Justine Varga wins MCA Primavera Veolia Acquisitive Prize 2014 - Art Collector

© Justine Varga, Toothpaste, 2011. Type-c print, 104.8 x 83.6cm. Courtesy: the artist and STILLS Gallery, Sydney

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) has announced this years recipient of the Primavera Veolia Acquisitive Prize, Justine Varga.

Varga, who participated in the MCA’s Primavera 2012 exhibition, said that “it was wonderfully affirming as a young artist to be selected for Primavera and a privilege to work with curator Anna Davies and the MCA team to realise my work in that way”.

The Veolia Art Prize was established in 2002 as an acquisitive prize for artists who have exhibited in the annual Primavera exhibition, with the value of $20,000.

The initial shortlist is compiled by the MCA curatorial team, with Veolia choosing the winner with an independent advisor. The work is then acquired into the Veolia collection, which houses previous winners such as Nick Savvas, Fiona Lowry and Rebecca Baumann.

Varga is the recipient of the 2014 Australia Council for the Arts London Studio Residency, and in 2013 she was joint winner of the Josephine Ulrick & Win Shubert Photography Award, a finalist in the Bowness Photography Prize, and was a finalist in the 2013 and 2011 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship for Emerging Artists. Varga’s work is represented in the Art Gallery of NSW and numerous private collections.

Emily Cones-Browne

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