The 24 finalists for the 2014 John Fries Award for emerging artists have been announced and include COFA graduates Ella Barclay, Heath Franco, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran and Marilyn Schneider.

The judges for the 2014 award are Sebastian Goldspink, Alexie Glass-Kantor, Jess Olivieri, Kath Fries and Megan Cope.

The finalists’ exhibition will be held at UNSW Galleries from August 6-September 6, 2014 and the winner announced on Tuesday, August 12.