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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 John Fries, Kath Fries will continue on the panel in 2015. Entries into the John Fries Award opened last week and will close at 12 noon on Thursday,

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 Darlinghurst, has curated numerous exhibitions and is an accomplished mixed-media artist in his own right. As a critic, his writing has been published in various art

Image: Juz Kitson, Changing Skin, 2013 © Juz Kitson/Licensed by Viscopy. Juz Kitson is represented by GAG projects and Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide. 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 develop suitable work for the

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 Kate Scardifield for Garland (objects and new artifacts). Goldspink said, “The prize this year attracted an incredible diversity of entries and artists. Bridie’s work is immediately

One artist is just three weeks away from winning the prestigious $10,000 John Fries Award for emerging and early career artists, with the announcement to be made at the award’s venue partner UNSW Galleries in Paddington, Sydney on Tuesday 12 August. Copyright Agency | Viscopy has named 23 finalists from all over Australia for this year’s award, established in memory of Viscopy Board Director John Fries, who made a remarkable contribution to the life and success of the organisation. The 5th John

Winning the $10,000 John Fries Award in 2012 allowed Tasmanian-artist Jacob Leary to live for “quite a few months”, which freed him from financial concerns and meant he could spend time producing new artworks. Jacob says: “I lived off it for a fair while. 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 a month in Nepal. I’m pretty open, I could

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 awards set a new standard. I was surprised, delighted and slightly overwhelmed by the prospect of whittling down the record 546 entries to a shortlist

The judging panel for this year’s Copyright Agency | Viscopy John Fries Award draws together a respected group of award-winning artists and arts professionals, lending significant gravitas to the $10,000 award for emerging and early-career artists. The award is now open for entries until 5 May and will be announced on 12 August at the award’s new venue partner, Galleries UNSW, COFA. The judging panel is: Alexie Glass-Kantor – Executive Director of Artspace in Sydney and Board member of the National Association for

This year’s Copyright Agency | Viscopy John Fries Award, which is a platform for some of the most engaging and experimental works from emerging Australian and New Zealand artists, opened for entries on Monday 3 March. The annual non-acquisitive award of $10,000 is open to emerging artists of all ages and disciplines, who are Australian or New Zealand citizens or who have been resident in Australia or New Zealand for the 12 months prior to 6 May 2014. In 2014 the

Copyright Agency | Viscopy has announced the 22 finalists for this year’s John Fries Memorial Prize for emerging artists, worth $10,000. The works will comprise the John Fries Memorial Prize Finalists Exhibition to be held at Sydney’s Gaffa Galleries from 24 August to 14 September. A record number of entries were received this year from Australia and New Zealand with a strong representation of Indigenous artists – three of whom are among the finalists. Curator Sebastian Goldspink described the entries as “impressive in