Sydney video artist wins emerging art prize - Art Collector

Chloe Hughes, Structures to move to (conversations on work), 2010. High definition video, 17 min.

27 April 2011 | Chloe Hughes is the winner of the the Doctor Harold Schenberg Art Prize, which is awarded to an artist in the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts’ annual graduate exhibition Hatched.

With a purse of $35,000 it’s a significant prize for a young artist, and is intended to help them launch their career without the financial pressures usually experienced by emerging artists.

Hughes is a Sydney-based photographer and video artist who graduated from the University of New South Wales with honours in 2010.

Her work in Hatched was a 17-minute video called
Structures to move to (conversations on work). It is an introspective piece, exploring the way three different people interpret the work they do and what it means to their lives.

The judging panel for the prize included German artist and academic Thomas Rentmeister, curator Felicity Johnston and PICA director Amy Barrett-Lennard. The panel said the work compelled them to spend time with it and prompted each of them to respond to it in different ways. “It was an extremely professionally produced work with a refined visual language and a distinctive and individual approach. It had both conceptual rigour and clarity of communication and lead them to believe that this artist would most certainly have the potential to significantly further their artistic career,” they said.

Jane O'Sullivan

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