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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

High Calibre Judges Partner with Emerging Art Award

Some of the most highly-regarded professionals in the contemporary arts scene have been confirmed as judges for the 6th annual John Fries Award. This year’s new curator, Oliver Watts is joined by New Zealand-born curator and acclaimed arts writer, Justin Paton  and exciting cross-disciplinary artist, Nell. Long-term judge, accomplished installation artist and daughter of the late […]

Oliver Watts named John Fries Award curator for 2015

Sydney curator, artist, writer and lecturer Oliver Watts has been named the John Fries Award’s Guest Curator for 2015. Oliver Watts currently lectures at the Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney where he graduated with PHD in Art History and Theory.  He is the co-director at the Chalk Horse Gallery in […]

Early Call for Entries for John Fries Award

Applications for the John Fries Award 2015 will open 12 January and close 19 February. In previous years, the John Fries Award Call for Entries has closed in early May. This year, we’re running the entry process earlier to allow additional time for the selected finalists to work with the guest curator to identify and/or […]

Hamishi Farah Apologies

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

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 […]

Image Credit: Author Fellow, Rodney Hall. Photo by Ross Bird. Non-Fiction Fellow, Krissy Kneen. Photo by Anthony Mullins. Visual Artist Fellow, Khaled Sabsabi. Photo by Khaled Sabsabi.

Image Credit: 2020 Reading Australia Fellow, Karen Yager. Photo by Paul Wright.

Image Credit: Created using Shutterstock and Unsplash.

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