Mary McGillivray is an art historian and visual essayist who has over 350,000 followers on her popular TikTok channel, @_theinconoclass. Earlier this year she made headlines when she utilised her formal art history education to debunk the rumour of the Italian glam rock band Måneskin indulging in some 'nose candy' whilst in the greenroom at this year's Eurovision contest. Applying one point perspective to various artworks as a means of understanding the scandalous image of the alleged drug-use, Mary both educated and entertained over 3 million viewers with her signature wit and charm.
Mary has been engaged by the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery to develop 10 new video essays to explore a selection of works from this year's finalists. Every Sunday of the STILL 2021 exhibition from Sunday 22 August, a new video will be released on her TikTok channel, and on our IGTV (Instagram TV) discussing all things life, death, floral, decaying and most importantly, answer the questions - can a video be a still life? Can sound be a still life? What IS still life? Tune in to find out!
This year's STILL finalists are:
Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer, Jordan Azcune, Julie Bartholomew, Samuel Beattie, Catherine Bell, Peter Berner, Yannick Blattner, Sophie Bottomley, Kristin Burgham, Steve Bush, Penelope Campbell, Jacob Canet-Gibson, Regi Cherini, Michael Cook, Grace Cram, Mitchell Donaldson, Kate Dorrough, Blak Douglas, Katherine Edney, Ernabella Arts, Sebastian Galloway, Susan Gourley, Libby Haines, Charlotte Haywood, Emma Hodges, Harley Ives, Susan Jacobsen, Josh Juett, Violetta Lanza, Chris Leaver, Donna Marcus, Kiata Mason, Noel McKenna, Nikky Morgan-Smith, the incrEdible Museum, Michelle Neal, Pamela Pauline, Sarah Randall, Genevieve Felix Reynolds, Rose Rigley, Avan Robins, Brian Robinson, Lucy Roleff, Yul Scarf, Daniel Sherington, Ken Smith, Kylie Spear with Thomas Kidd, Dannielle Thorman, John Van Der Kolk, Oksana Waterfall, Gerry Wedd, Greg Weight, Polly Wells, Cleo Wilkinson, Elizabeth Willing, Andrea Wilson, Chris Wilson, Kat Shapiro Wood, Peggy Zephyr.
Judge: Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
This award would not be possible without the generous support of our major sponsors, saso.creative and Bryant McKinnon Lawyers, along with our supporting sponsors, Moving Art, Andrew Peace Wines, Friends of Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Harbour Magazine.
Find out more about STILL: National Still Life Award 2021 at www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/still
Image credit: Mary McGillivray for Summer Arrangement, as part of Still Sundays. Courtesy of Mary McGillivray and Sebastian Galloway.
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Format Exhibition and Shows