Where are they now? Arts NSW Visual Arts Fellows
The NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) has been offered in some form by the NSW Government since 1900, when it was awarded to George Lambert.
It has been won over the years by many notable artists, including Roy de Maistre (1923), (Sir) William Dobell (1929), Richard Dunn (1966), Bronwyn Oliver (1981), Peter Atkins (1985), Emil Goh (1996) and Todd McMillan (2006).
Arts NSW is now taking applications for the 2015 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging). Applications close 18 May.
As part of the assessment process, a shortlist of up to twelve artists will be selected to participate in an exhibition to be held at Artspace in Sydney.
Here, we take a look at what some of the more recent recipients have been up to since they were awarded the Fellowship.
Khaled Sabsabi – 2010 Fellow
Khaled presented his acclaimed work 99 at the NSW Visual Arts Fellowship exhibition at Artspace in 2010.
The Fellowship was then known as the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship. Khlaed’s Fellowship supported a 12-month professional development residency in Lebanon with Beirut DC, exploring how to support, produce and promote Arabic independent film-making regionally and internationally.
In early 2012, Khaled secured gallery representation for the first time with Milani Gallery – a career milestone that he largely credits the Fellowship with for helping him to achieve.
“The Fellowship opened up doors for me,” he said. “The sort of recognition it brings is really important for artists and their development”.
Since receiving the Fellowship, Khaled has participated in many exhibitions including the 5th Marrakech Biennale, 18th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney Pavilion, 9th Shanghai Biennale and the Sharjah Biennial 11.
Khaled is one of 18 artists commissioned for the 24 Frames Per Second project presented by Carriageworks and supported by the Australia Council for the Arts. The three-year project culminates in an exhibition in June this year.
He is also currently producing work for the National Sports Museum, as the recipient of the museum’s 2014 Basil Sellers Arts Fellowship.
Soda_Jerk (sisters Dominique and Dan Angelero) – 2011 Fellows
Soda_Jerk presented After the Rainbow, a two channel video installation, for the NSW Visual Arts Fellowship exhibition at Artspace.
The Fellowship afforded the duo the opportunity to undertake a year-long studio residency at Flux Factory in New York and a mentorship in San Francisco with pioneering ‘found’ footage filmmaker Craig Baldwin.
The residency enabled the sisters to build a strong foundation of community within experimental art and film worlds in the USA. Since 2011, they have exhibited in New York institutions such as the Museum of the Moving Image, Pioneer Works and Independent Curators International, as well as independent cinemas like Anthology Film Archives, Spectacle Theatre, Union Docs, Other Cinema and the Los Angeles Film Forum.
In 2014, Soda_Jerk presented work at Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art and held a solo exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. In the past year, they also undertook a six month studio residency at ISCP, and were selected for the Art & Law Program at Fordham Law School.
In May 2015, Soda_Jerk will begin a European Media Art Network residency at the Foundation for Creative Technology in Liverpool. They will then return to New York for a five month studio residency on Governor’s Island awarded by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Jamie North – 2013 Fellow
Jamie presented an installation comprising three sculptural pieces from previous work and four new pieces created specifically for the Artspace exhibition.
He allocated part of his Fellowship toward creating a new body of work for a solo exhibition, Terraforms, at Sarah Cottier Gallery and for two new works to be shown in the group exhibition Concrete, at MUMA (Monash University Museum of Art).
“The Artspace exhibition, along with Terraforms, really widened the exposure to my practice,” Jamie said. “I wanted to travel with a new body of work in addition to the work I had shown at Artspace, in order to expand the ideas and techniques I had explored previously”.
The day after the opening at Sarah Cottier Gallery, Jamie left for the USA to begin his professional development program. Jamie travelled to Pittsburgh to explore historical steel making and to explore the abandoned town of Centralia, in the Anthracite Region of Pennsylvania.
After Pittsburgh, Jamie travelled to Detroit to photograph the slag operations of Edw. C. Levy Co., in order to extend a photographic series that began in Levy Co.’s Australian operations.
Soon after returning from the USA, North was commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria to produce a body of work for its Federation Court series. The result, the six-columned installation Rock Melt, has attracted widespread media attention. Following on from Rock Melt, Jamie will complete several other commissions before travelling to Istanbul for a residency and exhibition later this year.
“I feel as though the Fellowship win was integral to the current vitality of my practice,” he said. “A lot of opportunities have flowed from the Fellowship, both directly and indirectly. The body of work that I created prior to leaving Sydney generated an interest in my practice that was compounded by my residency in Pittsburgh and Detroit.”
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran– 2014 Fellow
Ramesh presented Elephant Island – a site-specific ceramic installation – for the Arts NSW Visual Arts Fellowship exhibition at Artspace. The work explored themes of fertility, creation, worship and the impact of Western imperialism upon Hinduism.
His Fellowship win saw him listed number 1 in the ’50 Things Collectors Need to Know’ edition of Australian Art Collector Magazine, and featured in Belle Magazine, Journal of Australian Ceramics, and Vault Magazine.
Silver Dickhead 2, a sculptural work that formed part of the Elephant Island installation, was also acquired by Artbank – and was the first of Ramesh’s work to be acquired by an institution.
Ramesh was just announced one of five shortlisted artists for the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Art Award. As a result, he will present a solo project at the Shepparton Art Museum later this year.
He’s also producing new works for Sydney Contemporary, Beaver Galleries and the Clayarch Gimhae Museum in Korea, and for a solo exhibition at Gallery 9 in February 2016.
Ramesh is also about to complete a month long mentorship in Busan, Korea with Melbourne-based artist Vipoo Srivilasa, through the Beyond Limitations Clay Mentoring Program.
As the most recent recipient of the Fellowship, Ramesh is still in the planning phase of the various residencies and fieldwork programs that will take place across India and Europe, which his Fellowship supports.
“The Fellowship has enabled me to dedicate serious time towards research and studio production to ensure sustainability and professional development across international networks,” he said.
Published: 4 May 2015