Coast lawyer’s 30-year career recognised – Sunshine Coast Daily

A Coast lawyer humbled with being named as a finalist in the LawyersWeekly Australian Law Awards 2020 said his job has allowed him to live by the “ethos of giving back”.

The founder of Argon Law John Gallagher has more than 30 years’ experience in commercial and property law as well as wills and estate planning and is motivated by helping clients to achieve best possible outcomes.

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Mr Gallagher said he was humbled to be recognised and proud to be named as a finalist in the Australian Law Awards 2020.

“I truly have the privilege of working with an incredible team at Argon Law and I thank each and every one of my team for their incredible part in making Argon Law the firm it is,” he said.

“I live by the ethos of giving back and the success of Argon Law has meant that I can continue to contribute to the community through sponsorship of the Buderim9 Challenge Ride and the Sunshine Coast Art Prize.”

The Australian Law Awards recognise excellence across the legal profession and showcase professional development and innovation, celebrating those that are leading the way in the industry.

The Australia-wide search features over 320 high-achieving finalists in the legal profession across 34 submission-based categories.

“It is our pleasure to mark the 20th year anniversary of the Australian Law Awards,” LawyersWeekly editor Emma Ryan said.

“This annual event represents the premier benchmark for those operating in the business of law, covering vast practice areas, level of experience and contribution to the profession.”

The awards ceremony will be broadcast live this year and will be held on August 7.

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Humans all from one community: Hsinchu exhibition – 台北時報

‘YOU ARE ME’: The exhibition hopes to bring people together in the post-COVID-19 era by showcasing how people belong to one community

  • By Hung Mei-hsiu and Dennis Xie / Staff reporter, with staff writer

The theme of the Hsinchu City Art Gallery’s new exhibition is that all humans — regardless of ethnicity, skin color or nationality — belong to the same community, with the hope that the displays would enrich people’s experience in a post-COVID-19 era.

“You Are Me: Mapping New Geographies,” which opened on Thursday and runs until Sept. 20, was curated by Annie Ivanova, one of Australia’s leading authorities on cultural diplomacy.

Due to COVID-19, Germany-based artists Achim Mohne and Uta Kopp, two of the artists featured in the exhibition, contributed their works via videoconferencing, the museum said.

Photo: Hung Mei-hsiu, Taipei Times

Known for making art on the rooftops of famous landmarks and cultural institutions around the world, but especially in Germany and Switzerland, Mohne and Kopp used remote technology to write “Animal Farm” on the rooftop of the Hsinchu Zoo, in their effort to convey the concept that all beings on the planet should respect each other and cohabit in harmony, it said.

Brazilian photographer Angelica Dass, whose father is Afro-Brazilian and mother is of indigenous and Afro-Brazilian descent, contributed 80 portraits of strangers of various skin tones that she met in 17 nations, it said.

The museum quoted Dass as saying that although her family members are all ethnically African, the tone of their skin color varies, inspiring her to capture people of different skin tones and to use her photographs to remove stigma surrounding certain skin colors.

Empty spaces have been left among the portraits hung along the exhibition wall so that viewers can stand in the spaces and take a selfie with the portraits, the museum added.

Other participating artists include Tseng Yu-chuan (曾鈺涓), Liao Chi-yu (廖祈羽), Lin Hao-chiang (林豪鏘) and Liu Chih-hung (劉致宏), it said.

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Upcoming lucrative art prizes and residencies you need to know about – ArtsHub

With hundreds of art prizes, awards and residencies in Australia, knowing the ones to choose isn’t easy when it comes to positioning your artwork. Here are some of the most lucrative in Australia:


A National acquisitive landscape prize with $30,000 awarded annually for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape. Plus, six non-acquisitive prizes on offer including the Defiance Gallery Award, which includes an exhibition in Sydney and the Nock Foundation residency in New Zealand.

Georges River Artist in Residence

The Georges River Artist in Residence program offers artists a unique location to explore their artistic practice. Residencies of up to three months are available and include a studio space and accommodation. Australian and international artists are encouraged to apply.

Dobell Drawing Prize #22

Dobell Drawing Prize #22 is the leading drawing exhibition in Australia and an unparalleled celebration of drawing innovation. Presented by NAS and Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, this biennial, $30,000 acquisitive prize explores the importance of drawing within contemporary practice.


This national acquisitive painting prize is valued at $50,000 with an additional four awards on offer. The 2020 Prize judge is Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney. Receipting day will be held on Monday 10 August, 8am-7pm.

Maritime Art Prize

Entries are now open for the Maritime Art Prize and Exhibition. Artists are invited to respond to the theme ‘The Relationship of Humanity to the Sea’ to compete for a share of $20,000 in prizes.

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

An acquisitive award for an original sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension, open to all artists both emerging through to established. Prizes across four categories now increased to $29,000 to celebrate 20 years in 2020.


One of Australia’s longest-standing and most prestigious prizes. Encouraging conversation about belief and non-belief, hope, humanity, social justice, religion and spirituality through art. Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre manages this bi-annual event with a prize pool of over $41,000.

The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award is an annual art prize inviting artists to submit works in a variety of artistic categories and mediums. Now in its 58th year, with a total of $36,000 in prizes, including the Open section which is acquisitive to the Campbelltown City Council collection,  valued at $25,000

The Paul Guest Prize is a non-acquisitive cash award of $15,000 and exhibition held biennially that highlights contemporary drawing practice in Australia. The Prize was initiated by former Family Court Judge and Olympic rower, The Honourable Paul Guest OAM QC.

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