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GERTRUDE STUDIOS OPEN DAY
23.11.2012

Studios Open Day : Saturday 24 November, 1-4pm

Each year Gertrdue Contemporary's sixteen studio artists open their doors to the public. This is a unique opportunity to gain privilged access to the creative work spaces of some of Australia's most innovative and dynamic contemporary artists.

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Performances at Gertrude Contemporary as part of Studios Open Day

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MURAL BY ENTANG WIHARSO, STUDIO 18
30.01.2013

Indonesian artist Entang Wiharso recently took part in a 7 week residency as part of Gertrude Contemporary's Studio 18 residency program. Wiharso's paintings combine personal, Western and Indonesian mythologies and cast a critical eye on international politics, environmental issues and cultural stereotypes and prejudices. This year Wiharso will represent Indonesia in a group show at the first Indonesian Pavillion at the 2013 Venice Biennale.
 
During his residency at Gertrude Contemporary, Wiharso created a large-scale mural, spanning the entire back wall of Studio 18. Amidst a darkened landscape that is both austere yet fertile, lies a volcanic crater reminiscent of a freshly dug mass grave. Titled 'Memorial Landscape, December 14 2012' the work is dedicated to the victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut.

Wiharso studied Painting at the Fine Art Department of the Indonesian Institute of Arts, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. His extensive exhibition history includes: Entang Wiharso, Artnews Projects, Berlin, 2012; Second Skin: Peeling Back the Layers, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2011; Love Me Or Die, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, 2011 and Sublime Tunnel, CP Foundation, Jakarta, 2004.

Gertrude Contemporary offers residency programs for visiting international and interstate artists and curators. Participants in the residency program stay in Gertrude Contemporary’s fully-appointed residential apartment/studio, Studio 18, that is located on the top floor of Gertrude Contemporary’s gallery complex.

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NEW GERTRUDE CONTEMPORARY STUDIO ARTISTS ANNOUNCED
13.11.2012

Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to announce the 2013 Studio Artists are: Sean Bailey, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Jess Johnson, Bridie Lunney, Taree Mackenzie, Alasdair McLuckie and Charlie Sofo

 

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Image: Catherine Evans


THE MAXIMILIAN: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
19.05.2012

The Maximilian and OtherFilm are calling for submissions for a component of this year's Psycho Subtropics. Submissions are sought from Sydney-based writers (or practitioners who write). Five writers will be chosen to engage with the week-long event and to produce writing at its culmination.


The week-long collaborative residency will be held at Serial Space, Sydney during 4 June - 10 June 2012. Bringing Brisbane artists and writers to Sydney, the group will work within a loose collaborative framework that considers a cultural climate in close alignment with a literal one: heated and intense. The Maximilian will work as a written component for Psycho Subtropics, alongside artists who work within experimental collaborative practices, to produce writing about these concerns and their outcomes.

To do this, the platform will work with five Sydney writers - connecting Sydney and Brisbane practitioners to produce an outcome much more enriched than the sum of its parts. The practical outcome of this will be published through The Maximilian's online platform, along with a limited run paper publication. The event will occur just before The Maximilian's
national launch in late June, and will form a part of the platform's launch issue content.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
• A cover letter outlining your interest in the project (one page)
• CV (up to two pages)
• Three examples of previous written work
Submissions are due by midnight on Sunday 20th May.
Please send submissions to [email protected]
with 'Psycho Subtropics' in the subject line.
We only accept submissions digitally (via email).


THE WALTERS PRIZE
20.08.2012

The nominees for New Zealand's most prestigious art award for contemporary art have been announced and includes Sriwhana Spong's exhibition for Gertrude Contemporary Fanta Silver and Song shown at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (4 February–5 March 2011).

The finalists’ artworks will be exhibited at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki for three months from 4 August, at the end of which the winner will be announced. The $50 000 Walters Prize is awarded every two years for outstanding work produced and exhibited during the past two years.

Other finalists include:
Simon Denny for the exhibition Introductory logic video tutorial shown at Artspace, Sydney (5 March–10 April 2010)
Alicia Frankovich for the exhibition Floor Resistance shown at Hebbel Am Ufer, HAU 3, Berlin, (25 June 2011)
Kate Newby for the exhibition Crawl out your window, shown at Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst GAK, Bremen (28 August–7 November 2010).


