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EXHIBITION SUMMARY Organised by Gallery Services Shane Fitzgerald Eric Nash Erwin Cruz Louise Cummins Rob Donaldson Jo Stacey Holly Grech-Fitzgerald Carly Sheil Leonardo Valero Rurik Henry Jess Cuddihy Sarah Reddington Danielle Berry Wendy Bainbridge Damian Cumner Nicole Richardson Samuel Smith Jo Lankester

Manager Gallery Services Curator Exhibitions and Collection Coordinator Education and Programs Coordinator Digital Media and Exhibition Design Coordinator Team Leader Administration Gallery Services Collections Management Officer Digital Media and Exhibition Design Officer Exhibitions Officer Exhibitions Officer Education and Programs Officer Education and Programs Assistant Arts Officer Administration Officer Gallery Assistant Gallery Assistant Gallery Assistant Gallery Assistant

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Cnr. Denham and Flinders Streets Townsville QLD 4810 Mon - Fri: 10am - 5pm Sat - Sun: 10am - 2pm

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Publisher Gallery Services, Townsville City Council PO Box 1268 Townsville Queensland, 4810 Australia prtg@townsville.qld.gov.au +61 7 47279011 ŠGallery Services, Townsville City Council and the authors 2016 Cover Image Lisa ADAMS Revelation [detail] 2015 47 x 70 cm Oil on canvas Winner of the 2016 Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize

Pinnacles Gallery Riverway Arts Centre 20 Village Boulevard Townsville QLD 4817 Tues - Sun: 10am - 5pm

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BACKGROUND The biennial festival, The Percivals, is North Queensland’s own portrait celebration, and grew from a single competition staged at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in 2007. From 2008, The Percivals became a biennial painting competition, and 2014 saw the most significant expansion of the project with the introduction of a photographic competition held at Pinnacles Gallery. Townsville’s galleries pride themselves on being firmly embedded in the Townsville community and since its inception The Percivals has been an open competition for artists. While showcasing the outstanding and innovative work currently being produced by Australian artists, the competition has also given many emerging artists and residents from Townsville and around Australia an opportunity to engage with portraiture and share their expressions of themselves and those close to them. Thanks to the generosity of Glencore and other sponsors, the painting prize has

steadily grown in stature and prize monies over the years, from $3,000 in 2007 to the current $40,000 acquisitive prize. DUOMagazine has sponsored the $10,000 acquisitive photographic prize since the exhibition’s introduction in 2014. The significant value of both of these prizes has seen The Percivals attract entries from within and outside the region, including a number of international entrants. Across the years participating artists have presented varied styles and approaches to the contemporary portrait - from abstracted images and cool conceptualism to smooth realism and the energetic aura of thick, impasto oils executed with broad brush and palette knife. The variety of works presented means there is something on show to suit every taste, while the growing suite of acquisitive prize winning works now held in the City of Townsville Art Collection is indicative of this impressive range.

Major Prize Winners 2007 - 2014 (right and opposite)

1. 2007 Philip Leong Investments Art Award Prize Money: $2,000 Barbara Cheshire Jack 2. 2008 Xstrata Portrait Award Prize Money: $5,000 Nick Mourtzakis A Portrait of Alex Wodak 3. 2010 Xstrata Percival Portrait Award Prize Money: $20,000 Ted May Tate Adams

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4. 2012 Xstrata Percival Portrait Award Prize Money: $40,000 Kevin Lincoln Self Portrait 5. 2014 DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize Prize Money: $10,000 Roderick McNicol The Late Blossoming of Jack Charles

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6. 2014 Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize Prize Money: $40,000 Frank Giacco Charles Blackman


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EXHIBITION OVERVIEW Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 6 May - 10 July 2016

DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize Pinnacles Gallery 13 May - 10 July 2016

2016 saw The Percivals maintain the momentum created in 2014, when the exhibition was first presented as a citywide celebration of portraiture.

local government area, in celebration of Townsville’s 150th anniversary (T150).

