John Fries Award

The John Fries Award  is an annual $10,000 art prize recognising the talents of early career visual artists.

Winner of the John Fries Award 2017 Announced

The John Fries Award 2017 has been awarded to Kuba Dorabialski a Sydney artist originally from Wrocław, Poland. The winning single channel video work was created as a new work for the award. Invocation Trilogy #1: Floor Dance of Lenin’s Resurrection 2017 was selected by the judges who acknowledged the ambitious and complex work for its exploration of a broad range of topics from architecture to literature, as well as its high production values and finely tuned humour.

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Since its humble beginnings in 2010, the Award has established itself as a platform for some of the most engaging and experimental works from the next wave of contemporary artists from across Australia and New Zealand.

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.

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“The prize has gone from strength to strength each year with many previous winners and finalists continuing to achieve other significant milestones in their careers. The Exhibition offers a glimpse of what’s occurring at the dynamic ‘emerging’ edge of the contemporary art scene, and heightens our expectations of the future.”
Kath Fries, Viscopy director, John Fries Award judge and daughter of the late John Fries

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