Congratulations to Master of Fine Arts graduate Joan Ross, who has been announced the winner of the inaugural Australian Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Competition.

This year, the competition was opened to Australian residents for the first time and Joan was selected from a short list of seven finalists.

The panel of judges included prominent Australian actor Rachel Griffiths, former Sydney Lord Mayor Lucy Turnbull AO, Sue Cato, Mark Hughes, Nick Tobias, Dr Gene Sherman AM and Evan Williams.

“Given the incredible standard and quality of the seven finalists, it was never going to be an easy task to choose just one to join our residency program next summer at distillery, however I feel we have an outstanding artist and personality with Joan,” said Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Curator Andy Fairgrieve.

“Her carefully composed works in both print and video are not only visually stunning but deeply thought provoking. Given her artistic concerns surrounding appropriation of land through colonialism and the environmental issues she subtly addresses, I know she will find a rich vein of source material to inform new works once she sets foot on Scottish soil next summer. I look forward to welcoming her to the Glenfiddich Distillery next year.”   

The residency will take place in 2016 where Joan will have the opportunity to live and work for three months at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland alongside artists from Scotland, India, China Taiwan, Canada and Korea.