John Fries Award


Deadline:11th January, 2016

The John Fries Award is an annual non-acquisitive award of $10,000 recognising emerging and early career visual artists. Since its start in 2010, it has become a platform for some of the most engaging and experimental works from emerging artists across Australia and New Zealand.

The prize was established by the Fries family in memory of former Viscopy director and honorary treasurer, John Fries, who made a remarkable contribution to the life and success of the organisation.

“The prize has gone from strength to strength each year with many previous winners and finalists continuing to achieve other significant milestones in their careers. The Exhibition offers a glimpse of what’s occurring at the dynamic ‘emerging’ edge of the contemporary art scene, and heightens our expectations of the future.”

Kath Fries, Viscopy director, John Fries Award judge and daughter of the late John Fries

Guest Curator

Sydney curator, artist, writer and lecturer Oliver Watts will continue as the John Fries Award’s Guest Curator for 2016.

For more information please visit the – Website

Image: Blindfold, 2015
PVC pipes, conduits, acrylic
Dimensions variable
© Biljana Jancic/Licensed by Viscopy


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