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February 2016

Nearly a thousand entries have flooded into this year’s 7th annual John Fries Award from artists all over Australia and New Zealand, a 25% increase on last year. The Award attracted 985 entries from emerging and early career artists across multiple disciplines and locations, from a mixed-media Maori artist from Mangakakai, New Zealand to a painter from the Fitzroy Crossing in the top end of Western Australia. The strongest growth by state was from the ACT, increasing by 37.5% on last

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 Projects at the Australian Centre for Photography, Mark Feary, contemporary Aboriginal artist Tony Albert, and multi-disciplinary artist Bianca Hester. Long-term judge and daughter of the late John