Art & Australia Collection
14 Dec 2013 - 27 Jan 2014
The Art & Australia collection included a variety of innovative contemporary works of art.
Melting fridges, mysticism, microcosms and mandalas were all in Art & Australia Collection 2003 - 2013. The Art & Australia Contemporary Art Award was established by the respected art journal of the same name, to promote the work of artists from Australia and New Zealand. The award focuses on artists in the first five years of their practice, supporting them with a critical text discussing their practice and the illustration of the work on the magazines back cover.
At the time of the exhibition the work of twenty-four artists has been acquired for the collection, which represents not only a diversity of art practice but also cultural perspectives within Australian art today. Since winning the award and entering the collection many of these artist’s careers have flourished. Past winners include Del Kathryn Barton: 2008 & 2013 Archibald Prize winner, and Jonathan Jones: 2012 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, National Indigenous Triennial Canada.
Artists featured were Del Kathryn Barton, Karen Black, Rebecca Baumann, Kushana Bush, Christian de Vietri, Pat Foster and Jen Berean, Chantal Fraser, Mark Hilton, Astra Howard, Sara Hughes, Helen Johnson, Jonathon Jones, Ash Keating, Gregor Kregar, James Lynch, Peter Madden, Sanne Maestrom, Nicholas Mangan, Amanda Marburg, Laith McGregor, Rob McHaffie, Alasdair McLuckie, Peter Nelson, Selina Ou, Tom Polo, Sarah Ryan, Giles Ryder, Britt Salt, Noël Skrzypczak, Grant Stevens, Michelle Ussher, Emma White, Tim Woodward and Jamil Yamani.
A touring exhibition of Newcastle Art Gallery in partnership with Art & Australia.
Image: Christian De Vietri 2nd law (2004) polyurethane, fibreglass, metal fridge.