2012 EMERGING WRITERS PROGRAM ANNOUNCED
09.03.2012

Gertrude Contemporary is eagerly anticipating to the outcomes of the mentorships for the 2012 Gertrude Contemporary and Art and Australia Emerging Writers Program.

The participants and their mentors for 2012 are:

Writer David Homewood will be mentored by Jason Smith, Director Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.

Writer Ash Kilmartin will be mentored by Blair French, Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney

Writer Tess Maunder will be mentored by Rachel Kent, Senior Curator Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Writer Alison Lasek will be mentored by Nikos Papastergiadis: Professor, Cultural Studies and Media and Communications, The University of Melbourne.

Each writer will produce one catalogue essay for the Gertrude Contemporary Studio 12 exhibition program as well as one review for Art and Australia Magazine.

 

 


FUTURE GENERATION ART PRIZE: SUBMISSIONS CLOSE MAY 6 2012
31.03.2012  

Last Call for Applications for the Second edition of the $100,000 Future Generation Art Prize
Application submission is closing on May 6, 2012

Applications available online at the competition’s website: futuregenerationartprize.org

 The Prize is open to all artists up to the age of 35 with the aim of acknowledging and giving long-term support to a future generation of artists. The Prize is unique because of its global reach and highly democratic form of application via the Internet.The artists may apply with their work without any restrictions concerning gender, nationality, race or artistic medium. Participants must fill in all fields of the Application Form and upload a photo or video of between three and seven of their artworks. Since February 6, 2012, young artists from all continents, living in 97 countries, have applied for the second edition of the Future Generation Art Prize.

More than 50 international non-profit art organizations based in over than 38 countries support outreach to artists around the world as well as 100 correspondents engaging young artists under 35 from wherever they may live and work. The winner will be announced in December 2012, coinciding with an exhibition of the shortlisted artists at the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev from October 2012 to January 2013.

 The Main Prize winner will receive a total of $100,000: $60,000 as a cash award, and $40,000 toward the production of new work.  An additional $20,000 will be allocated to fund artist-in-residency programmes for the Special Prize winner.

 

Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Andreas Gursky and Takashi Murakami are Mentor Artists for the Prize, providing advice and support for the winning artist. Andreas Gursky will present an exhibition of his own works at the PinchukArtCentre parallel to the shortlisted artists exhibition.  The panel of international jurors for the will be announced along with names of 20 artists shortlisted for the Prize in June 2012. Mykyta Kadan, the winner of the national PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011 will also participate, bringing the maximum number of artists in the exhibition to 21.  A distinguished international Board oversees the Future Generation Art Prize. In addition to chairman Victor Pinchuk and the four Mentor Artists, the Board’s membership includes Eli Broad, Dakis Joannou, Elton John, Miuccia Prada and art museum directors Richard Armstrong (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum), Glenn D. Lowry (The Museum of Modern Art),  Alfred Pacquement (Musée nationale d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou) and Sir Nicholas Serota (Tate).

 


APPLICATIONS OPEN: 2012 GERTRUDE CONTEMPORARY AND ART & AUSTRALIA MAGAZINE EMERGING WRITERS PROGRAM
18.03.2012

DEADLINE: 5PM MONDAY 19 MARCH 2012


In 2005 the Gertrude Contemporary and Art and Australia Emerging Writers Program was established to provide a unique opportunity for emerging visual arts writers to contribute to the critical discussion of Australian contemporary art. Run in partnership with Australia’s leading art magazine Art and Australia, this program offers four emerging writers the opportunity to develop their writing practice, publish their work and gain further insight into the field of contemporary art writing.

2012 will be the second year the program will be offered in New South Wales. The aim of the Emerging Writers Program is to professionally support emerging arts writers who are committed to a career in the arena of contemporary art and criticism. This program contributes to the growth of a rich and insightful critical culture around contemporary art, providing participants with professional development and mentorship. This is the longest-running program of its kind in Australia and offers unparalleled access to professional networks and the opportunity to publish in Australia’s most important art magazine.

