John Fries Award
The fourteen finalists have been announced.
Fourteen finalists have been named from nearly one thousand entries for this year’s leading art award for emerging contemporary artists, the John Fries (pronounced “Frees”) Award 2016.
The finalists are dominated by five Victorian artists with a spread from New South Wales, Queensland, the Northern Territory, as well as a New Zealander and a Sydneysider on a fellowship in New York. Read announcement here.
|22 February||Entries must reach Copyright Agency | Viscopy by 5pm AEST|
|26 March||Finalists notified by email|
|15 August||Finalists work for exhibition to be completed delivered to UNSW Galleries|
|18 August||Opening night and winner announcement, UNSW Galleries|
|19 August – 1 October||John Fries Award 2016 Finalists’ Exhibition, UNSW Galleries|
Sydney curator, artist, writer and lecturer Oliver Watts will continue as the John Fries Award’s Guest Curator for 2016.
The Presenting Partner
All finalists works will feature in an exhibition from 19 August – 1 October at UNSW Galleries – the award’s presenting partner for the third year running.
About the Award
The John Fries Award is an annual non-acquisitive award of $10,000 recognising emerging and early career visual artists. Since its start in 2010, it has become a platform for some of the most engaging and experimental works from emerging artists 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.
“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