Fayen d’Evie, Myopic reading, Janaleen sings, and hides, Re-calling From One Body to Another, 2017

January 29, 2018

Judges announced for the John Fries Award 2018

The judges have been announced for the ninth Annual John Fries Award, for which the call for entries is now open. Consuelo Cavaniglia, interdisciplinary artist, academic and independent curator, continues in her role as Guest Curator and Judge for a second year. She is joined by Sophia Kouyoumdjian, coordinator at Parramatta Artists Studios; Dr Mikala Tai, […]

December 12, 2016

Consuelo Cavaniglia named Curator for John Fries Award 2017

Interdisciplinary artist Consuelo Cavaniglia has been announced as the Guest Curator of the John Fries Award 2017. With a varied background, over the past 12 years Consuelo has worked in a range of contemporary art spaces, universities, regional art centres and artist-led initiatives. Originally from Perth, she has been Coordinator of significant national art prizes, […]

February 1, 2016

Judges announced for the John Fries Award 2016

Some of the most highly-regarded professionals in the contemporary arts industry have today been announced as judges for the 7th annual John Fries Award. For the second consecutive year, Sydney-based artist, academic Oliver Watts will curate the 2016 John Fries Award Finalist Exhibition. He will be joined on the judging panel by Curator of Exhibitions and Australian […]

January 21, 2016

Indigenous artists encouraged to enter emerging art award

With the first-ever win by an Aboriginal artist – 65-year-old Ben Ward from WA – of the $10,000 John Fries Award last year, the organisers are keen to receive even more entries from Indigenous Australian and New Zealand artists for the 2016 award, which has just opened for entries. Artists need to submit five images of […]

May 5, 2015

Kiwi Entries Flavour 6th Annual John Fries Award

More emerging artists from New Zealand entered the sixth annual John Fries Award than ever before, showing signs that the country’s burgeoning talent is engaging more strongly with the Award. The number of entries from New Zealand rose 166% from the previous year, and represented almost 10% of the total number of entries, which at […]

Tully Arnot, Lonely Sculpture

April 15, 2015

Finalists Announced for John Fries Award 2015

Fifteen emerging artists have today been announced as finalists to the John Fries Award 2015, one of Australia and New Zealand’s most coveted awards for emerging contemporary artists. The finalists are from all over Australia, with two New Zealand and three Indigenous artists represented. Works include painting, sculpture, installation, video and live performance. The finalists […]

March 11, 2015

Serena Sells Sculptures from First Solo Show

Emerging Aboriginal artist and past John Fries Award finalist, Serena Bonson, successfully opened her first solo show at ALASKA Projects last month, selling two pieces to the Australian Government’s Artbank collection. Wangarra is a collection of hand-carved figures that capture the story of the Wangarra spirit as told by her uncle Jimmy Angunguna, who also taught her […]

February 3, 2015

Award offers breakthrough chance for Indigenous artists

Organisers of the 6th annual John Fries Award are reaching out to emerging Indigenous artists across Australia and New Zealand to enter a portfolio of their contemporary work for an opportunity to build their experience as an early-career artist. This year, the entry calls for 5-10 images that demonstrate the artist’s developing practice in their […]

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