Each year four applicants are selected to participate in this program. Each Emerging Writer is teamed with a mentor who is a leader in the field and with whom they work, to create two pieces of professional writing for publication. Each writer creates a catalogue essay for a Gertrude Contemporary Studio 12 exhibition and an exhibition review for publication in Art and Australia magazine. This year the Emerging Writers from New South Wales will be required to travel to Melbourne to meet with the  Gertrude Contemporary Studio Artist on whose work they will be writing for the Studio 12 exhibition catalogue.

To view previously published outcomes of this program please see the Emerging Writers section on our website: http://www.gertrude.org.au/programs/emerging-writers/ emerging-writers-32/

This program is made possible with the generous support of The Ian Potter Foundation.

The 2012 Mentors:
Blair French: Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney
Rachel Kent: Senior Curator Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Nikos Papastergiadis: Professor, Cultural Studies and Media and Communications, The University of Melbourne
Jason Smith: Director, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

Applications should include:
• A cover letter expressing why you would like to take part
in this program
• Curriculum Vitae
• A writing sample of up to 700 words (Preferably a
catalogue essay or review of an art work, exhibition or
event rather than a university essay or thesis extract. Not
necessarily a previously published text)

Send your application to:
Amita Kirpalani
Gertrude Contemporary
200 Gertrude St
Fitzroy, VIC, 3065
Or email it to: [email protected]

DEADLINE: Monday 19 March, 5pm (late applications
will not be accepted. Email applications are permitted
and applications sent via


THE 2011 EDITION LAUNCH
03.12.2011

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On Sunday 4 December Gertrude Contemporary celebrated the 2011 Edition Launch in the home of Gertrude's Table Patrons, Suzi and Barry Carp. Artists, curators and collectors from the Gertrude community joined Director Alexie Glass-Kantor in launching Michelle Ussher's print, Mirrorrim Sees. Find out more about the edition here.


FOD AND GERTRUDE CONTEMPORARY WIN ANOTHER AWARD!
05.12.2011

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On August 4 Museums of Australia held the 17th Annual Victorian Museum Awards which celebrates the dynamic museum and gallery industry in Victoria. Individual and organisational achievements were recognised by peers, colleagues, mentors, educators and employers.

The partnership between Fabio Ongarato Design and Gertrude Contemporary was again recognised with four different awards:

The Judges' Special Award for print publications for the Gertrude Contemporary Corporate Branding Suite.

The Major Exhibition Catalogue category for the No Name Station publication.

The Corporate Winner for The Gertrude Contemporary Corporate Branding Suite.

The Website award for the Gertrude Contemporary website.

The other winners are listed on the Museums Australia website http://www.museumsaustralia.org.au/site/mapda2011.php.


STUDIO ARTISTS OPEN DAY SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER 1-3PM
25.11.2011

Cooinciding with the annual Gertrude Studios exhibition, is the Gertrude Studio artists Open Day.  Held once a year,  the Open Day gives members of the public unrivalled access to each of the 16 working spaces housed on site.  Visitors are invited to wander around the studio complex, where new work will be on show alongside work in progress.  The current Studio Artists will be on hand to answer questions as well as engage in chit-chat and/or debate.

Also open on Saturday will be the Gertrude Studios 2011 Exhibition comprising a selection of new work by Australia’s most innovative young artists. As an organization that fosters artists in the first fifteen years of their career through studio residencies, exhibitions, touring exhibitions, publications and educational programs, Gertrude Contemporary offers an environment where risk, experimentation and creativity are encouraged. As such, the annual Gertrude Studio exhibition presents a sampling of Australia’s most dynamic contemporary art practice. Featuring fifteen artists and a collaborative duo, working across a range of disciplines, this year’s Gertrude Studios exhibition weaves its way throughout the labyrinth of Gertrude Contemporary’s gallery spaces. Each year the exhibition seeks to enhance commonalities as well as linking and intersecting what appear to be divergent practices, to reveal shared concerns and associations. The result is that the exhibition is a combination of multiple incursions, interruptions and subversions within works, between works and in relation to the gallery spaces.

