John Fries Award


The Call for Entries has now closed. The finalists will be notified on 7 April.

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

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.

Key Dates for 2017 John Fries Award

Call for Entries Open 16 January 2017
Call for Entries Closes 27 February 2017
Finalists Notified 7 April 2017
Winner Announcement 10 August 2017
Exhibition Opens 11 August 2017
Exhibition Closes 2 September 2017

“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


In 2016, Eric Demetriou was selected by the judges from fourteen finalists to be named from nearly one thousand entries as the winner for the John Fries (pronounced “Frees”) Award.

Read Announcement here.

Follow us on Twitter or Instagram to find out the latest updates. See more information about the important dates.

The 2016 Catalogue