Twelve of our most exciting artists feature in this annual round-up of fresh talent
The John Fries Award for emerging visual artists constitutes a handy annual round-up of the most exciting art from Australia and New Zealand, with 12 artists across a range of disciplines making the final cut for exhibition.
This year's lineup is dominated by Sydney artists, with five in the running for the $10,000 award: Amanda Williams, Angela Tiatia, Claudia Nicholson, Kuba Dorabialski, and Tina Havelock Stevens. The remaining artists are: Anwar Young (Amata, SA), Barayuwa Mununggurr (Wandawuy, NT), Ben Leslie (Adelaide, SA), Bridget Reweti (Wellington, NZ), Fayen d’Evie (Muckleford, VIC), Ella Sutherland (Christchurch, NZ), and Kathy Ramsey (Warmun, WA).
The winner will be selected by a committee comprised of artist and guest curator Consuelo Cavaniglia, Melanie Oliver (senior curator and programs manager at The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington), Clothilde Bullen (curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art), artist and Archibald Prize winner Fiona Lowry, and artist Kath Fries (also a Viscopy board member, Chair of the John Fries Award committee and daughter of the late John Fries).
The John Fries Award is named in memory of former Viscopy director John Fries.