The exhibition continues until 17 December 2011.


NEW STUDIO ARTISTS ANNOUNCED
31.12.1969

We are pleased to announce that the new Gertrude Studio Artists for 2011/2012 are: Fergus Binns, Eliza Jane Dyball, George Egerton-Warburton, Christopher LG Hill, Veronica Kent, Ash Kilmartin, Scott Miles and Reko Rennie.

We look forward to welcoming each of these artists into the Gertrude community and having them participate in the Gertrude Studio Program over the next two years.


GERTRUDE CONTEMPORARY AND FABIO ONGARATO DESIGN WIN THE NATIONAL ABAF SME AWARD!
10.10.2011

After gaining entry to the Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Victorian finals, the ongoing partnership between Gertrude Contemporary and Fabio Ongrato Design (FOD) was acknowledged at the National AbaF awards held on October 11, 2011. The partnership won the National AbaF SME Award. Gertrude Contemporary, Director Alexie Glass-Kantor and Fabio Ongarato who establisehed the partnership in 2006, traveled to Perth for the awards ceremony on October 11 2011. State winners and finalisists from around Australia gathered for the announcement of the national winners at this black tie event.


Each year the Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) honours key relationships between arts organizations and  businesses, through the prestigious national AbaF awards. The AbaF SME Award acknowledges outstanding partnerships between small businesses and arts and cultural organisations. A profile on the partnership is featured in the annually produced Gold Book which recognizes key partnerships.


Since 2006 the partnership between Gertrude Contemporary and FOD has been built on a shared vision and mutually compatible strengths. Both Gertrude Contemporary and FOD are small, dynamic and innovative centers of contemporary excellence that regularly ‘punch above their weight’. Both share a commitment to rigorous, critically engaged art and design with a desire to reach out to new audiences in bold and striking ways.


In 2010 FOD worked with Gertrude Contemporary to re-brand this 28 year old organisation, relaunching the organisation’s website and renovating the communications templates. The re-brand emphasises that Gertrude Contemporary is more than an art gallery and makes it easier for audiences and stakeholders to engage with our rich program of constantly evolving ideas and opportunities for creative development. This reinvigorated identity reflects Gertrude’s unique history and place in the Australian art landscape, bringing to the fore its reputation as a generator for art that embraces risk, experimentation and rigorous thinking.


Over the past five years the two organisations have worked together to create six world class publications, a new visual identity for Gertrude Contemporary and a phenomenal new website. FOD have won six major awards for the work they have created with Gertrude Contemporary, and Gertrude Contemporary have increased their international exposure significantly. Currently there are more than 15,000 Gertrude Contemporary/FOD designed publications circulating internationally promoting Gertrude Contemporary’s creative culture and Fabio Ongarato Design’s innovative design practices.
In addition, the new Gertrude Contemporary website now has the capability to serve as an archive with over two hundred and artist pages which feature images and biographical information on almost all of the 250+ artists who have had held studios at Gertrude Contemporary since 1983. This is an incredible resource for the artists, as well as for researchers, curators, students and the general arts community, nationally and internationally, is already proving to have an immense impact on the arts community’s ability to access historical information about the Melbourne art scene over the past twenty-eight years.
Winning the national AbaF awards will serve to further increase both Gertrude Contemporary and Fabio Ongarato Design’s profile and is further public acknowledgement of the strength of the ongoing collaboration.


15 ASIA PACIFIC BREWERIES FOUNDATION SIGNATURE ART PRIZE FINALISTS REVEALED
31.12.1969

On 26 September 2011, The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation announced the 15 finalists shortlisted for the 2011 APB Foundation Signature Art Prize.

Drawn from the Asia Pacific region, the 15 finalist works showcase a range of mediums and techniques used in contemporary art-making in the region. This year’s shortlist was selected from the 130 artworks which were nominated from 24 countries and territories for the Prize. The 15 finalists come from 14 countries and territories across Asia Pacific. Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam has one finalist each, while South Korea has two finalists.