This year’s festival was once again underpinned by two major exhibitions; the Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize presented at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, and the DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize presented at Pinnacles Gallery. The exhibitions both proved popular, enticing entrants from within the Townsville region, all corners of the country, and international applicants. A challenging pre-selection process resulted in 145 paintings whittled down to 94 works for display in the final Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize, while 61 photographic portraits were selected from an initial 112 entries in the DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize. A publication depicting all finalists’ works was again produced for The Percivals. Beyond the major $40,000 acquisitive painting prize and $10,000 acquisitive photographic prize, an additional prize was offered in 2016 for each exhibition. These prizes were open only to artists residing in the Townsville local government area, who had depicted a sitter who also resides in the Townsville

Complementing the major exhibitions were a number of public programs, fringe activities and linked exhibitions. These included talks by the respective exhibition judges, Ross Searle (former Director of both Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and the University of Queensland Art Museum) and Professor Anne Marsh (Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne); an In-Conversation with artist George Fetting and his sitter, media personality Lee Lin Chin; the annual Philip Bacon Guest Lecture delivered by esteemed guest Kim Sajet (Director of Washington D.C.’s National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian); numerous workshops tailored to all ages; roving portrait artists; gala launches; sponsor’s previews; the ever-popular Glencore Percival Animal Portrait Prize; street art projects; and a collaborative paste-up project with local community group LensCap Crew. More detail about these various projects is included later in this Exhibition Summary. Combined, The Percivals recorded over 20,000 guests through the major exhibitions and public programs, with many more viewers of projects in the urban environment. The festival also enjoyed considerable coverage locally and nationally.


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AWARDS The winner of the 2016 Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize was announced at a gala celebration at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, which attracted 609 excited guests. Lisa Adams from Queensland was awarded the $40,000 Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize for her stunning self-portrait Revelation. Local artist Barbara Cheshire was the recipient of the $10,000 Townsville 150th Anniversary Portrait Painting Award for her impressive portrait of Loma Thompson. The Townsville 150th Anniversary Portrait Painting Award celebrated that achievements of the region’s artists and unearths the unique stories of the local sitters they portray. It was a particularly fitting result, as Cheshire was also the inaugural winner of The Percivals in 2007. Judge Ross Searle, a former Director of both Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and the University of Queensland Art Museum, had an incredibly difficult task. The 2016 Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize exhibition showcased works by both established and emerging artists, with a multitude of styles and mediums displayed across both levels of Perc Tucker. Lisa Adams was elated with winning the $40,000 Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize, stating “I try to create honest paintings that speak both about my own personal experience as well as the larger human condition. Love and loss, success and failure, anguish and happiness, violence and tenderness, are all talked about in my work.”

Paul Taylor, Manager, Glencore Townsville Copper Refinery, announces the 2016 winner of the Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize

Mr Searle was incredibly impressed with the quiet beauty of Adams’ artwork, of which he said “the strong narrative element in Lisa Adams’ painting connects to her personal journey as an artist and the resolve and commitment she brings to her work. Her processes recall the approach of Photorealists such as the American

Chuck Close who, in the 1960s and 1970s, conscripted photographs as the basis for their paintings. While grounded in reality, Adams’ frequently fantastical imagery has seen her work compared with Surrealism.” Paul Taylor from Glencore said, “Glencore are delighted to once again partner with Gallery Services, Townsville City Council to deliver the Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize. This exhibition is clearly a highlight in northern Australia’s arts and cultural calendar and undoubtedly one of Australia’s leading portrait prizes. My congratulations to Lisa Adams as the winner of this year’s Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize.” Local artist Barbara Cheshire was honoured to win the Townsville 150th Anniversary Portrait Painting Award. Cheshire’s winning work was a portrait of Loma Thompson, a tireless community crusader and Cheshire’s mother-in-law. Cheshire said of Loma, “She was heavily involved in the establishment of Kindergarten Headstart and the Townsville Women’s Shelter long before government funding was available for these services, and they relied on the hard work of volunteers. Ever the quiet achiever, Loma retrained as a secretary when her children grew older, and went to work at the Townsville Teachers College, and then James Cook University until she retired in 1987. Whilst working there she undertook study and graduated with a BA majoring in History and French in 1986. A survivor of breast cancer, Loma turned her energies to helping other women who underwent surgery for the same disease, providing post-operative support as a hospital visitor for the Breast Cancer Support Group. When her husband needed treatment for prostate cancer, Loma became active in the Prostate Support group as well, helping out with the Relay for Life and other support functions.”

