UNSW Art & Design alumn artist Newell Harry has been selected alongside contemporary artist peers from Brazil, France, Morocco and Russia for a prestigious Pernod Richard Fellowship.
Pernod Ricard has joined forces with Villa Vassilieff to create the Pernod Ricard Fellowship: a program aimed at supporting four international artists, curators and researchers in residence every year.
Selected by an international committee consisting of ten members, the four Pernod Ricard Fellows are each invited to spend three months in residency within the historical studio at the Villa Vassilieff.
The Fellowships are a unique opportunity for these artists and researchers to enhance their vision and to focus on their own work or any other projects.
Reflecting the cosmopolitan identity and convivial atmosphere of the former studio of Marie Vassilieff, the Fellows enjoy bespoke support from researchers and art professionals, along with access to a rich network of institutions in France and abroad, such as the Centre Pompidou (a longstanding partner of Pernod Ricard and Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research) and the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, a partner in the project.
UNSW Art & Design BFA (Hons) and MFA graduate Newell Harry is an Australian-born artist of South African and Mauritian descent. For over the past decade his projects have drawn from an intimate web of recurring travels and connections across Oceania and the wider Asia-Pacific, to South Africa’s Western Cape Province where the artist’s extended family continue to reside. From Pidgin and Creole languages to modes of exchange in the ‘gift economies’ of the South Pacific, Harry’s interests often culminate in culturally ‘entangled’ installations conflating more linear attitudes to language, collection and material.
Key exhibitions by Harry include: Known/Unknowns, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (2017); Tidalectics, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (2017); All the World’s Futures– 56th Venice Biennale (2015), Suspended Histories, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam (2013); Rendez Vous 11 & 12, Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France (2011) & South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2012); (Untitled): 12th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2011) and The 17th Biennale of Sydney: The Beauty of Distance, Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, Sydney (2010).
The Pernod Ricard Fellowship is conceived as a platform for artistic research dedicated to the experimentation of both non-linear models of creation and knowledge distribution between researchers, contemporary artists, cultural institutions, non-profit organisations and the general public. The Pernod Ricard Fellows also benefit from numerous research programs focusing on unexplored resources, developed by Villa Vassilieff in collaboration with museums, public and private archives, as well as universities and art schools. Lastly, the Fellows will enjoy a dynamic events programme at Villa Vassilieff, offering various options for conducting new investigations and collecting multiple narratives of our globalized world.