John Fries Award 2017
- When 11 Aug - 2 Sep 2017
CNR OXFORD ST & GREENS RD PADDINGTON NSW 2021
TUES TO SAT, 10AM-5PM
+61 2 8936 0888
Now in its 8th year, John Fries Award presents new and experimental works by emerging artists from across Australia and New Zealand. Since the award and associated exhibition were established in 2010, it has become a platform and launching pad for early career visual artists.
The Prize was established by the Fries family in memory of former Viscopy director and honorary treasurer, John Fries, who made a remarkable contribution to the life and success of the organisation.
Guest curator for 2017-2018, Consuelo Cavaniglia says: "This year’s finalists are drawn from a broad cross-section of early career artists with diverse and engaging practices; the interdisciplinary nature of these is very exciting. Although there is no single curatorial theme, many of the finalists’ work engages with questions of cultural identity and consideration on landscape. Conversations with artists about new commissions for the award are currently underway, with many artists electing to expand their modes of practice in experimental ways.”
Finalists for the 2017 John Fries Award include; Amanda Williams (UNSW Art & Design), Angela Tiatia (UNSW Art & Design), Anwar Young, Barayuwa Munungurr, Ben Leslie, Bridget Reweti, Claudia Nicholson (UNSW Art & Design), Fayen d'Evie. Ella Sutherland, Kuba Dorabialski (UNSW Art & Design), Tina Havelock Stevens, and Kathy Ramsey.
Previous finalists have included; Tully Arnot, Biljana Jancic, Anna Kristensen, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, James Nguyen, Giselle Stanborough, Angela Tiatia, and Ben Ward.
Saturday 12 August, 11am UNSW Galleries
Recalling artworks: Handling images as hallucinations
Increasingly focussed on blindness as a radical critical position and as a generative principle, Fayen d’Evie’s work takes a unique approach to the experience of artworks. Her performative and participatory lecture will engage audiences in embodied readings of artworks, tactile mnemonics, and sensory recall.
Kathy Ramsey and guest speaker Marika Riley
As part of a young generation of artists and curators, Kathy and Marika speak of their practices, and tradition and innovation in the work from Warmun Arts Centre, WA.
Prizes and Awards. What comes next? Panel Discussion
Thursday 24 August, 6pm UNSW Galleries
A panel of practitioners will discuss opportunities for early career artists: Monika Behrens, artist and A&D PhD candidate; Consuelo Cavaniglia, artist and curator of John Fries Award 2017; Claudia Nicholson, artist represented in John Fries Award 2017 and Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists. Chaired by Penelope Benton, Acting Co-Executive Director, National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).
John Fries Award 2017 curator and artist talk
Thursday 31 August, 6pm UNSW Galleries
Exhibiting artists and the Award curator Consuelo Cavaniglia take audiences through the exhibition in a discussion about the artworks and the Award.
Download August Public Programs at UNSW Galleries here.