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The calibre of the submissions received by Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop for consideration in the inaugural Peebles Print Prize (PPP) has impressed the judging panel.
The entries from printmakers around Australia were considered by Gordon Craig, Peter Lancaster, and Graeme Peebles. Collectively they’ve pre-selected 59 intaglio prints by 55 artists to form the PPP finalists’ exhibition at the Queenscliff-based gallery from Thursday 3 August.
The prize is in recognition of celebrated local Queenscliff artist and academic, Graeme Peebles, who is world renowned for his intricate type of printmaking known as mezzotint. Peebles studied and lectured at RMIT and is a multi-award-winner in his field with his work collected privately and by institutions around the world.
Master printmaker, Hertha Kluge-Pott will select the PPP winner after viewing the exhibition. Jason Smith, Director of the Geelong Gallery will officially launch the exhibition and announce the winner at a private opening at 3pm on Saturday 5 August.
The PPP winner will receive a $4000 cash prize sponsored by 360Q and one more artist will win a residency as part of the People’s Choice award supported by Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop.
Barry Iddles, the proprietor of 360Q at Queenscliff, said: “We have a world-renowned artist living in Queenscliff. I cannot believe no-one even knows he is here.
“While I am relatively new to town. I feel we should all embrace the historical buildings and the eclectic mix of locals.
“I am now living in Hesse Street which I love it is fantastic it is so easy to walk to the galleries, museums, the historical village and its numerous tourist-friendly attributes.
“I am so enthusiastic by the charm of Queenscliff and I’ve embraced the opportunity to sponsor the inaugural Peebles Print Prize.”

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