Heath Franco awarded 2015 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship - Art Collector

Heath Franco, THE RAINBOW LANDS, 2015. Multi-channel video installation. Courtesy: the artist and Artspace

Sydney-based artist Heath Franco is announced as the 2015 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship recipient at Artspace. Franco was awarded the prestigious $30,000 fellowship for his multi-channel video installation THE RAINBOW LANDS, 2015.

The selection committee for the Fellowship consisted of Kent Buchanan (Curator, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo); Jamie North (Artist, 2013 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship [Emerging] Recipient); Shoufay Derz (Artist); and Michael Fitzgerald (Editor, Art Monthly Australia and Photofile).

The fellowship’s selection panel noted that, “Heath Franco is an exciting new voice in Australian art. This latest project consolidates and develops his previous work, pointing to a stimulating new phase of his practice. He has an unconventional voice. He creates characters that are unsettling yet familiar and who subvert cultural stereotypes. His playful and fearless exploration of the materiality of the video medium is impressive. This is due to a keen sense of pace, use of restraint and idiosyncratic, sensory visual language.
THE RAINBOW LANDS indicates an exciting new phase of his practice.”

The exhibition of works by the 12 shortlisted fellowship candidates has been co-curated by Artspace Executive Director Alexie Glass-Kantor and Artspace Curator Talia Linz, who have developed the exhibition over a period of three months in close consultation with the artists.

Heath Franco's multi-channel video installation
THE RAINBOW LANDS, 2015 is currently on display at Artspace until 12 December, alongside works by finalists Lucas Davidson, Stevie Fieldsend, Emily Hunt, Mason Kimber, Biljana Jancic, Leahlani Johnson, Sarah Mosca, Tom Polo, Nicola Smith, Angela Tiatia and Justine Varga.

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