The Walkley Foundation is delighted to announce finalists for this year’s Arts Journalism Award and the Walkley-Pascall Award for Arts Criticism.
This year the prestigious Pascall Prize, Australia’s only major award for critical writing about the arts since its inaugural award in 1988, joined the Walkley Foundation’s suite of mid-year awards. The Walkley-Pascall Award for Arts Criticism recognises engaging and exciting voices, both new and established, whose work reveals critical thinking without preconceptions, is sceptical of received wisdom and shows loyalty to balanced, rational argument about the subject at hand.
The Arts Journalism Award recognises a significant contribution in reporting, writing, news breaking and analysis of arts issues. This may include profiles of artists, features and investigations, reporting on the structures and personalities involved in the creation of contemporary culture, and examination of the creative arena.
The judges were impressed by the great number of entries to this year’s Arts Awards. In alphabetical order, the finalists in each category are:
Arts Journalism Award
- John Kelly, Daily Review, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and its 33-year winning streak of artists at the venice Biennale
- John Shand, Johnshand.com.au and in The Sydney Morning Herald, Meaning It: Truth, Trump Universality and Cultural Amnesia
- Virginia Trioli and Gus Goswell, ABC, The dark imaginings of Bill Henson
Walkley-Pascall Award for Arts Criticism
- Delia Falconer, The Australian, Out of the Woods
- Kate Hennessy, The Guardian, The Drover’s Wife review – plot twist leaves Australian classic spinning on its axis
- Roslyn Jolly, Sydney Review of Books, Monster or Mohican
In determining this year’s finalists, judges considered research, newsgathering skill, storytelling ability, and engaging, illuminating voices.
Judges for this year’s arts journalism awards were:
- Patricia Anderson, author, former editor of the Australian Art Review and owner of the Crawford Gallery
- Stephen Feneley, director at Feneley & Co., journalist, broadcaster and communications consultant
- Diana Simmonds, editor at Stagenoise.com, author and arts critic
The winner will be announced at the Walkley mid-year awards in Sydney on July 26. Tickets can be purchased on our website.
Want more on the best arts journalism in Australia? Come to Storyology, the Walkley Foundation’s festival of journalism and storytelling, this August. Check out the program and book tickets. Arts highlights include Art on the page, a conversation in Sydney with Patricia Anderson and critic Sebastian Smee, and Streets of your town, a panel of Brisbane’s brightest young creatives.