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Impressed by Cheshire’s work, Mr Searle commented, “it has been said of Barbara Cheshire that, in every work, the driving force remains the same: representing ‘complete human experience’ – the marriage of the physical and the spiritual. Thus, we have the integration of senses and soul. This recognition and celebration of the spiritual is a theme that has underpinned much of Cheshire’s artistic career. The portrait has a photorealist optic that seeks to enter into the inner world and outer visage of the subject.” Shane Fitzgerald, Manager Gallery Services, congratulated both winning artists, stating “both Lisa Adams’ and Barbara Cheshire’s works stand out in an incredibly strong field of finalists. I would also like to thank our esteemed judge, Ross Searle for his hard work in choosing the winners.” Fitzgerald was also pleased to announce “as both the Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize and the Townsville 150th Anniversary Portrait Painting Award are acquisitive, both Revelation and I Remember will be entering the City of Townsville Art Collection. They will be beautiful and powerful additions to the already impressive portrait collection held by the City”.

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A week following the launch of the Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize, Brett Canet-Gibson was awarded the $10,000 DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize for his stunning portrait The Life of Riley. Local artist Chrissy Maguire was the recipient of the $5,000 Townsville 150th Anniversary Photographic Portrait Award for her fun and unique portrait Monty and his Man – Pipe, avoiding Box Jellies by standing still. Professor Anne Marsh from the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne had an incredibly difficult task in selecting the winners. Professor Marsh was impressed with the diverse array of styles and approaches to photographic portraiture taken by artists, stating “The Life of Riley is a contemporary portrait encapsulating the strength, defiance and fragility of youth. Here a young male, soon to be adult, appears to search out the gaze of the viewer but it is uncertain whether he sees us. His eyes seem strangely vacant or preoccupied, the set of his mouth and the flare of his nostrils suggest a degree of hostility as he looks out from this frame and into a world. But the emotion is ambiguous: sadness, distain, distress and distrust vie for attention”. Brett Canet-Gibson said his winning portrait highlighted an important social issue; bullying. “Throughout the last year leading up to his teenage years, Riley had been mercilessly bullied at school. He had been knocked out inside the classroom kicked, punched and verbally abused in the schoolyard, and followed and harassed on his way home,” said Mr Canet-Gibson. “After endless meetings with the School Principal to no avail, Riley’s parents decided to sell the family home and move away from the area. Taken in his backyard, this image was made on the evening prior to their departure for New Zealand.”

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Chrissy Maguire’s resplendent black and white photograph of a man and dog swimming near Pallarenda captivated

1. 2016 Townsville 150th Anniversary Portrait Painting Award Prize Money: $10,000 Barbara Cheshire I Remember 2. 2016 DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize Prize Money: $10,000 Brett Canet-Gibson The Life of Riley


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Professor Marsh, who said “Monty and his man – Pipe is a quirky black and white fine art print that tells a local story about living in Townsville. Maguire’s skill as a photographer is clear in the subtle shades of grey and the textural detail of fur, skin, beard and water. But it’s the subject matter that gives the picture its narrative power as we start to imagine the life of the man with his dog. There’s a nonchalant ‘being here’ that gives the image a Zen sensibility but it’s saturated by an ordinariness that would shake off such pretensions”. Ms Maguire said of her work, “I asked Monty’s friend if I could photograph him and he enthusiastically agreed – we discussed the possibility of evening sunlight (no) and we decided on the highest tides in the morning. It was a wonderful shoot and I wish I could show the rest of the story. The day came – it was grey and bright all at once – and Monty put on a great show. He is the old king pin of the dogs”.

During The Percivals, Helen Caldwell was announced as the winner of the Glencore Percival Animal Portrait Prize exhibition for her work, Staying Alive. Sunday 10 July marked the closing of The Percivals, and following that came the announcement of the final two prize recipients voted for by exhibition visitors. Rosana Kersh, a noted Townsville-based photographer, took out the Townsville City Council People’s Choice Award for her work, an image of her brother Sean titled Big Kahuna. The photograph collected a winning total of 41 votes. Tessa McOnie from Fremantle, Western Australia, was the successful artist in the Townsville City Council People’s Choice Award from the Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize for her work Untitled. McOnie received 223 votes in a competition designed to enable exhibition visitors to voice their opinion on the best work on show.

