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Preview of Still Life art awards

We welcome you to a SPECIAL PREVIEW OF STILL on Friday 20th September from 6pm with the Friends of Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. This is your opportunity to be the first to view the incredible finalists before the National Still Life Award officially opens and prizes are announced the following night.

Tickets are limited so please ensure you book online today!

It promises to be an entertaining evening with a special performance by our local 11th Hour Choir and informative insights from this year’s STILL judge, Rebecca Coates, Director of Shepparton Art Museum (pictured below). 

Location: Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coff Street , Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450

Rebecca Coates

Be one of the first to vote in the popular People’s Choice Award and should you fall in love with one of the artworks, you will have a chance to submit an early expression of interest. 

This year STILL received a record number of entries from artists across Australia, even topping the famous Archibald Prize. No doubt inspired by the $30,000 prize! Of the 56 finalists selected, 14 hail from our Northern NSW region. See how these artists have approached the still life genre including sculpture, painting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, installation and video.  Still finalist below: Freeman Honor, Small Acts of Care ,2019, slip cast porcelain.

WIN a Trip to Melbourne! You can also grab some raffle tickets to go into the draw for a trip for 2 to the culture capital including flights, 3 nights in a 5 star hotel and breakfasts. Tickets $5 from the Gallery with funds going towards our gallery’s collection. Thank you to The Travel Centre for the prize worth $2,500!

We are thrilled that our fundraising efforts allow Friends to Sponsor STILL this year, contributing to a prize that has attracted outstanding talent and positioned Coffs Harbour as a destination for still life art. 


The Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Come celebrate STILL with canapes and soft drinks provided on arrival, and a selection of wines and beer available at our paid bar.

Remember to book your free ticket at:

From an email from the Friends of the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery


  1. Please feel free attend this event or the opening night on Saturday September 21, to let the Friends Of The Gallery and Coffs Harbour City Council staff know that we are not happy that they have been backing the Council into wanting to give themselves new offices at the expense of an enlarged Art Gallery that we could be proud of on City Hill. A small handful of the Friends are running this agenda on behalf of Council and the Chamber of Commerce along with the CEX Club.
    All who oppose the current plans are welcome to attend to see for themselves the Gallery and Friends in action.
    I am sure they would welcome your views and opinions as part of the community consultation process that has up until now been lacking.

    • Chris Bramley

      I doubt I’d be welcome Rob. I understand some bias given the need for improved gallery facilities, but is it balanced with the need for improvements in a lot of the cultural and arts, community facilities throughout the LGA?
      I’m also confused by how the Library Gallery Advisory Panel had the capacity to drive Council to remove the proposed performing arts space in favour of new Council offices.
      Was there no representation for the performing arts?

  2. Your comments are what you think and everyone is entitled to their views. I question though your timing and the impact with unintended consequences. We have an art prize that has attracted more entrants than the archibald and 42 finalists from all over Australia. This is not a moment to take away from the artists. This is a moment to celebrate the very fact that a small regional art gallery can attract artists, a regional town with a small group of volunteers can raise $30,000 in prize money, and a regional town in Australia has created a prize that has national significance. Coffs Harbour should be proud and not confuse the future plans of the gallery with the opportunity it has been provided. Artists and towns that support the arts need every opportunity and protests on the eve of a major prize detract and derail the intention of the very nature of a national art prize.

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