Making the selection was the jury panel of five eminent art experts: Mr. Fumio Nanjo, Director, Mori Art Museum; Mr. Gregor Muir, Executive Director, Institute of Contemporary Arts London; Mr. Hendro Wijanto, leading Southeast Asian writer, critic and curator; Mr. Ranjit Hoskote, Curator of the India Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011 and leading South Asian poet-writer, curator and critic, and Mr. Tan Boon Hui, Director, SAM.

Australia is nominated for the Prize for the first time and the work has been included in the final group of works. Nominated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, Director and Senior Curator of Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australian artist Daniel Crook’s single channel video work, Static No.12 (seek stillness in movement), is among the finalists shortlisted. Exploring the spatial representation of time and the metaphysical concept behind it, the video manipulates footage of an elderly man practicing taichi, distorting reality and stretching his movements across the frame.

All 15 finalist artworks will be presented in The Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2011 Finalists Exhibition at SAM in November.

On 17 November, five winners including one Grand Prize winner (35,000 AUD), three Jurors’ Choice Award winners (AUD 8,000 each) and one People’s Choice Award winner (AUD 8,000), will be announced at the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize Awards Ceremony. While the Grand Prize and Jurors’ Choice Awards will be conferred by the judging panel following a viewing of the installed works, the People’s Choice Award will be presented to the public’s most loved work. Supporters can nominate their favourite finalist work for the award online at www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/signatureartprize
from 1 October 2011 or cast their votes in person at the Asia Pacific Foundation Signature Art Prize 2011 Finalists Exhibition. Those who vote will stand the chance to win an Apple MacBook Air, or receive one of 20 limited edition commemorative catalogues about the Prize, the finalists and their artwork


JENNIFER TEETS - VISITING CURATOR
24.09.2011


Dear friends of Melbourne,

It has been a great pleasure meeting you. I might have mentioned I'm doing a bit of a ludicrous or delusional walk in the William Ricketts Sanctuary this week with Alex Vivian and Justin Clemens and would like to share the fruits of that frolic with you this Sunday September 25, 2011 at 6pm at Studio 18. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Cane toads too.

RSVP if you can so I can know who to expect. I wish you a lovely Melbourne sun.

Best,
Jennifer


2011 GERTRUDE TABLE DINNER
09.09.2011

We are pleased to announce that Gertrude Contemporary’s annual prestigious patron’s event, Gertrude’s Table, will return to the gallery spaces in celebration of its community, marked by a unqiue fine dining experience. This year guests will be surrounded by the vibrantly tinted International Klein Blue walls of the current exhibition, The Matter of Air. The exhibition, which considers transformation through artworks that traverse the threshold between the material and the immaterial, provides the perfect setting for guests to get lost in conversation. The setting will be daring and inspired, where dining tables will be resplendent with vibrant platters provided by Mud Australia, multiple courses by local eatery  Enoteca, glasses will overflow with Prince Phillippe Maurice De Broglie methode champenoise and artistic flourishes by Mr Lincoln and current Gertrude Studio artist Paul Yore. This annual event has become renowned for displaying the talents of local producers and chefs,in the context of an art-filled fine dining experience, which both provokes and entertains. Gertrude Contemporary believes that the most important conversations are had at the dinner table and these annual events serve to forge long-lasting relationships amongst members of the Gertrude community.


Gertrude Contemporary’s exclusive patrons programme Gertrude’s Table was inaugurated in 2007, and at its heart is this annual invite-only dinner at the gallery. At this event gallery patrons meet with artists, curators and writers for an evening of great food, wine and conversation, encouraging a sense of community and conviviality among our collaborators. The event pays tribute to our supporters by honouring them with a fabulous, themed event, with each year’s party building on the momentum of the last.


Adding to the sense of discovery on the evening, Gertrude Contemporary’s 16 current Studio Artists, who are among Australia’s most innovative young artists, will open their studios, offering guests privileged behind-the-scenes access. This premiere event is invite only, with Australia’s leading arts patrons, artists, curators, artistic directors, editors, designers and all manner of style makers in attendance.

Gertrude’s Table 2011 is generously sponsored by Mud Australia, Enoteca Gertrude Street, Prince Philippe Maurice De Broglie wines and Mr Lincoln.


