Six top visual artists up for generous NSW Government fellowship

Artbank Sydney collection store. Photo: Tom Ferguson.

Artbank Sydney collection store. Photo: Tom Ferguson.

Six established artists from across the state are being considered for the prestigious 2017 NSW Visual Artists Fellowship which includes $30,000, an acquisitive Artbank commission up to $20,000 and a residency at a NSW regional gallery.

The Fellowship supports the professional development of a later-career NSW artist who will be offered a live-in residency at either the Murray Arts Museum Albury or the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Arts Centre in the Northern Rivers, and a new commission from the Commonwealth Government’s visual arts support program, Artbank.

“As part of our vision, Create in NSW, Arts NSW is ensuing our best artists receive vital mid-career support to continue producing quality work and share their expertise through our regional galleries and communities,” said Arts NSW Executive Director Michael Brealey.

“This Fellowship has attracted an impressive short list of six varied artists who are working across the state and in all kinds of exciting mediums.”

Artbank Director Tony Stephens said the NSW Visual Artists Fellowship provides essential support for mid-career and established artists and acknowledges the need to invest in artists at all stages of their career development.

“We are extremely proud to be part of this year’s Fellowship as it aligns nicely with the objectives of the Artbank program,” said Mr Stephens. “We are very much looking forward to the exhibition at our gallery in Sydney and working on the commission with the successful artist.”

The recipient of the 2017 NSW Visual Artists Fellowship will be announced at the public launch of the shortlist exhibition at Artbank Sydney on 1 December 2016.

The six shortlisted artists are:

  • Khadim Ali (Blacktown), originally an Afghan refugee, his work inspired by miniature painting and now widely exhibited in Australia and overseas; now a trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW.
  • Linda Dement (Balmain), originally a photographer, now a much-awarded digital artist at the forefront of electronic arts, noted in Australia and overseas for her interactive and robotic kinetic installations.
  • Karla Dickens (Lismore), a Wiradjuri artist working in film, photography, sculpture, painting and writing; exhibited across Australia including in Songlines on the Opera House sails for Vivid 2016 and next year at the National Indigenous Art Triennial at the NGA.
  • Bianca Hester (Canterbury), a multidisciplinary, highly collaborative artist creating sculptural installations in public sites in Australia and overseas; holds a PhD from RMIT, Melbourne, with further studies in Amsterdam and the Sydney College of the Arts.
  • Salote Tawale (Newtown), born Fiji, a widely exhibited artist, her performance, photomedia, drawing and sculptural installations draws on her experience of race, class, ethnicity and gender growing up in suburban Australia.
  • Hiromi Tango (Tweed Shire), born in Japan, based in Northern Rivers, this internationally exhibited sculptural and performative artist explores how the arts can engage with aging and emotional recovery.
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Published: 18 October 2016