A new partnership for competitive artists’ commission worth $80K

April 21, 2021

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund today announced Copyright Agency Partnerships (CAP) – a new partnership with Australian art institutions to support commissions worth $80,000 for mid-career and established visual artists.

For the first time, Copyright Agency has entered into a three-year partnership with key art institutions: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Sydney), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Melbourne), and the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane). 

The partnership will support a visual artist, or collective, via a competitive application process, to develop and present a major new artistic commission.

In the first year of the partnership, Copyright Agency and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art will support the development and exhibition of a work by an Australian artist of Asian heritage.

Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling says, “We are incredibly excited about the CAP commission because it creates new opportunities for artists to develop work and provides a guarantee that the work will be exhibited with curatorial and institutional support. 

“The selected artist/s will collaborate with our partners in the development, curation and execution of major works, resulting in significant exhibitions that will celebrate artistic vision and invest in Australian creativity. We are delighted that 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is our opening partner as it will focus on the participation and recognition of Asian artists or those that identify with Asian heritage.”

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s Artistic Director/CEO Amrit Gill is elated to be teaming up with Copyright Agency Partnerships to launch the inaugural CAP Commission at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. 

“This notable commission enables Australian artists of Asian heritage to build on their portfolios with a solo exhibition at 4A in 2022. Our organisation has been a leader in Asian contemporary art in Australia since 1996, and this opportunity affirms our commitment to support the creation of visionary work and to champion the invaluable artistic and cultural contributions made by Asian artists in Australia,” says Ms Gill.

“COVID-19 is the single biggest disruption to Australia’s cultural life; many artists have been unable to exhibit. This annual competitive commission is about providing mentoring and financial support to artists, affording them the time and space to create, along with appropriate resources to ensure their work is exhibited,” adds Mr Suckling.

While artists will apply through the Copyright Agency they are encouraged to discuss their application with the partner organisation before applying.

Apply Now: Support for artists’ commission worth $80,000 through Copyright Agency Partnerships. Applications close 25 June.

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