Two emerging Australian artists win trip to Venice Biennale - Art Collector

Will French, Paper Money Plane, 2012, 16 x 8cm. Courtesy: the artist

17 July 2013 | The Maddocks Art Prizes for 2013 have been awarded to Ash Kilmartin and Will French. The prize is awarded every two years to an artist in residence at Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne and to an artist in residence in Artspace in Sydney, and gives the recipients a trip to the Venice Biennale.

Will French was awarded the Artspace, Sydney prize. His varied art practice carries a common theme of wry humour that addresses the personal, popular and political - an example is shown above.

Ash Kilmartin, We searched for a suitable form for all this, we tried to be disciplined and stern, we looked for the courage to eventually be even tedious, 2011
. Spotted Gum timber, leather, dimensions variable
. Courtesy: the artist and Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne

Ash Kilmartin, work shown above, was awarded the Gertrude Contemporary prize. Kilmartin's sculptural works considers the nature of labour and time and reference the histories of design, architecture and theatre.

The Maddocks Art Prize is presented every two years at a reception in Melbourne and in Sydney. The prize consists of a return airfare to Venice, accommodation for a week during the biennale, and some cash - the total value of each prize is around $15,000. The winners were selected by Doug Hall, former director of Queensland Art Gallery and former commissioner for Australia at the Venice Biennale; Jeff Khan, director at Performance Space in Sydney; and Mira Gojak, former Maddocks Art Prize winner.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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