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DUOMagazine Publisher/Owner Scott Morrison said “DUOMagzine is proud to once again be supporting the DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize”. Shane Fitzgerald, Manager Gallery Services congratulated both winning artists, saying “2016 marks the second year of the DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize and the award is growing in both strength and popularity. This year we received entries of the highest calibre from right across Australia”.

1. 2016 Townsville 150th Anniversary Photographic Portrait Award Prize Money: $5,000 Chrissy Maguire Monty and his Man - Pipe, avoiding Box Jellies by standing still 2. 2016 Townsville City Council People’s Choice Award Prize Money: $1,000 Rosana Kersh Big Kahuna

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ARTISTS AND ARTWORKS Reflective of the regard for The Percivals, each major exhibition attracted high numbers of entries from artists around the country, and a select number of entries from overseas. The Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize, which was being held for the sixth time, continued to build momentum. 145 paintings were entered, with 94 works selected as finalists and exhibited at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery from 6 May – 10 July 2016.

Each entry was reproduced in a 172 page exhibition publication, providing each artist a lasting keepsake of their selection as a finalist in The Percivals. Detail images from all of the 155 selected entries are provided in the following pages.

The DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize was being presented for just the second time, but once again attracted the efforts of many photographers. The DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize saw 112 entries, with 61 works selected as finalists and exhibited at Pinnacles Gallery from 13 May – 10 July 2016.

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Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize FINALISTS Lisa ADAMS John ASHALL Donna BENINGFIELD Kelly BIANCHI Kira BURROWS Heather BYRNE Jandamarra CADD Amanda Case MILLIS Laura CASTELL Ian CHAPMAN Barbara CHESHIRE Nicholas CHRISTOFORIDIS Carol CLARK Samuel CONDON Gai COPEMAN Denise CROSS Ryan DAFFURN Philip DAVID Sylvia DITCHBURN Rob DOUMA Marie-Therese DUFF Esther ERLICH Jenny FINN Tony FITZSIMMONS Andrew FORSYTHE Anne FOSKETT Darin FRANKPITT Jeff GANT Jim VAN GEET George GITTOES Mertim GOKALP Debra GOLDSMITH Erica GRAY Craig HANDLEY Tsering HANNAFORD Seppo HAUTANIEMI Jac HAWTHORN Emily HILL Susan HOLLAMBY Regina HONA Yasmin HUNTER Sean HUTTON Jan HYNES Paul JACKSON Alun Rhys JONES Laura JONES Marie-Louise JONES Ros JONES Janne KEARNEY

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Jean KENT Martin KIZUR Uli LIESSMANN Michael LINDEMAN Andrew LINKLATER Kathrin LONGHURST Steve LOPES Donna LOUGHER Jeff MAKIN Effie MANDALOS Felicity MARSHALL Alexander McKENZIE Tessa McONIE Matilda MICHELL Guy MORGAN Mary MORRIS Kathy PETERSEN Rebecca PIERCE Troy QUINLIVEN Irene RAE Anna-Louise RICHARDSON Melissa RITCHIE Jenny ROGERSON Christina ROGERS David ROWE Paul RYAN Elissa SAMPSON Raelene SHARP Michael SIMMS Mark SKELCHER Ian SMITH Rawiri SMITH Melissa STONE Liz STUTE Janelle THOMAS Mark TWEEDIE Tim VAGG Julie VERNON Anne WALSH Lee WISE Christine WREST-SMITH Katrina YOUNG

DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize FINALISTS Sharon ALDRICK Melissa ANDERSON Sarah BARKER Chris BUDGEON Daniel CAMPBELL Brett CANET-GIBSON Greta COSTELLO Nina DAWSON Stephen DUPONT George FETTING Paul FREEMAN Ivan GAAL Matthew GIANOULIS Robert HAGUE Dianne HALLAM Kern HENDRICKS Rod HUNT John JANSON-MOORE Ingvar KENNE Rosana KERSH Soyoun KIM Donna LARCOM Kellie LECZINSKA Jon LEWIS Judi LIOSATOS Annette LIU Mitch LYNN Chrissy MAGUIRE Paula MAHONEY Dannie McCULLOCH Katie MILLER Jacqueline MITELMAN Glen O’MALLEY Meredith PALMER Christina PAPADIMITRIOU Chris PEKEN Andrew RANKIN Michael RAYNER Sarah RHODES Ann-Maree RICKERBY Hedy RITTERMAN Sam SCOUFOS Stephanie SIMCOX Janelle STRUSS Danny TUCKER Theressa WEBSTER Nicole ZICCHINO


