Next Gen 2014 prize winners

The Next Gen 2014 Awards were announced on Friday 7 February. Award judges were Jimmy Pasakos and Deb Hill - practising artists and lecturers at Federation University's Academy of Art.

Visit the exhibition and vote for the People's Choice Award, spornsored by the Ballarat Society of Artists. An voting iPad is available next to the door into the Timken Gallery.


Most outstanding across all media - Ballarat Ladies Art Association Award

Ellen Gay
A Thousand Moments (detail) digital print
Studio Arts
Teacher: Anne Griffin
Damascus College Ballarat

Judges' comments: This work stands out - it is complex, has depth, is well resolved and ambitious.


City of Ballarat Arts & Culture Award for 2D work

Thomas Hoy
The Nest (detail) scratchboard
Studio Arts
Teacher: Matthew Taylor
St Patricks College Ballarat

Judges' comments: This work shows good composition and is well drawn with good use of 'scratchboard' technique and skill.


City of Ballarat Arts & Culture Award for 3D work

Daniel Toohey
Contemporary Coffee Table/Entertaining unit hardwood, peppermint and jarrah
Design & Technology
Teacher: Peter Ryan
St Patrick's College Ballarat

Judges' comments: This table is well constructed, revealing good use of materials and a very good finish. The well-thought-out design meets professional standards.


Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Sculpture Award

Jessica Burns
Shell papier mache
Teacher: Julia Newson
Phoenix P-12 Community College Ballarat

Judges' comments: This works shows great use of materials, with excellent form and shape, and works well in the gallery context.


Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Photo-based Art Award

Bailey McErvale
Androgyny (detail) digital print
Studio Arts
Teacher: Paul Gerardi
Ballarat High School

Judges' comments: There is a strong narrative theme in this work, as well as excellent use of lighting and composition. While it is quite simple overall, it works very effectively.


Catholic Diocese of Ballarat Mixed Media Award

Phillipa Griffin
What hath night to do with sleep? (detail) mixed media
Teacher: Tony Griffin
Loreto College Ballarat

Judges' comments: Great use of material, well considered, excellent composition and theme. All elements seem to connect and work as one.

 Timson Smith

Catholic Diocese of Ballarat Painting and Drawing Award

Olivia Timson Smith
There are no eyes here I, II (detail) Conté crayon on paper
Teacher: Amber Brennan
Mount Clear Secondary College

Judges' comments: There is good use of the medium - the figures flow, connect and disconnect, are menacing and fulfill an interesting theme.


Creative Framing Gallery Award

Alexander Matthews
Old Farm (detail) tin, wool, nails, paint, wood
Studio Arts
Teacher: Chelsea Fox
Camperdown College

Judges' comments: The worked panels feel like an 'old farm'. This work is well thought out and constructed.


Radmac Office Choice Award

Tori O'Connor
Views from a vehicle (detail)

Judges' comments: This image is well shot, with a great theme and digital software is well manipulated - a great outcome.


Thornton Richards Camera House Award for Photography

Chloe Cameron
Untitled (detail) photograph and resin on particle board
Studio Arts
Teacher: Kim Holgate
Ballarat Secondary College

Judges' comments: These are lovely close ups - so delicate and rich in colour - and they are well printed and presented.


Federation University Encouragement Award

Monique Bodnar
Potions (detail) image transfers on transparency
Teacher: Bronwyn Strachan
Damascus College Ballarat

Judges' comments: The image transfers were interesting and intriguing, revealing a lot of potential for future development. Good work.