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Stencil Art Prize makes the publishing ‘cut’

Newcastle artist Jacinta Fintan has launched a new coffee table book documenting the history of the Stencil Art Prize.

CUT: 10 Years of the Stencil Art Prize was welcomed onto book shelves on Friday 4 June after a celebration at Newcastle Library.

The book is Jacinta’s first publication.

‘CUT’ tells the story of the Stencil Art Prize’s growth and evolution, through the eyes of its founder and creator, Jacinta Fintan. 

Beginning as a small Council-funded prize in Sydney’s inner west, the Prize grew into a globally significant prize, drawing entries from elite stencil artists in more than 20 countries. 

It toured across galleries in Australia bringing the finalists’ work to the cities and regions.

“There’s no doubt that we will look back at the last decade as one of the most tumultuous in our lifetimes,” Jacinta says.

“Like all great art, the 500 artworks in CUT reflect the times their artists lived through – the Climate emergency, the Global Financial Crisis, the chaos of Australian politics, Trump, Brexit and the Covid pandemic.

“CUT documents the changes in stencil art, from its relatively primitive origins to highly sophisticated, labour-intensive major works. But always with a cutting edge, reflecting the large crossover with the broader street art community.”

The 188-page, hardcover colour book contains more than 500 artworks from more than 200 Australian and international artists. 

“It’s a must-have for fans of art, design or politics,” Jacinta says.

CUT is published by Sydney’s Not Quite Newtown, the publishing house behind popular children’s street art books The Stripey Street Cat and The Girl Who Made Rainbows.

To purchase the book go to https://store.mca.com.au/products/cut-10-years-of-the-stencil-art-prize-author-jacinta-fintan

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