2012 Visual Arts Fellowship grant recipients awarded $120,000 over two years

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Thursday 13 September 2012.

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Diaspora, gender, identity and visual culture are just some of the issues addressed by the 2012 Visual Arts Fellowship grant recipients. John Young, Sally Smart and Scott Redford will each receive $120,000 over a two year period to undertake major projects to further develop their practice.

John Young, a Hong Kong-born Australian artist, was sent to Australia to complete his education in Philosophy during the time of The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China. With a visual arts career that spans more than three decades, his more recent work revolves around issues facing Asians in the diaspora and frameworks of representation. Young’s work has been exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. Notably his work Bonhoeffer in Harlem, was installed at St. Matthaus Church, Kulturforum in Berlin in 2009, and he has shown at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Young’s fellowship focuses on the research and development phase of a large scale new project: a response to the last two centuries history of Australia’s Chinese diaspora. He will research from the large amount of documentation held in institutions and private collections across the country. Upon reflection of all this visual, verbal and written information the artist will then develop the ‘Shared Territory’ project that will include cross media installations of paintings, large-scale texts, drawings and filmic components.

Fellow recipient Sally Smart has worked as a visual artist for over thirty years. She has developed a substantial practice where themes exploring ideas around body, gender and identity, the home and history persist. Smart has a strong national and international exhibition history including recent solo shows in London and New York.

Smart’s Fellowship program includes a residency by invitation from the Connecticut Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, USA. After this she will focus on research in the USA, Australia and Asia investigating the relationship between choreography and drawing, and traditional shadow puppetry and its contemporary methodologies.

Smart’s emphasis for the fellowship is an intensive period of development of new skills and creating a new conceptual and technical foundation for making significant new work. This next phase of her career will result in new opportunities for exhibition, both in Australia and overseas.

The board’s third Fellowship recipient, Scott Redford, will undertake an ambitious two year conceptual art project in Berlin. The project will investigate the concept of ‘Burn Rate’ an economic term synonymous for negative cash flow as a means of deciphering changes in contemporary art. This new project will showcase his work through an interconnected series of exhibitions and initiatives.

Redford is a Gold Coast based artist, whose work is a sharp and passionate investigation of vernacular visual culture. In 2010 Redford had a major solo show at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) of paintings, sculptures and videos entitled Scott Redford: Introducing Reinhardt Dammn. With the created character of Dammn, the artist investigated surf and pop culture and also invited the audience to participate in the narrative. Redford has shown extensively in Australia and Germany, and his work is held in major Australian collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), QAG and Parliament House.

The Fellowships are granted by the Visual Arts Board to the value of $120,000 over a two year period. The grant provides financial support to craftspeople, designers, media artists and visual artists – who have an outstanding record of achievement in their field to undertake ambitious projects and develop their practice.

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