The John Fries Memorial Prize celebrates emerging art through a $10,000 non-acquisitive award donated by the Fries family in memory of former Viscopy director and honorary treasurer, John Fries.
Enter online by 6 May www.viscopy.org.au/art_prize_submissions/new
This year's guest curator Sebastian Goldspink said that the prize has grown to become a significant event in Sydney’s cultural and contemporary art calendar. “The John Fries Memorial Prize showcases some of the most engaging and experimental artwork from the emerging end of the contemporary art scene,” Goldspink said. “That’s why it is so exciting to be a part of this prize – the finalists not only represent the cutting edge of contemporary art, they are producing work which challenges our perception of art forms and practice.”
The prize is open to Australian and New Zealand artists who are not enrolled as a student and whose work is not represented in the collection of an Australian state, territory or national public art gallery.
Goldspink said the prize aimed to provide emerging artists with a valuable career development opportunity. “The finalists in the John Fries Memorial Prize exhibition will have the opportunity to share their work with leading figures in the contemporary art sector including our judges – Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Felicity Fenner, Dr Sanné Mestrom and Kath Fries.
“We’re lucky in 2013 to have a judging panel with diverse expertise across a number of organisations and events such as Artbank and the Venice Biennale. I’m looking forward to viewing the entries we receive and seeing which finalists will be part of the exhibition later this year.” (Sebastian Goldspink, JFMP 2013 Guest Curator)
The finalists work will be exhibited at Gaffa Galleries Sydney, 24 August - 14 September, and the winner will be announced at 7pm on 27 August.
To enter or for more information, visit www.viscopy.org.au/jfmp
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