Anita Cummins is the 2019 Schenberg Art Fellowship recipient

Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) has announced Anita Cummins as the recipient of the 2019 Schenberg Art Fellowship. Cummins wins the award for her works feelings (2018), and I got out of bed today (2018). The graduate student of Monash University and has been awarded a cash prize of $50,000, and was selected for the ‘Hatched: National Graduate Show 2019′ from a pool of over 60 promising emerging artists from around the country.

Left to right: Alison Kubler, Anita Cummins (2019 Schenberg Art Fellowship recipient), Amy Barrett-Lennard and Brenda McGivern. Photograph: OK Media. Courtesy Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)

In 2019, PICA celebrates 30 years of supporting the development and presentation of experimental art forms. This year marks the tenth anniversary that PICA has worked with the University of Western Australia (UWA) and the UWA Cultural Precinct to present the Schenberg Art Fellowship to one outstanding ‘Hatched’ artist — made possible by the Dr Harold Schenberg Bequest.

‘The artist’s clean, minimalist approach is married with a visually enticing, olfactory and emotionally charged experience,’ remarked the judges Amy Barrett-Lennard, Director, PICA; Professor Ted Snell AM CitWA, Chief Cultural Officer, University of Western Australia; and Alison Kubler, Curator and Writer, Editor, VAULT Magazine.

Further noting ‘the work triggers feelings of nostalgia and hunger in equal measure while revealing the artist’s marvellous ability to transform the status of a mundane junk food snack to that of an elevated art material, reminiscent of pigment.’

‘Hatched’ celebrates its 28th year with a showcase of some of the best new works by 18 of the most promising artists from a number of Australia’s best art schools and universities: Kim Ah Sam (QLD), Patrizia Biondi (NSW), Ómra Caoimhe (WA), Jo Chew (TAS), Anita Cummins (VIC), Stephanie De Biasi (WA), Louis Grant (ACT), Dennis Golding (NSW), John L. Hammer (QLD), Azadeh Hamzeii (QLD), Yvette James (VIC), Emilija Kasumovic (SA), Carmen-Sibha Keiso (VIC), Jonathan Kim (SA), William Kitely (WA), Anna Litwinowicz (QLD), Annette An-Jen Liu (ACT), Kiah Pullens (VIC); on show at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art until 7 July 2019.