Multidisciplinary duo win John Fries Memorial Prize 2013 - Art Collector

Jess Olivieri and Hayley Forward, Harlequins V’s Visitors, 2012, video still. Courtesy: the artists and Viscopy, Sydney

28 August 2013 | Sydney-based multidisciplinary artists Jess Olivieri and Hayley Forward have won the John Fries Memorial Prize 2013 for their video work Harlequins Vs Visitors, which commentates an imaginary game between art and sport through vocal warm ups sung by the Sydney Chamber Choir.

Olivieri and Forward will receive the main $10,000 non acquisitive award. The judges also named two highly commended works, both video pieces - Chris Bennie's
The Western Fields and George Egerton-Warburton's Boredom is a desk with human legs in a fish spa.

This year's judging panel comprised Daniel Mudie Cunningham, senior curator at Artbank; Felicity Fenner, chief curator at the National Institute of Experimental Arts; Sanné Mestrom, artist and lecturer at Monash University in Melbourne and Sebastian Goldpink, director of Alaska Projects in Sydney.

The John Fries Memorial Prize is an annual non acquisitive award worth $10,000. It is open to all Australian and New Zealand artists whose work is not represented in the collection of any state, territory or national gallery. The exhibition of this year's shortlisted entries is on display at Gaffa Galleries, Sydney until 14 September 2013.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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