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PUBLIC PROGRAMS The Percivals exhibitions featured a developed program of events and engagement activities designed to encourage greater public interaction and enjoyment. These events were headed by intimate Sponsors and Members previews and gala launches of each of the Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize, and the DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize: Sponsor’s Preview Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize 5.30 pm Friday 6 May 2016 Attendance: 15 guests Launch and Prize Announcement Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize 6.30 for 7 pm Friday 6 May 2016 Opened by Paul Taylor, Manager, Glencore Copper Refinery Attendance: 609 guests Judge’s Floor Talk Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize 10.30 am Saturday 7 May 2016 Esteemed judge Ross Searle provided his insights and thoughts on judging the works and selecting the winners. Attendance: 91 guests Launch and Prize Announcement Glencore Percival Animal Portrait Prize 12.30 pm Saturday 7 May 2016 Attendance: 61 guests Sponsor’s Preview DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize 5.30pm Friday 13 May Attendance: 40 guests

Launch and Prize Announcement DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize 6.30 for 7 pm Friday 13 May 2016 Opened by Scott Morrison, Owner/Publisher DUOMagazine Attendance: 497 guests These major events attracted large crowds of local arts enthusiasts and visitors to the city. Judge’s Floor Talk DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize 10.30 am Saturday 14 May 2016 Esteemed judge Professor Anne Marsh spoke about the DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize and provided her thoughts on judging the works and selecting the winners. Attendance: 30 guests Women, Feminism and Art in Australia since 1970 Seminar and Discussion with Professor Anne Marsh Professor Anne Marsh commenced work on her Australian Research Council project Women, Feminism and Art in Australia since 1970 and used the seminar to extend and discuss her research into the impact of feminism on contemporary Australian art. 10am - 2pm Sunday 15 May 2016 Attendance: 25 participants Brick Yourself LEGO® Mini-figure Selfie On an exclusive LEGO® weekend, patrons could customise themselves as a LEGO® mini-figure in an artistic and fun environment with Daniel, Brick Yourself artist and independent custom LEGO® designer. 10 am - 2 pm Saturday 21 May and Sunday 22 May 2016 Attendance: 191 participants


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Portrait Painting with Donna Beningfield Local artist Donna Beningfield explored the genre of portraiture over a series of six workshops. Each participant was guided in a series of painting techniques to produce their own canvas portrait painting of a person of their choice. 10.30 am to 1.30 pm Sundays from 22 May to 26 July 2016 Attendance: 30 participants

Film Screening Families of Townsville The premiere screening of a short documentary which tracked the Families of Townsville street art project. Gallery Services in partnership with the LensCap Crew took historical portraitaure to the streets. 6.30 to 7pm Thursday 30 June 2016 Attendance: 35

Exclusive Friends of the Gallery Workshop with Artist Barbara Cheshire Over two workshops Cheshire guided participants in the art of creating portraits from contour drawing to finished painting. Participants could do one workshop, or develop their portrait over both workshops. 1 to 4 pm Saturday 18 June and Saturday 25 June 2016 Attendance: 22 participants

An Artist and Sitter in Conversation: George Fetting and Lee Lin Chin Esteemed portrait photographer George Fetting and SBS cult personality and journalist Lee Lin Chin provided an indepth look into the relationship between an artist and their sitter. 6.30 for 7 pm Wednesday 6 July 2016 Attendance: 89 guests

The Annual Philip Bacon Guest Lecture with Kim Sajet Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is proud to have partnered with Philip Bacon AM to present the Annual Philip Bacon Guest Lecture which was delivered by Kim Sajet, Director of the National Portrait Gallery Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Sajet’s lecture explored portriature and identity. 6.30 for 7pm Friday 24 June 2016 Attendance: 84 guests Art Escape School holiday workshops filled with fun and fabulous portraits helping to celebrate The Percivals. Week 1: 10.30 am to 12 pm Monday 27 June to Friday 1 July 2016 Week 2: 10.30 am to 12 pm Tuesday 5 July to Friday 8 July 2016 Attendance: 61 participants

