2019 Patron / Sam Cranstoun





Sam Cranstoun’s multidisciplinary practice combines various forms of research with a wide array of media to create work that investigates different systems of representation. His work regularly focuses on historical figures and events as a way of exploring how history is shaped, how it functions and how we as spectators rely on different visual systems as a way of understanding the past. These investigations address the importance of the role assumed by the artist in creating work, as well as the importance of popular culture, mass media, art, architecture and design in forming a collective understanding of our environment and surroundings. His practice traverses a variety of mediums, including collage, sculpture, painting, drawing, watercolour, sculpture and video, focusing on historical figures, events and images as a way of exploring how history and current affairs are shaped and how we respond.


Cranstoun has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT). His works is held in private and public collections including University of Queensland Art Museum, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum and the Museum of Brisbane. Cranstoun has been a finalist for the Archibald Prize, the Churchie Prize, the National Works on Paper Award, and selected exhibitions include GoMA Q, 2015 (Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane), Light Play, 2015 (UQ Art Museum, Brisbane) and Guarding the Home Front, 2015 (Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Liverpool NSW), and was the recipient of the 2016 Art Bank QPAC Commission.

In 2018 Cranstoun presented a solo show at the Museum of Brisbane, and in 2019 created a large-scale installation for The National, held at Carriageworks. Cranstoun is represented by Milani Gallery in Brisbane.


"It is with great pride that I take on the role of Patron of the churchie national emerging art prize. In the early stages of my career, exhibiting as a finalist in 'the churchie' was a key part of my professional development, allowing my work to reach new audiences, as well as giving me the opportunity to exhibit alongside some of the nation’s best-emerging artists.

Since then, I have keenly followed 'the churchie' and watched as its past finalists have gone on to grow and refine their careers, and exhibit on a national stage. The support offered by 'the churchie' is truly invaluable for emerging creative practitioners, and I look forward to taking on a more active role in supporting this new generation of artists as Patron of 'the churchie'."​ 

Photo: Cydney Holm