SCAP 3D exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery

Website screenshot. You can vote for my work in the online people's choice award:
I'm delighted to be a SCAP 3D Finalist
"… one of the richest regional art awards in Australia - consistently attracting great interest and the highest of standards amongst the entries received from all over the nation…"

Noosa Regional Gallery will exhibit the SCAP 3D Finalists work from August 16 to October 7 2012. SCAP 3D invited entries from all Australian artists working in 3D mediums. This year's SCAP 3D winner will receive $15,000 cash and a four-week arts residency.

SCAP 3D Gallery view, Strand has been installed at floor level.
Photograph courtesy 
Nicole Maggs, Assistant Gallery Curator, Noosa Regional Gallery

SCAP 3D Finalists: Johanna DeMaine, Rowley Drysdale, Leisa Gunton, Michael Hunt, Gerry Luhman, Wayne Markwort, Brandt Matsen, Ken Munsie and Cezary Stuglis, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Suzanne Archer, Terry Bouton, Emily Valentine Bullock, Rod Butler, Gary Christian, Cathyann Coady, John Cox, Jane Creenaune, Mimi Dennett, Kris-Ann Ehrich, The Winged Collective - Falcini and Gottgens, Sarah Field, Jason Fitzgerald, Melanie Fitzmaurice, Andrew D K Forsyth, Kath Fries, Ros Harris, Cheryl Harrison, Carly Kotynski, Marian Macken, Joe Ottaway, Cath Robinson, Elizabeth Shaw, Terry Summers, Dominique Sutton-Miles, Petra Svoboda, Natalie Van Renen, Vince Vozzo, Jacek Wankowski and Margaret Worth.

You can vote for my work in the online people's choice award
Find out more about the exhibition 

SCAP - Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2012, events invitation

Current work in progress - Hidden Sculpture Walk

Kath Fries, Tether, 2012, concept proposal for a site-sensitive installation
in Rookwood Cemetery as part of Hidden 2012 Sculpture Walk
Tether is my current work in progress. It's a site sensitive installation featuring olive trees, nylon fabric, threads, soil and a disused headstone; in Rookwood Cemetery.

Tether reflects on the cycle of life and human interconnections. Standing amongst gravestones, three olive tree saplings are interlinked by a web of vascular red threads. Olive trees are traditionally symbols of memory, love, peace and patience. Here, these olive trees also signify the “Three Fates” of Greco-Roman mythology (the Spinner, Measurer and Cutter), goddesses who controlled the metaphorical thread of life for every human from birth to death. Similarly an ancient Japanese story tells of invisible red threads of fate tied around the little fingers of people destined to meet or assist each other, forming an inseverable connection - the threads can stretch and tangle but never break. 

Proposed disused headstone to feature in my Tether installation


Hidden 2012: A Rookwood Sculpture Walk is an on-site sculpture exhibition revealing artists’ responses to Rookwood, the largest cemetery in the Southern Hemisphere. Rookwood is a place rich in heritage, history and culture, its beauty and splendour distinctive. With a thought provoking subject, Hidden 2012 invites audiences to explore the iconic site whilst admiring the evocative works that feature amongst the graves. The 37 works are inspired by loss, memory, grief, death, mourning, spirituality, memorial and ceremony. This year’s exhibition will also be complemented by an extensive public program including an artist workshop, cemetery tours, curatorial tours and a short film screening targeted at young people and inspired by stories about Rookwood.

ARTISTS:  Lee Bethel, Kylie Black, Senden Blackwood, Francois Breuillaud-Limondin & Nathalie Hartog-Gautier, Jeramie Carter, Thomas C. Chung, Will Coles, Irena Conomos, Emily Daughton, Suzanne Davey, Alethea Deane, Julie Donnelly, Michael Donohue, Jacquelene Drinkall, Chloe Elizabeth, Kath Fries, Adam Galea, Stephen Hall, Lyndal Hargrave & Sue Henderson, Aedan Harris, Madeleine Hayes, Serena Horton, Jacqueline King, Kimie Kitamura, Melissa Laird, Jane Lennon, Nerine Martini, David McGuinness, Sarah Nolan, Penny Philpott, Stephen Ralph, Brian Sanstrom, Sally Simpson, Susanna Strati, Jane Theau, Jacek Wankowski.
CURATOR: Cassandra Hard Lawrie
For more information on Hidden 2012 go to