Percivals Photobooth Townsville 400 Super Welcome A polaroid photobooth offered for guests of the major V8 welcome to coincide with the DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize. Thursday 7 July 2016 Attendance: 35 participants Animal Life Drawing with Ranger Dan A night of Animal Life Drawing with a multitude of marsupials, reptiles and birds. Ranger Dan and a local artist were on hand to help create some fun animal masterpieces. 6 to 8 pm Thursday 7 July 2016 Attendance: 13 participants Paint and Pinot Whether you’re an art buff or artistically challenged, this fun event allowed participants to take home a fully finalised abstract expressionist masterpiece! Facilitated by local artist and visual arts teacher Ebony Russell. 6 to 8 pm Thursday 16 July Attendance: 20 participants


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Tours and workshops Facilitated by Gallery Services’ Education and Programs staff members for community groups and schools 11 Tours at various dates Attendance: 191 participants LEGO Portrait Workshops Participants created their own portrait at The Percivals using 1 x 1 LEGO Bricks. 10 am, 11.30 am and 1 pm every Saturday from 7 May to 9 July 2016 Attendance: 206 participants Roving Artists Townsville artists brought art to the people as part of The Percivals, strolling through the Cotters Markets in Flinders Street and offering free portraits of visitors. The artists included The Percivals T150 winner Barbara Cheshire, Alison McDonald, Ashleigh Peters, Irene Rae, Lynn ScottCumming, Damian Cumner and Pru Terry. 10 am - 12 pm every Sunday throughout exhibition, and at various events such as exhibition launches, Eco Fiesta, etc. Attendance: 701 participants

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FRINGE EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS Coinciding with this year’s display of The Percivals were a series of Fringe Events and Linked Exhibitions, expanding the reach of the event beyond the Gallery setting into the public realm, and establishing a true festival of portraiture.

As such, LensCap Crew made a small selection of founding families in the region, with each participant focussing their attention on one or two families, sourcing photographs, and penning short historical overviews.

The Glencore Percival Animal Portrait Prize provided a fun exhibition that aimed to share the spotlight and capture the personalities of our scaly, feathered, and furry friends. Importantly, the exhibition also continued to encourage accomplished works that clearly illustrate the affection with which we view our pets and wildlife.

The resulting project included 24 pasteups from historical photographs installed at 16 CBD locations, and 8 locations in suburbs connected to the depicted family. A map was produced to enable viewers to locate the works, while a small publication proved extremely popular.

The biennial exhibition, which offered a $1,000 prize, has continued to enjoy support from major sponsor Glencore, and is warmly received by Townsville residents. The 2016 winner was Helen Caldwell for her work Staying Alive. The exhibition was launched and the prize announced at a light lunch function, which also included a wildlife display by Ranger Dan of Billabong Sanctuary. Following on from Faces of Townsville, the highly successful collaboration with ABC Open undertaken in 2014, Gallery Services teamed with local community group LensCap Crew to present Families of Townsville. The project took portraiture to the streets, and through research conducted by LensCap Crew also traced the history of some of the city’s founding families, coinciding with Townsville’s T150 celebrations. LensCap Crew is a small community group with a shared passion for storytelling projects, and Families of Townsville was not intended to investigate every significant family that has helped build our city. Simply, too many people have made lasting contributions.

Extending on the figurative paste-up focus, Gallery Services also worked closely with acclaimed Australian street artist Baby Guerrilla to conceive and install a new work in Ogden Street. In discussing her practice, the artist stated, “Over the past couple of years I have sought to create a series of works liberated from the constraints of the standard picture plane. My intention is to make my work appear to defy gravity and to evoke a sense of wonder, freedom and escape.” Baby Guerrilla’s new work complements other Ogden Street works by the RUN Collective, Beastman, and ROA, creating a key CBD attraction for locals and tourists alike. A further outdoor exhibition, The PEOPLE’S Percival, was displayed on the flags lining Flinders Street in Townsville’s CBD. The portrait images were submitted by members of the public whom wished to recognise and celebrate a family member, friend or colleague. Further initiatives included an exhibition of photographic portraits by local students, investigating wearable art, displayed in the Townsville Bulletin Square light boxes, and an interactive sticker trail throughout Flinders Street.


