John Fries Award Open for Entries

January 11, 2016

Emerging and early-career artists from around Australia and New Zealand are encouraged to submit five images of recent work to be consider for the $10,000 John Fries Award.


The Call for Entries for the John Fries Award 2016 opened at 8am AEDT on 11 January and will close at 12 noon AEDT on 22 February 2016.

Entry Requirements

Artists are required to submit a portfolio of five works created over the past three years which demonstrate a current commitment to developing a professional artistic practice.

Artworks may be created in any medium, including but not limited to: sculpture, performance, new media, photography, painting, drawing, installation, ceramic, object based, hybrid practices, sound based and conceptual works.

There is no entry fee for Copyright Agency | Viscopy members. Membership of Copyright Agency | Viscopy is free.

Entrants who are not members of Copyright Agency | Viscopy must pay a GST inclusive and non-refundable entry fee of $35 AUD. This fee is payable by electronic funds transfer or credit card. The details of payment is in the online application form.

For terms and conditions and to enter online, go to

Curator and Exhibition Partner

Sydney curator, artist, writer and lecturer Oliver Watts will continue as the John Fries Award’s Guest Curator for 2016. He will work together with the judges to select the finalists, whose work will come together in an exhibition at UNSW Gallery at UNSW Art & Design, the Award’s presenting partners for the third year running.

The John Fries Award continues to grow year-on-year, with 2015 attracting a record number of entries.

About the Award

The John Fries Award is an annual non-acquisitive award of $10,000 recognising emerging and early career visual artists. Since its start in 2010, it has become an established platform for some of the most engaging and experimental works from emerging artists across Australia and New Zealand.

The prize was established by the Fries family in memory of former Viscopy director and honorary treasurer, John Fries, who made a remarkable contribution to the life and success of the organisation.

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