Hidden 2012 - A Rookwood Sculpture Walk - event invitation

Jacob Leary wins the 2012 John Fries Memorial Prize for Emerging Visual Artists

Tasmanian artist, Jacob Leary, was awarded the JFMP non-aquisitive $10,000 prize for his installation, Technological Causality, at the opening of the 2012 John Fries Memorial Prize for Emerging Visual Artists Finalists Exhibition, last night at Gaffa Galleries Sydney. The judges (Bronwyn Bancroft, Kath Fries and Wayne Tunnicliffe) also highly commended Cigdem Aydemir’s video work, Extremist Activity (swing) and commended Kate Shaw’s painting, Milkwater.
In what first looks like an explosion of random objects filling a space, Jacob Leary’s installation is a careful meditation upon technological processes and how these technical developments create new realities in which we are immersed. Leary demonstrates the fine line between catastrophe and progress by showing us how fragmented parts come together to create a guiding whole.
(Venita Poblocki, Curator, 2012 John Fries Memorial Prize)

Jacob Leary, Technological Causality, installation
2012 John Fries Memorial Prize Winner, photograph by Gareth Lyons

This year the judges were unanimous in their decision, however I think it important to mention the highly commendable work of all of this year's participants. I find it so exciting to see such a high calibre of talent amongst Australia's emerging artists and think that prizes like this are crucial in supporting them. Jacob Leary has a forensic and fresh perception of the world he lives in. The winning piece is an extraordinary work with a strong sense of playfulness.
(Bronwyn Bancroft, Judge, 2012 John Fries Memorial Prize)

Jacob Leary’s winning artwork, Technological Causality, features in the exhibition with the other finalists: Cyrus Tang, Owen Leong, Nathan Taylor, Georgina Cue, Marc Standing, Fiona Jack, Carolyn V Watson, Paul Yore, Kittey Malarvie, Jacqueline Bradley, Philjames, Catherine Hockey, Adrian Spurr, Adam Laerkesen, George Shaw, Wanda Gillespie, Cath Robinson, Kate Shaw and Cigdem Aydemir.

The exhibition, curated by Venita Poblocki and assisted by Brit Katke, runs until 1 September and is open between Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm and Saturday 11am-5pm. Gaffa Galleries: 281 Clarence Street, Sydney.

The John Fries Memorial Prize for Emerging Visual Artists is an annual non-aquisative prize donated by the Fries family in memory of former Viscopy director and honorary treasurer, John Fries, who made a remarkable contribution to the life and success of Viscopy.  The competition is open to emerging Australian and New Zealand artists of all ages and disciplines who are not currently enrolled in tertiary studies and are not represented in a state or national public art collection.

The 2012 John Fries Memorial Prize for Emerging Visual Artists is administered by Viscopy, more information and images:

2012 John Fries Memorial Prize for emerging visual artists: Finalists Exhibition

2012 John Fries Memorial Prize
for emerging visual artists

Opening: Tuesday 14 August 6 - 8pm
The winner of this $10,000 award will be announced at 7pm

Exhibition: 11 August to 1 September 2012

Gaffa Galleries, 281 Clarence Street, Sydney CBD
Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm, Saturday: 11am-5pm

Curator talk: Saturday 1 September, 2pm

Curated by Venita Poblocki
Judges: Bronwyn Bancroft, Kath Fries and Wayne Tunnicliffe
Administered by Viscopy
Artists: Adam Laerkesen, Adrian Spurr, Carolyn V Watson, Cath Robinson, Catherine Hockey, Cigdem Aydemir, Cyrus Tang, Fiona Jack, George Shaw,  Georgina Cue, Jacob Leary, Jacqueline Bradley, Kate Shaw, Kittey Malarvie, Marc Standing, Nathan Taylor, Owen Leong, Paul Yore, Philjames and Wanda Gillespie