July 29, 2015

New Curated Exhibition to give “Nod to Absurd”

Finalists are now busy creating new works for the 6th annual John Fries Award exhibition, A Jester’s Whisper, which will open in early September. This year the awards were structured to give more time for artists to develop their artworks specifically for the John Fries Award and Exhibition, which carries a $10,000 prize for the […]

May 24, 2015

Westpac Partnership to help Indigenous Artists Break Welfare Cycle

The Copyright Agency and Westpac recently joined forces to build financial literacy within Aboriginal communities in Queensland. Copyright Agency’s Indigenous Engagement Manager, Trish Adjei together with Bruce McQualter and Michelle Bentley from Westpac held a workshop with around 15 Aboriginal artists on Mornington Island, a small community with a population of around 1000, most of whom […]

March 6, 2015

John Fries Award Draws Record Entries

More than 700 emerging artists entered the John Fries Award this year, the highest number ever received in its six year history. The award attracted entries from early career artists across diverse disciplines and locations – from Aboriginal artists in remote and regional art centres in the Northern Territory – to experimental artists in cities and […]

Hamishi Farah Apologies

August 28, 2014

Corporate Twitter Apologies Feature at John Fries Award Exhibition

A list of apologetic tweets from multinational and Australian companies screen-printed on a four-metre long strip of t-shirt fabric is one of the featured exhibits at the 5th John Fries Award Finalists Exhibition, run by Copyright Agency | Viscopy. The piece, Apologies, challenges the authenticity of corporations on social media, calling into question how sincere […]

Bridie Lunney, This Endless Becoming

August 13, 2014

Lunney Named Winner of 2014 John Fries Award

Melbourne artist Bridie Lunney has won the 5th 2014 John Fries Award for her sculptural-performance work, This Endless Becoming. The artist wins $10,000. John Fries Award curator and judge, Sebastian Goldspink, said the judges were unanimous in their decision, which also saw two artists highly commended: Tim Bruniges for his installation and sound work, Mirrors, and […]

CAL 40th Anniversary

July 11, 2014

Standing Up For Creators Since 1974

The Australian creative arts industry was blossoming in 1974, yet authors’ and artists’ rights weren’t being protected and their work was being copied frequently without their permission. The Copyright Agency was formed to stand up for creators and ensure respect for their work. It was the year that Graham Bond said Farewell Aunty Jack and Olivia Newton […]

Dreams of day, Jacob Leary, 2013

June 5, 2014

Win provides scope for art, travel and realising goals

Winning the $10,000 John Fries Award in 2012 freed Tasmanian-artist Jacob Leary from financial concerns so he could spend time producing new artworks. Jacob says: “ It freed me up to work on my art and I was able to go travelling. “Early in 2013, I went to Singapore and Thailand. Then later I spent […]

Juz Kitson, Changing Skin, 2013

May 27, 2014

John Fries Award Finalists Announced

Copyright Agency | Viscopy has named 24 finalists for this year’s $10,000 John Fries Award for emerging artists. The 5th John Fries Award will be announced on Tuesday 12 August at the award’s venue partner Galleries UNSW, COFA in Paddington, Sydney. The award’s guest curator and judge, Sebastian Goldspink, said “The calibre of entries for this year’s […]

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