Next Big Thing – Winners Announced

Next Big Thing – Winners Announced

Wellington Shire Council and Gippsland Art Gallery are delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural Next Big Thing – a new program to support emerging artistic talent in Gippsland.

Marlee McMahon of Maffra and Josephine Jakobi of Lakes Entrance will each present solo exhibitions at the Gippsland Art Gallery in 2017. Each artist will receive a fee and mentorship from Gallery staff as they develop their respective exhibitions.

Marlee McMahon, who is currently studying for a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, participated in the VCE exhibition Flourish at Gippsland Art Gallery in 2014, and in 2015 was awarded the Wellington Youth Art Prize. Her exhibition Optic White will comment on ideas of removal, obsession and order in contemporary living, through a series of paintings on board. McMahon says her subject matter references “domestic cleaning products, pattern, design, and colour, with both familiar and abstract images”.

Josephine Jakobi completed a Master of Visual Arts at Monash University in 2010, and has since exhibited at the East Gippsland Art Gallery in Bairnsdale. Her exhibition Halocline will explore the shores and waters of Lake Tyers. Jakobi says “I am an interested observer of ecology. The layers of living networks in natural environments are the source material for artworks that are always investigative and often experimental”.

The two winners were selected from a field of fifteen entrants by senior Gallery staff and staff of Regional Arts Victoria. Each artist will be given twelve months to prepare their exhibitions, which will be presented concurrently in April 2017.