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EDUCATION Gallery Services places great importance on providing educational programs associated with exhibitions, and connecting with local artists, schools and young people. The education and public program components associated with The Percivals further emphasised this.

Education Activities delivered as part of The Percivals

A comprehensive Education Kit, discussing themes within selected works and an extensive history of portraiture, was developed and disseminated to all primary and secondary art teachers within the Townsville region via Gallery Services’ Creative Classrooms e-newsletter.

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4 guided tours of The Percivals for 127 students 1 guided tour for University of the Third Age (U3A) members

University of the Third Age (U3A) Northern Beaches State High School St Anthony’s Catholic College St Margaret Mary’s College

Further engagement activities conducted by Gallery Services to coincide with The Percivals included workshops and tours for community and school groups.

1. Northern Beaches State High School tour of the DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize

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SPONSORS

SPONSORS The Percivals is organised and funded by Gallery Services, Townsville City Council, with the generous support of major exhibition sponsors enabling the delivery of specific prizes and components of the exhibition.

Gallery Services wishes to thank all of the sponsors, supporters and partners of The Percivals for their invaluable contributions:

This additional support has once again enabled Gallery Services to go beyond its base level and provide a series of exhibitions and events that has delighted the general public and attracted impressive numbers of visitors. Major Sponsor Painting Prize $50,000 funding to deliver and award the major prize for the Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize, and support for the delivery of the Glencore Percival Animal Portrait Prize

Major Sponsor Photographic Prize

$10,000 funding to deliver and award the major prize for the DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize

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2. Gallery Services’ volunteers assisted with the delivery of numerous workshops


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VOLUNTEERS Gallery Services’ dedicated volunteers have again contributed to the successful delivery of a major event. Throughout The Percivals, a large team of volunteers assisted with: • Visitor Experience and Administration • Public Programs • Exhibition Installation, Maintenance and Demount The Percivals utilised the talents of 41 volunteers, who completed 196 shifts (totalling more than 630 hours). Gallery Services’ volunteer team provided friendly greetings and useful information to patrons, excellent service to participating artists, and behind-the-scenes acted in a professional manner to help achieve the receipt of artwork, installation, demount, and return of artwork in a timely fashion.

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V I S I TO R F EED B AC K

VISITOR FEEDBACK With over 20,000 visitors participating in The Percivals, particularly by visiting the two primary exhibition venues - Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Pinnacles Gallery - it was inevitable that a wealth of visitor feedback would be recorded. Indicative of patrons’ appreciation of the exhibitions and the works therein, 239 comments were left in the Galleries’ guest books, of which 99.16% were positive accounts. A very small selection of our favourite comments are provided below and opposite: Oh the faces. The stories they tell. Marten Better than the Archibalds. Tracy Cheffins Bella, Bella, Bella. Mary Moody Beautiful work. Compliments to the artists. Silvia Amazing talent, so worth a visit. Steve and Chris G. We are so lucky in Townsville!! Wendy Great array of talent and subjects - pets included. Jean Wonderful and diverse. R. Weatherley Incredible to see such an array of talent in so many different ways. Very inspiring. Brenda OMG - the work just keeps getting better. Ange Fabulous! One of the better exhibitions we’ve seen. Well done. Kerrie and Warren


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Some beautiful pieces, a pleasure to see, thankyou. Derry Scott Great exhibition, high calibre of entrants. Alicia Doherty Wonderful exhibition. Very well presented. High quality of entrants. Robyn Drummond This is my third visit this week - feel so fortunate to be here at this time and able to see this amazing collection of works - inspirational. Karrie Millson As good a collection of portraits as I’ve seen. Lynne Lloyd Very interesting, loved seeing all the ways a personality can be presented. Felicity Doyle Have never seen such a large collection by so many talented artists. Just wonderful. Thank you x Ruth and Bob Whatley Wonderful competition and opening event - Thank you! Annette Liu Great exhibition with some amazing photographic portraits. Thanks! E+F Very astounding! Each piece has a message and provokes emotions - so powerful! Ashleigh Pollard Thank you for providing art space and inspiration! S Bryett All the photos in here are so amazing, I hope to one day be as brilliant in photography as these people are. Annie Adams Loved it. Great to see photography elevated. Thanks. Kate Potent, powerful, playful and pertinent. Everyone is a winner in this gallery today. Dee McDougall Excellent photography. Very impressed with work presented. Lucy Pytz Absolutely love both the winners, great choices. Great talent. Chris Greenwell Very moving and a good variety of subjects. Kevin