2011 MADDOCKS ART PRIZES AWARDED
03.07.2011

Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to announce current Studio Artist Trevelyan Clay as the Victorian winner of the  2011 Maddocks Art Prize.

Gertrude Contemporary's partnership with Maddocks on this prize is now in its sixth year, with Clay being the fourth recipient of this generous prize. The prize offers a unique opportunity for one Gertrude Contemporary Studio Artist and one artist from Artspace, Sydney to travel to Italy and visit the Venice Biennale. Presented by Doug Hall AM, Australian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale, to Trevelyan Clay in Melbourne and by Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, to Justene Williams in Sydney. 

"The winners were selected based on a portfolio of work submitted from a selected field of candidates.  Trevelyan and Justene are to be congratulated on winning the prize from an exceptional group of contenders," commented Mark Henry.

The winners were selected by judges Doug Hall AM, Australian Commissioner Venice Biennale 2011; Simon Maidment; Ms Lisa Havilah, Chief Executive Officer at CarriageWorks; and Mark Henry, partner at Maddocks and the firm's lead sponsor of the Art Prize.

The Maddocks Art Prize is presented every two years at a reception in Melbourne and parallel event in Sydney. The prize consists of a return airfare to Venice, accommodation in an apartment provided by Maddocks for a week during the Biennale and $3,000 in cash. The total value of each prize is around $10,000.

Past prize winners have been Mira Gojak (2005), Benjamin Armstrong (2007) and Richard Lewer (2009).


MELBOURNE PRIZE FOR URBAN SCULPTURE 2011
17.04.2011

Victorian sculptors are being invited to submit entries in one of Australia’s richest arts prizes with today’s opening of entries for the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2011.

The annual Melbourne Prize is the most valuable prize of its kind in Australia and runs in a three-year cycle comprising the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture, the Melbourne Prize for Literature and the Melbourne Prize for Music. Over the life of the Melbourne Prize, founded in 2004, the annual award has recognised and rewarded established and emerging artists by distributing more than $600,000 of prizes across these three cultural sectors.

The annual Melbourne Prize has also facilitated artist residencies and provided a major free public exhibition at Federation Square each November. Coordinated by the Melbourne Prize Trust and funded through cross-sector partnerships, the Melbourne Prize was founded by Executive Director Simon Warrender, and is an initiative of the Committee for Melbourne. Now commencing its third cycle, the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2011 provides the opportunity to recognise and reward Victoria’s abundant talent in sculpture through an innovative and inspiring prize and public exhibition.

Premier and Arts Minister Ted Baillieu said the Victorian Government was proud to support the Melbourne Prize: “Each year the annual Melbourne Prize recognises and promotes artistic excellence and the exceptional contribution of artists to Victoria’s cultural life.” “Urban sculpture has the power to transform public spaces, open the arts up to people from all walks of life and bring them together in reflection or celebration. I look forward to seeing the talent that is uncovered by this year’s Prize and accompanying exhibition,” said Premier Baillieu.

Entrants may submit either a completed artwork or a proposal for an artwork and with an increased artist fee this year, this unique prize is now even easier for artists to enter. With the main prize, awards and artist fees, valued at more than $90,000 in total, the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2011 focuses on the urban environment and the importance of sculpture in all its forms to inform and enrich public life and our civic spaces.

Melbourne Prize Executive Director Simon Warrender said, “With the 2011 prize we want to provide significant opportunities for local sculptors as well as allowing the public to experience the creative talent of our community via the free public exhibition at Federation Square.”

Public art, across all forms, can enrich and inspire a community. It opens up new vistas as well as challenging perception, whether it be a focus for debate or a unifying moment in public response. This year’s Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture looks to strengthen our culture of public art.

There are three awards on offer:
• Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2011 - $60,000 cash, generously supported by The Vera Moore Foundation, The Tallis Foundation and the Melbourne Prize Trust.
• Professional Development Award 2011 - $10,000 cash, plus an international air ticket and residency at the Victorian College of the Arts, generously supported by Nathan and Pamela Jacobson, the Professional Development Award Trust, Qantas and the Victorian College of the Arts.
• Civic Choice Award 2011 - $5,000. Awarded from votes cast by visitors to the public exhibition at Federation Square and www.melbourneprizetrust.org, only during the exhibition between 7 and 21 November 2011, generously supported by Nathan and Pamela Jacobson.

