Heath was awarded the prestigious $30,000 fellowship for his multi-channel video installation The Rainbow lands, 2015.
The fellowship’s selection panel noted that, “Heath Franco is an exciting new voice in Australian art. This latest project consolidates and develops his previous work, pointing to a stimulating new phase of his practice. He has an unconventional voice. He creates characters that are unsettling yet familiar and who subvert cultural stereotypes. His playful and fearless exploration of the materiality of the video medium is impressive. This is due to a keen sense of pace, use of restraint and idiosyncratic, sensory visual language. The Rainbow Lands indicates an exciting new phase of his practice.”
Heath will use the fellowship to undertake a mentorship with music video creator Joel Kefali, research, create and perform new works in the United States and deliver workshops at the Information Cultural Exchange in Parramatta, Sydney.
You can see Heath Franco's work in the finalists exhibition at Artspace until 12 December, 2015.