Greg Weight – Finalist in the 2019 Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture

In Artist August 10, 2019

Greg Weight, Den, Across the Old Table (2017), inkjet print

Congratulations to Greg Weight for his poignant portrait ‘Den, Across the Old Table’ that has been selected as a finalist in the 2019 Olive Cotton Awards at Tweed Regional Gallery.

The Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture is a $20,000 biennial national award for excellence in photographic portraiture dedicated to the memory of photographer Olive Cotton. The winning work is acquired for the Gallery’s Collection. The exhibition is selected from entrants across Australia and is a significant opportunity for photographers living and working in Australia.

The award was launched in 2005, and is funded by Olive Cotton’s family and dedicated to her memory as one of Australia’s leading twentieth century photographers. The Award has grown and gained national recognition attracting entries from well-known and emerging photographers across Australia. The award boasts a major acquisitive biennial prize of $20,000, selected by the Award judge. In addition, the Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc. fund $4000 for the acquisition of portraits from the exhibition entries to be chosen by the Gallery Director. Visitors to the exhibition may also vote for their ‘people’s choice’, which awards $250 for to the most popular finalist.

This year’s award was judged by Marian Drew, who is a Adjunct Associate Professor at the Queensland College of Art, and is one of Australia’s most influential and significant photo-media artists, with a practice spanning more than thirty years.

The exhibition runs from the 12 July – 22 September at Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW. To view the winners of this year’s prize, visit the website.

Greg Weight

Photographer Greg Weight has photographed some of Australia’s most significant artists including Arthur Boyd and Brett Whiteley. His photographs have been included in group exhibitions at Old Parliament House, the Brett Whiteley Studio and the National Portrait Gallery. Weight was awarded a residency at Hill End in NSW in 1999 and the Citigroup Australian Photographic Portrait Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2003. In 2004 a book of Weight’s photographs titled ‘Australian Artists’ was released, accompanied by an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra in 2005. Weight’s work is held by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra; the National Library of Australia, Canberra and the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney.