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Members’ Show

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 NCCA Members’ Show, Peer Review!

Simon Cooper won a years’ subscription to Artlink Magazine for his cryptic triptych.


David Hancock won $500 worth of freight with COPE Sensitive Freight for his photographic portrait of Therese Ritchie.


Rosemaree Jane Ludlow won a trip to Sydney to see The National: New Australian Art for her intimate self-portrait.


And last but not least Andy Ewing won a two-month artist/curator opportunity with the City of Darwin Public Art Platform Program for his 16-piece portrait of the glamorous Sianne Tate.


Thanks to all the artists who submitted works, and thanks to all our members for your support over the last year. Thanks also to judges Sahn Cramer and Carmen Ansaldo.

This year’s Member’s show is bent on portraiture but not just any portraiture. As the ‘Peer Review’ title suggests, the focus is on artists portraying each other. The idea comes from the annual Blunt Edge Portraiture Award in Cairns which began as a way of bringing the arts community together, particularly where an artist is asked to portray a fellow artist they have yet to meet.

Artists chose their portrait subjects by way of a ballot or free choice.

PRIZE A: One Year Subscription to Artlink Artlink is a quarterly themed magazine covering contemporary art and ideas from Australia and the Asia-Pacific.Special thanks to Artlink’s Executive Editor Eve Sullivan for offering a one year subscription to Artlink.

PRIZE B: $500 Freight with COPE Sensitive COPE Sensitive are our preferred freight company, transporting artwork for us to and from all over the country. We couldn’t do what we do without them! COPE are also longstanding supporters of our Members’ Shows and this year is no exception with a generous donation of $500 complimentary freight to a winning artist. Planning a show interstate? COPE has you covered!

PRIZE C: Flights to Sydney for The National: New Australian Art The national is a new initiative between three of Sydney’s premier cultural institutions – the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA). Over the next 6 years, these institutions with partner for The National: New Australian Art, a survey of the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art. Our very own Karen Mills has been selected as one of the first nine artists to exhibit their work in The National 2017 (30 March-18 June 2017), and we are flying one of our winning artists to see the show!

PRIZE D: Two Month Artist/Curator Opportunity with the City of Darwin Public Art Platform Program One of the three new commissioning models of the City of Darwin’s Public Art Pilot Plan is their Public Art Platform program. This involves commissioning local curators to program public art platforms throughout the city. These platforms may include LED screens, free standing light boxes, display cases and other varied infrastructure for the presentation of and engagement with contemporary art. The platforms will be curated through an expression of interest process and artists are encouraged to be edgy, forward thinking and to provoke discussion.

The City of Darwin is offering the winning artist the opportunity to present their own work or curate a two month program for the Public Art Platform program, with a budget of $5000 to make it happen! This is an exciting opportunity and NCCA is proud to partner with the City of Darwin in bringing this opportunity to a winning PEER REVIEW artist.


Sahn Cramer Sahn has worked in the arts for more than 26 years having started out as a fledgling young artist in Sydney studying at the National Art School in Darlinghurst in the early 90’s before heading to Tasmania where she completed her Fine Arts Degree. Over the years she moved into arts management, was Director of the Carnegie Gallery in Hobart, she managed the City of Hobart national art prize, before becoming a public art manager.  She has worked across the country in various roles including time as a consultant in Cape York in re-establishing the Western Cape Cultural Centre before coming to Darwin. As a practising artist she understands the creative process, as an arts manager she understands the demands and opportunities for artists and with this knowledge she is currently working with the City of Darwin to support and enable the contribution artists make to the cultural life of this City.

Carmen Ansaldo Carmen Ansaldo is an art writer and activist from Brisbane who has been based in Darwin since the middle of this year. Her published works span the last decade and have been featured in local, national and international online and print publications. She has graduated in Fine Art (Painting) from the Queensland College of Art, receiving the Gertrude Langer Prize for Contribution to the Arts and Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence. She is also an honours graduate in Art History from the Queensland College of Art, receiving the UMAP scholarship to study at the State University of New York, Long Island to further investigate her thesis focusing on the intersection between contemporary art and protest movements.

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