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Author: Stephanie Young

The 2018 John Fries Award winner will be announced at UNSW Galleries on 28 September. This year's twelve finalists will present new and existing works in the award exhibition which explore themes such as the impact of social and online media, the reconciliation of political realities on identity and the place of Indigenous voices in today’s world. The winner is determined by a panel of guest judges including Consuelo Cavaniglia, curator of JFA 2017-2018; Sophia Kouyoumdjian, co-ordinator at Parramatta Artists Studios; Dr Mikala Tai, director

The Copyright Agency today announced the 12 finalists for the John Fries Award 2018 – reaching broadly across the spectrum of disciplines, engaging with sound, scent, sculpture, performance, painting and video. Curated by interdisciplinary artist, academic and curator, Consuelo Cavaniglia, the John Fries Award is a $10,000 non-acquisitive award recognising the talents of early career visual artists from Australia and New Zealand. Now in its ninth year, the annual award is a platform for some of the most engaging and experimental works from

More than 550 Australian and New Zealand artists entered this year’s John Fries Award, for which the finalists will be announced in early April. Guest Curator and Judge, Consuelo Cavaniglia, says: “This year we have an outstanding selection of applications to assess and we are dedicated to identifying a group of talented artists to encourage and develop over the next six months.” Ms Cavaniglia will work with Copyright Agency’s Visual Artist Manager, Tristan Chant, and fellow judges Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Dr Mikala Tai,