Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarships | Art prize winners

Yasmin Smith (mid-career/established) and Kalanjay Dhir (emerging) have been awarded the 2020 Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarships (FLMS) for mid-career/established artist and emerging artist, respectively.

This scholarship aims to support Sydney College of Arts (SCA) graduates to pursue a program of professional development through travel. In 2020, the FLMS was expanded to include two categories (emerging and mid-career/established), in recognition of the potential this particular support has to progress an artist’s career at various stages of their practice.

Yasmin Smith, Flooded Red Rose Basin, 2018

Receiving the 2020 FLMS (mid-career/established, worth $30,000) for her work, Flooded Red Rose Basin (2018), Smith will use the funding to present at the ‘Rethinking Nature’ conference, being held at the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples, in early 2021. Smith will also conduct a period of self-directed research, travelling to power stations in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia to collect material to utilise in the creation of a new body of work to be exhibited in late 2021.

This year’s judges were Clothilde Bullen, Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; leading Australian contemporary artist Sarah Contos; and Andrew Lavery, Chair and Director of Sydney College of the Arts.

All were ‘impressed by how Yasmin employs the medium of ceramics to investigate larger ideas and concepts relevant to broader society. Her timely, well-resolved proposal builds on a deeply layered practice that is both community-engaged and site-specific; embedding her objects with indicators of history in the creation of ‘future relics’.’

Kalanjay Dhir, Parra River Patch, 2020

Awarded the 2020 FLMS (emerging, worth $10,000) for his work, Immersion: Parra River Patch (2020), Dhir will receive support for his first exhibition in Melbourne, as well as support for his travel to Indonesia and research into the Medang and Majapahit maritime empires, leading to his development of a film script and video work based on the medieval history of the Asia-Pacific region.

The judges said of Dhir’s selection: ‘Kalanjay demonstrates a unique and progressive conceptual approach to his work. His approach incorporates tropes drawn from a popular culture narrative to position cultural and historical practices within contemporary critical discourse. Humorous and engaging yet rigorous and well-resolved, his already strong creative practice will undoubtedly grow as a result of the opportunities afforded by this Scholarship.’

The 2020 Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarships Finalist Exhibition, showcasing the work of Kate Brown, Cybele Cox, Kalanjay Dhir, Harley Ives, Claire Milledge, Mel O’Callaghan, Honora Ryan, Huseyin Sami, Yasmin Smith, Kai Wasikowski and Zan Wimberley, will be held at Sydney College of the Arts from 2 October to 13 November 2020. Access to the exhibition is by appointment only; please email sca.gallery@sydney.edu.au to book your visit.