The new ‘Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship’

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Carriageworks and Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) have announced a major new fellowship for Australian women artists in the name of Italian-born Australian artist Katthy Cavaliere (1972-2012). The $300,000 initiative, ‘Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship’ is made possible with funds from Cavaliere’s Estate, in partnership with Melbourne, Sydney and Tasmanian art institutes ACCA, Carriageworks and Mona. The Fellowship consists of three $100,000 grants, awarded to three female-identifying Australian artists, or collectives working at the nexus of performance and installation for the purpose of realising an ambitious new work.

Katthy Cavaliere, Loved, installation view at Museum of Old and New Art, 2015-16. Photograph: Rémi Chauvin. Courtesy Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania

Cavaliere is known for her performance and installation work. She migrated to Australia from Italy with her family as a young child and studied at the College of Fine Arts, Sydney (now known as the University NSW School of Art and Design). In 2000 she was a recipient of the ‘Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship’, which took the artist back to Italy to the Accademia di Belle Arti, Brera, Milano where she undertook further studies. Returning to Australia in 2004 Cavaliere presented a regional gallery travelling exhibition ‘Suspended Moment’, and in 2011 her video performance work ‘Loved’ featured at the 54th Venice Biennale. Cavaliere passed away in January 2012. In 2015-16 Mona presented a retrospective survey exhibition ‘Loved’, curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham, which toured to Carriageworks in 2016 accompanied by an extensive monograph.

Cavaliere’s works are held in several gallery collections including at Mona, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Artbank, UQ Art Museum and numerous regional galleries.

Katthy Cavaliere, nest, 2010, chromogenic colour print. Courtesy of the estate of the artist

The selection panel consists of Lisa Havilah, Director Carriageworks, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Acting Director – Programs, Carriageworks, David Walsh, Founder Mona, Nicole Durling, Co-Director of Exhibitions and Collections and Senior Curator Mona, as well as Max Delany, Director ACCA and Annika Kristensen, Senior Curator ACCA.

‘Suspended Moment’ will culminate in a cross-institutional presentation with each of the participating institutions hosting one of the three commissions, to be accompanied by a publication.

Expressions of Interest for the ‘Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship’ are now open. Female artists at any stage of their practice from early career to established are invited to apply. Submissions close on Monday 17 December 2018.

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