Finalist: 2024 Lethbridge Small Scale Art Award

the words 'lethbridge small scale art award 2024 finalist', floating over artwork by Anna Jacobson of a figure with golden thread swirling around their face.

I am a finalist in the 2024 Lethbridge Small Scale Art Award. This year’s exhibition will be on display 13 – 30 July at Lethbridge Gallery, 136 Latrobe Terrace Paddington, in Brisbane. Please check opening times before visiting. You can buy the work here.

My photographic work ‘Golden Thread’, a self-portrait, was inspired by a dream I had.

an art self-portrait by Anna Jacobson with brushstrokes of golden thread weaving over her face and closed eyes and the darkened background.

I dream I am having golden thread painted on my face, body, and the walls of the gallery in an installation by an artist – a young woman unknown to me but who seems familiar. The thread is connected in one long swirling line, glimmering, and glittering (Anna Jacobson, 2024).

Out from the Mist – Short Movie Winner

aqua watercolour birds flying over a page of black and white line drawings of a girl with her arms stretched out, under a tree

I feel honoured to win the Australia Asia Film Group Prize in the Out from the Mist Short Movie category.

My work Setting Free Anxiety Like a Fistful of Birds can be viewed below and will be screened on AusAsia TV online.

The Out from the Mist (Representations of Mental Health) exhibition at Superordinary in Brisbane will be open from 11-15 October from 10 am to 2 pm each day during Mental Health Week 2021.

a photo of Anna holding a swirly trophy
Photo by Alan Jacobson

Art from the Margins Emerging Artist Exhibition 2021

a cropped view of a laser cut etching casting shadows. the image is of an intricate spice box with its door open.

Last year I won an Emerging Artist Award from Art from the Margins ‘Outsider Art Awards’. The result is an exhibition of my drawings from my poetry collection Amnesia Findings (2019, UQP), which are transformed into floating shadowy laser cuts, thanks to a collaboration with John Waldron.

a floating shadowy laser cut of my drawings from separation ceremony in 'Amnesia Findings'
‘Separation Ceremony’ from Amnesia Findings (laser cut)

Come visit the AFTM Gallery to view the works – (Monday – Friday) May 24 – July 9 2021.

Photo credit: Anne Sawyer

Finalist in the 2019 Marie Ellis Prize for Drawing

9 line drawings and self-portraits of Anna Jacobson that she drew while feeling depressed, drawn over a 34-minute period. The quirky drawings helped the artist to feel lighter after.

In 2019, I was honoured to be a finalist in the Marie Ellis Prize for Drawing. My drawing ‘Self-portrait while Depressed’ was exhibited at the Project Gallery, Queensland College of Art.

Self-portrait while Depressed

I was going through a period of depression and decided to draw a series of self-portraits. Created over a thirty-four minute period, the process of drawing quickly turned cathartic as I realised how humorous and quirky the portraits were becoming. As the line drawings became more funny and free, I began to feel lighter.

Poetry Mural

On Saturday May 18 2019, as a collaboration between Queensland Poetry Festival and Brisbane Street Art Festival, five poets: Shastra Deo, Raelee Lancaster, Mindy Gill, Anisa Nandaula, and myself, created a temporary public poetry street art wall in the Valley’s Brunswick Street Mall.
I created illustrations (including a cat for Shastra’s fabulous choose-your-own-adventure poem) and spent the day drawing and writing with paint pens and street markers. With thanks to QPF Director Lucy Nelson and to all who visited throughout the day!

After
My handiwork! (Photo by Anne Sawyer)
Shastra
the cat I drew for Shastra’s choose-your-own-adventure poem
purple hand with bright red nail polish
Raelee, Shastra and Mindy (Photo by Sari Jacobson)

Semi-Finalist Gender Gaze Exhibition, Brisbane Festival 2016

I am a semi-finalist in the Gender Gaze Exhibition as part of the 2016 Brisbane Festival. The exhibition runs from 15-24 September at Metro Arts. The photograph being exhibited is ‘Tea Party: Anna’s-28th-and-a-half-year birthday pantomime’ and my artist statement reads: ‘I decided to stage a tea party with my childhood toys. While it was fun, the process also raised questions about gender roles and repeating learned behaviours.’

As part of being a semi-finalist my photograph was also shown on a Billboard!

Anna on a Billboard

Clayton Utz Launch Art Award, 2014

This is Anna’s second time as a finalist in the Clayton Utz Launch Art Award, an award for Queensland artists. Her photographic artwork ‘He Ate Up the Sky’ was selected along with forty-three other finalists.

‘He Ate Up the Sky’ plays with double exposure on medium format film mixed with a circular poem overlay. The work will hang in the Clayton Utz offices for one year and is for sale.

He Ate Up the Sky