John Fries Award 2015 call for entries

The John Fries Award 2015 is currently calling for entries from Australian and New Zealand emerging and early career artists. Aiming to encompass the multiplicity of contemporary practice, the award is open to artists of any age, working in all mediums - from painting to conceptual art - to performance and photography.

John Fries Award 2015 call for entries poster, featuring the 2014 winning work:
Bridie Lunney, This Endless Becoming, (James Lunney & Lily Paskas), 2013.

This year I'll be joined on the judging panel by our guest curator, Oliver Watts; Head of International Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Justin Paton; and two acclaimed Australian contemporary artists Fiona Foley and Nell. more info

The $10,000 prize money for this annual non-acquisitive award is donated by my family in memory of my late father, John Fries, a Viscopy director who made a remarkable contribution to the life and success of the organisation. The exhibition and award is administered by Copyright Agency | Viscopy, who I have worked with closely since 2009, to develop the award into a unique platform presenting the most engaging and experimental works by emerging and early career artists from Australia and New Zealand.

Video - JFA curator Oliver Watts talks about the kinds of things he's 
looking for in the entries to the John Fries Award 2015. link

In 2015 Viscopy is pleased to be paying all finalists an artist fee at NAVA recommended rates and will also assist with freight costs to support artists from interstate and New Zealand.

The finalists’ work will feature in a month-long exhibition to be held during September 2015 at UNSW Galleries at UNSW Art & Design – the Award’s presenting partner for the second year running. This continued partnership reflects both Copyright Agency | Viscopy and UNSW Art & Design’s desire to build a professional and resilient creative economy through recognising outstanding talent in the emerging arts sector.

Call for 2015 entries - featuring work by John Fries Award 2014 finalists:
Heath Franco, Bridie Lunney, Abdul Abdullah, Tim Bruniges, Omar Chowdhury

Entries close 19 February 2015