– Kate Beynon finalist in MPRG National Works on Paper Prize, 2016 –

Melbourne based artist Kate Beynon is a finalist in the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery's National Works on Paper Prize, 2016. Beynon's entry 'Masked Ogres Dancing' was a work ARTAND Foundation commissioned for our 2015 book collaboration with the artist An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale which was the second iteration of our Dott Tales series, following on from The Nightingale and the Rose.

The book is inspired by a supernatural Chinese story of two young spirits who traverse two diametric worlds, beautifully retold by Laura Murray Cree and Kate Beynon. Ranging from Taoist calligraphy and modern comic book graphics to the artist’s own grandfather’s scroll paintings, the works examine transcultural life and notions of hybridity in our globalised and ‘mixed up’ world.

Sixty-six artists from around Australia have been shortlisted from close to 1,000 entries for the $50,000 National Works on Paper prizes and acquisitions. The prize, the most prestigious acquisitive prize and exhibition of its type in Australia, showcases recent works by artists working in the fields of drawing, printmaking, digital prints and paper sculpture. The judges for this year’s award are Kirsty Grant, Director & CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art; Roger Butler, Senior Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Australia and Jane Alexander, Director Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.