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MEDIA AND MARKETING An extensive media and marketing strategy was put in place, which resulted in high levels of exposure and positive media coverage for both the event and the participating artists.

Marketing materials and exhibition collateral developed by Gallery Services to promote the event, and assist visitors in interpreting and enjoying the exhibition, included:

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Publication Online publication via Issuu Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize Call for Entries Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize Invitation Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize Sponsor’s Preview Invitation DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize Call for Entries DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize Invitation DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize Sponsor’s Preview Invitation Perc Tucker Regional Gallery façade banners Flinders Street flags Flinders Street A2 posters The Percivals Activity Book The Percivals Education Kit, distribution to every primary and secondary school in the Townsville region Glencore Percival Animal Portrait Prize Call for Entries Glencore Percival Animal Portrait Prize Invitation Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize dedicated webpage within the Townsville City Council website

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DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize dedicated webpage within the Townsville City Council website Stories in the May, June, and July issues of Foreword, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery’s monthly e-news, combined distribution of 2,250 Stories in the May, June, and July issues of The Summit, Pinnacles Gallery’s monthly e-news, combined distribution of 2,250 The Percivals dedicated e-news at commencement of exhibition, distribution of 1,200 Townsville City Council People’s Choice Award voting sheets Local television advertisement Facebook coverage Twitter coverage Instagram coverage Branded Polaroids Branded sketch pads for roving portrait artists Activity Sheets Free Family Fun Day flyers and posters The PEOPLE’S Percival Townsville Bulletin Call for Entries advertisement Story in Townsville City Council’s Arts/Culture/Events May-July quarterly newsletter, distribution of 10,000 Channel 7 News stories WIN local television News stories Regular listings and paid advertisements in Townsville eye, Townsville Bulletin’s weekend social liftout Listing in May/June edition of Art Guide Australia Listing in July/August edition of Art Guide Australia Bus advertisement Large floor stickers at Townsville Airport arrivals Interactive floor stickers trail through Flinders Street ‘It’s Live’ 2016 Events Guide calendar and features ‘Artist Brush to Snap Up Percival Portrait Prizes’ images and article, DUOMagazine, March 2016

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Foreword ‘Heart of the Nation’ article and image on artist Chrissy Maguire, The Weekend Australian What’s On This Month DUOMagazine listing, May 2016 ‘Peeking Through Windows’ four page article and images feature, DUOMagazine, May 2016 ‘Prize portrait after 20 years’ images and article, Townsville Bulletin, Saturday May 7 2016 Sun Socials launch photographs, Townsville Sun, Tuesday May 10 2016 ‘Revelation wins over the judges’ photo and article, Noosa News, Friday May 20 2016 ‘Eye Must’ photo and exhibition blurb, Townsville eye liftout, Townsville Bulletin, Saturday May 21 2016 ‘And The Winners Are...’ three page article and images feature, DUOMagazine, June 2016 Social launch photographs three page feature, DUOMagazine, June 2016 ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ article and picture double page feature, Townsville eye liftout, Townsville Bulletin, Saturday June 11 2016 What’s On Planner ‘Lecture Puts Portraits in the Picture’ article and picture, Townsville Bulletin, Tuesday June 14 2016 Weekend Planner listing, Townsville Bulletin, Friday July 1 2016 Weekend Planner listing, Townsville Bulletin, Friday July 8 2016 Two full page Public Programs liftout posters, Townsville Bulletin, released during the School Holidays Artlink advertisements showcasing winning works Distribution of winner announcement through national industry networks


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Lisa ADAMS Revelation 2015 47 x 70 cm Oil on canvas Winner of the 2016 Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize


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