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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

Emerging visual artists across Australia and New Zealand will have the opportunity for their work to be judged by leading figures in the contemporary art world as part of this year’s John Fries Memorial Prize. Copyright Agency|Viscopy today announced the four judges of the 2013 Prize whose extensive visual arts expertise spans Artbank, the Venice Biennale and contemporary art exhibitions in Australia and internationally. Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Felicity Fenner, Dr Sanné Mestrom and Kath Fries will have the enviable job of

Sebastian Goldspink will be the guest curator for the 2013 John Fries Memorial Prize for emerging visual artists, as it enters its fourth year. A well-known professional in the Sydney arts scene, Sebastian will be bringing his diverse experience and passion for innovative ideas to this leading contemporary art prize. Sebastian has worked across some of Sydney’s most popular arts events and venues including Art Month Sydney, Alaska Projects, Vivid and The Museum of Contemporary Art developing creative and original ways for

Copyright Agency | Viscopy is pleased to announce Tasmanian artist Jacob Leary has won the John Fries Award 2012 for emerging visual artists. Jacob Leary received the $10,000 prize at the opening of the exhibition of the twenty finalists last night at Gaffa Galleries in Sydney. The prize was awarded by benefactor Vivienne Fries. The judges also highly commended Cigdem Aydemir’s video installation, Extremist Activity (swing) and commended Kate Shaw’s painting, Milkwater. The finalists and Leary’s winning entry was selected by a panel of

Viscopy is pleased to announce Sanné Mestrom the winner of the John Fries Memorial Prize 2011 for emerging visual artists. Mestrom received the $10,000 prize at the opening of the exhibition of the fifteen finalists last night at Blackfriars off Broadway, Viscopy’s contemporary art space in Chippendale. The prize was awarded by acclaimed Sydney artist, Lindy Lee. Mestrom's winning artwork, Thinking Props features in the exhibition with the other fourteen finalists: Cyrus Tang, Erica Molesworth, Eva Hampel, Heath Franco, Jennifer O'Brien,

Viscopy is pleased to announce fifteen finalists in the John Fries Memorial Prize for emerging visual artists 2011. The artists are: Cyrus Tang, Erica Molesworth, Eva Hampel, Heath Franco, Jennifer O'Brien, Karl Khoe & Tessa Zettel, Keiko Matsui, Kristel Britcher, Kurt Sorensen, Nathan Taylor, Pauletta Kerinauia, Sanne Mestrom, Susie Nelson, Wade Marynowsky and Walter Brecely. The fifteen finalists were selected to exhibit their works in a finalists exhibition by a judging panel including media artist and Museum Of Contemporary Art Curator,

Viscopy has appointed Venita Poblocki as the guest curator for the John Fries Memorial Prize 2011 for emerging visual artists. This is the first time that Viscopy has engaged a guest curator to oversee the prize which was established in 2010 and features an exhibition of fifteen finalists at Viscopy’s contemporary art space, Blackfriars off Broadway in Chippendale. Ms Poblocki is an Aboriginal art specialist, gallery manager and independent curator. She has worked with local Australian artists, including Aboriginal artists as

The winners of the inaugural John Fries Memorial Prize 2010 were announced last night at the opening of the finalists’ exhibition, at Viscopy’s new contemporary art space, Blackfriars off Broadway. The competition was open to emerging Australian artists of all ages and disciplines who are not represented in a regional, state, territory or national public art collection. At its inception, the John Fries Memorial Prize 2010 offered a first prize of $10,000 to the winning artist and a solo exhibition at