A maximum of 6 finalists will each be provided with a $4,000 artist fee. The finalists will be invited to exhibit their entered work at Federation Square during a free two-week public exhibition held between 7 and 21 November 2011. The artist fee will assist finalists with exhibition costs and is generously supported by the Melbourne Prize Trust.
“The annual Melbourne Prize is now a major event enhancing Melbourne’s position as a cultural hub and would not be possible without the generous and ongoing support of our partners and patrons. We are particularly grateful to this year’s judging panel members, who have freely given their time to support the Prize,” said Mr Warrender.

The judges for the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2011 are:
• Dr Gerard Vaughan AM - Director, National Gallery of Victoria
• Juliana Engberg - Director Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
• Max Delany - Director, Melbourne Museum of Modern Art
• Simon Perry - Artist and Sculpture coordinator, School of Art, RMIT University
• Professor Marie Sierra - Artist and Head, School of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Tasmania

Past Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture recipients:
The Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2008 was awarded to Alexander Knox for his work Maxims of behavior, 2008. Tom Nicholson won the Professional Development Award in 2008 for his work Monument for the flooding of Royal Park, 2008. Louise Paramor won the VicUrban Award for her work Titonic Jam Session, 2008. The Civic Choice Award 2008 was won by Elaine Miles for her Reflections, 2007. The Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2005 was awarded to Open Spatial Workshop (OSW), a group of four Victorian artists including Natasha Johns-Messenger, Bianca Hester, Terri Bird and Scott Mitchell, for their propositional work groundings, 2005. Karen Abernethy won the Professional Development Award 2005 and her work, ecophene, 2004, in conjunction with Kiko Gianocca, was commissioned in the CBD. Other works from the exhibition of finalists in the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2005 were either sold or sited for temporary display. The Civic Choice Award 2005 was won by Matthew de Moiser for his work Parasite, 2005.

Key dates for the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2011:
• Monday 18 April: Entries open.
• Wednesday 15 June: Entries close.
• Wednesday 13 July: Finalists announced.
• Monday 7 November to Monday 21 November: Public exhibition at Federation Square.
• Wednesday 9 November: Winners announced.
• Friday November 25 Civic Choice Award 2011 announced.

All prize and award announcements will be made at www.melbourneprizetrust.org
The Entry Form and information for the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2011 is online at www.melbourneprizetrust.org or by request from the Melbourne Prize Trust (telephone 03 9685 9276). You can also follow the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2011 on facebook and twitter (@Melbourne_Prize).

Supported by the State Government through Arts Victoria, the City of Melbourne and partners and patrons. An initiative of the Committee for Melbourne. Please see the website for 2011 partners and patrons.

For further information or interviews with Melbourne Prize Trust Executive Director, Mr Simon Warrender and others upon request please contact: Richard Amos Jessica Lindsay Royce Royce (03) 8628 9300 / 0418 344 978 (03) 8628 9300 / 0412 841 305


NEW GERTRUDE STUDIO ARTISTS 2011/2012
30.11.2010

We are pleased to announce the 2011/2012 Gertrude Studio Artists and welcome Katie Lee, Laith McGreggor, Josh Petherick, Darren Sylvester, Hanna Tai, Jensen Tjhung, Jake Walker and Paul Yore.


FORMER GERTRUDE STUDIO ARTIST CHRISTIAN THOMPSON GAINS CHARLIE PERKINS SCHOLARSHIP
09.11.2010

Former Gertrude studio artist Christian Thompson and accomplished Sydney University psychology student Paul Gray have each been awarded inaugural Charlie Perkins Scholarships to be the first Indigenous Australians to study at Oxford University. Launched in 2008 the scholarships are to enable Indigenous Australian students to study at Oxford. 

Despite a significant Australian student body, it is believed there has never been an Indigenous Australian studying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University. Paul Gray and Christian Thompson are the inaugural winners of the Charlie Perkins scholarship programme that will send them to study at Oxford University. They will begin their studies this year. 

Thompson plans to undertake doctoral studies in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art.