Gaining support to further your creative career is important at any stage, but perhaps most when when you’re an emerging practitioner. The NSW Government acknowledges the important role that emerging artists play in society and therefore supports the NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) valued to $30,000 enabling the winning artist to travel, study, reside and develop their skills under the direction of mentors both in Australia and abroad. 

The 2016 list of finalists in the running for the NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) include Tully Arnot, Cigdem Aydemir, Frances Barrett, Tim Bruniges, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Julian Day, James Nguyen, Giselle Stanborough, Angela Tiatia, and Adri Valery Wens. Of these, half are UNSW Art & Design graduates - Arnot, Aydemir, Barrett, Bruniges, and Stanborough.  

As part of the selection process for the fellowship winner, these 10 artists are participating in a group show at the longstanding Sydney arts venue, Artspace.

Artspace Executive Director and UNSW Art & Design graduate, Alexie Glass-Kantor, and exhibition curator, Talia Linz, will undertake a developmental program with each of the artists over the next three months in the lead up to the opening of the exhibition on Tuesday November 8. Glass-Kantor says that the fellowships are “one of the most exciting platforms foregrounding contemporary art practice in New South Wales – an annual celebration of our vibrant and diverse artistic community.”