Past winners include Robert Hannaford (1998), Elisabeth Cummings (2000), Joe Furlonger (2002), Ian Grant (2004), Ken Whisson (2006), Tim Burns (2008), Julie Harris (2011), Fiona Lowry (2013) and Tony Albert (2016).
The Fleurieu Art Prize was ambitious from the outset. With a goal to raise the profile of the Fleurieu Peninsula the founders convinced local wineries and businesses to support a Prize for landscape, supported by associated prizes.
The main landscape prize gained prestige and was for some time the richest landscape prize in Australia.
Over the years, the Fleurieu Art Prize has taken a variety of forms and has seen a few name changes, including the Fleurieu Biennale.
In 2016, Fleurieu Art Prize was shown at the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art in Adelaide and the Fleurieu Food + Wine Art Prize was revived as a community run exhibition in McLaren Vale.
2018 Fleurieu Biennale
The Fleurieu Biennale returned to its home on the Fleurieu Peninsula in 2018.
WINNERS: James Tylor and Laura Wills
James and Laura have been collaborating on new works that merge their own experiences of Australian colonial history and investigate the idea of mapping, conflict and colonialism. Hidden Landscapes: Kangaroo Island is their latest work. It explores the history of Kangaroo Island, particularly the early sealers and Aboriginal Tasmanian women who lived there before white settlement. This collaborative project between an Indigenous and a non-Indigenous artist helps find a way to decolonise the telling of stories about Australian frontier history in mainstream society. James said “winning the prize is great validation….something like the wars between British and Aboriginal people has really not been something that has been discussed all that much, and to be able to make a work that highlights that history and to have a nationally significant prize acknowledge that work is really amazing. It is nice to know we can talk about those harsh histories and it be acknowledged by the community.”
2016 Fleurieu Food + Wine Art Prize
The 2016 FFW+AP was a successful community event exhibited across a number of wineries in the Mclaren Vale region.
WINNER: Fran Callen
In Tabletop 1, Fran explores the experiences of new-motherhood, domesticity and the struggle to find the ultimate art/mother balance. In making the work an un-stretched canvas was draped tablecloth-like on the kitchen table and objects were sketched as they landed on the table during daily routines of family life such as cooking, eating, filling milk bottles and packing lunches. Wine, coffee, tea, and salt all become part of the media.
Fran has been busy since the FFW+AP win. Check out her latest work.