms created when sunlight passes through a canopy of leaves. He uses immersive projections and accompanying sounds to create this.

“This phenomenon was first noticed by the ancient Greeks and is a result of overlapping leaves forming pinholes. The circles you see are in fact an image of the sun,” Mr Hughes said

The viewer is embraced in coloured fields of these dapples, each field being the same moment stretched slightly in time; surrounded within an electronic memory of light and sound, a presence within a phenomena.

Chippendale Creative Precinct director Nicky Ginsberg said that the judges felt that Hughes’ multidisciplinary installation was “beautifully considered, well executed and perfectly encapsulated this year’s theme of Phenomena.”

“The entire judging panel was taken aback by the high calibre and diversity of the artwork entered into this years’ prize. Although Hobart Hughes was voted unanimously as the standout winner, the judges highly commended the works of three artists:

  • Todd Fuller for Little Star;
  • Alun Rhys Jones for his work Beckham and
  • Chandra + Stewart for Most People were Silent 21:11:19 | 31-12-14.” Ms Ginsberg said.

Thanks to the generosity and vision of the prize’s benefactor, Dr Stanley Quek, the CNWAP has provided life changing international experiences and development opportunities to some very promising creative talent.

It has been very rewarding to watch the CNWAP evolve over the last three years with the amount of submissions growing considerably, year on year. It has now become a highly anticipated event in the Sydney arts calendar.

“We’re delighted to be able to provide this once in a lifetime opportunity for the incredibly talented Hobart Hughes to further his practice on the idyllic Greek island of Kefalonia. We look forward to seeing what he creates during his three month residency” Ms Ginsberg said.

Hughes’ art spans performance, installation, sculpture, animation and film with some of his work attracting global attention. His music clip for Mental As Anything’s ‘Let’s Cook’ was exhibited at the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), New York in and his animation ‘Removed’ was screened at the Tate Modern, London.

The winner along with 36 finalists will be exhibited as part of the Chippendale New World Art Prize 2015 exhibition that spans across three locations in Chippendale: the NG Art Gallery (3 Little Queen St), the Carlton Street project space (Carlton Street, Central Park) and X88 Gallery (88 Abercrombie St).

The Chippendale New World Art Prize 2015 exhibition will run until Saturday 2nd May 2015 across the NG Art Gallery, the Carlton Project Space and X88 Gallery. Opening times are Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm-6pm.