John Fries Award 2017 - Art Collector

Tina Havelock Stevens, Thunderhead, 2016. (HD Video Still) Single channel HD Video, Colour, Stereo SoundEdition of 5 + 2AP. Duration: 17 minutes and 7 seconds (continuous loop). Courtesy of the artist.

In early April, the 12 finalists of the John Fries Award 2017 were announced. The exhibition is slated to exhibit at Sydney’s University of New South Wales Galleries from 11 August until 2 September.

The annual non-acquisitive prize will award $10,000 to one of the 12 shortlisted early career Australian and New Zealand artists, as judged by Kath Fries, Fiona Lowry, Clothilde Bullen, Melanie Oliver and Consuelo Cavaniglia.

According to the guest curator, Consuelo Cavaniglia, “Although there is no single curatorial theme, many of the finalists’ work engages with questions of cultural identity and consideration of landscape.”

Among the 12 finalists are Barayuwa Mununggurr, whose paintings are currently exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and interdisciplinary artists Claudia Nicholson, exhibited in
The National 2017: New Australian Art, as well as Tina Havelock Stevens, who featured in Art Collector’s most recent 50 Things Collectors Need to Know issue as an artist on curators’ radars domestically and abroad.

The winner of the John Fries Award 2017 will be announced on 10 August.
The 12 finalists include Amanda Williams, Angela Tiatia, Anwar Young
Barayuwa Mununggurr, Ben Leslie, Bridget Reweti, Claudia Nicholson, Fayen d'Evie, Ella Sutherland, Kuba Dorabialski, Tina Havelock Stevens and Kathy Ramsey.

Marcus James



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