John Fries Award | Finalists Exhibition

A platform for some of the most engaging and experimental works from the next wave of contemporary antipodean artists, the annual $10,000 non-acquisitive John Fries Award received more than 550 submissions this year with 12 finalists chosen. Curated by Consuelo Cavaniglia, the exhibition held at Sydney’s UNSW Galleries from 29 September to 3 November, showcases new work in a cross-section of art practices engaging with sound, scent, sculpture, performance, painting and video. Themes include the impact of social and online media, the reconciliation of political realities on identity and the place of Indigenous voice in today’s world. The panel of guest judges – Consuelo Cavaniglia, Sophia Kouyoumdijian, Mikala Tai, Shannon Te Ao, and Kath Fries will announce the 2018 winner at the opening.


Jelena Telecki, Somewheres Nowheres, 2018, installation detail, oil on linen, 2 paintings: both 42 x 30cm, sculpture: various materials, various dimensions © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Copyright Agency Limited, Sydney