Grants put artists on
Five Australian artists have received grants to enable them to show their work at the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art next month.
the road to Moscow
Director of Visual Arts at the Australia Council, Julie Lomax said the artists would join around 80 other arts professionals from 39 countries at the month-long event, which will be held at the Manege Museum from 20 September to 20 October.
Those selected to receive grants to produce new work for the exhibition were Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan (Qld), Richard Bell (Qld), Jumaadi Jumaadi (NSW), Gosia Wlodarczak (Vic) and this year’s Australian representative at the Venice Biennale Simryn Gill (NSW).
Ms Lomax said this year’s topic for the exhibition was ''More Light'' - focusing on the concept of time and space.
“The Australia Council is keen to support Australian artists so they can participate in significant international opportunities through our grants and initiatives,” Ms Lomax said.
“Biennales are important for artists, as they expose their work to an international forum, including key curators, administrators and other artists from around the world.
“This can lead to ongoing and significant collaborations, exhibition opportunities and valuable critical dialogue about an artists’ practice.”
She said the Australian artists represented at the Moscow Biennale were among a highly competitive field of grant applicants, which were assessed by an expert peer panel made up of artists, administrators, curators and academics within the visual arts sector.
“One of the artists, Gosia Wlodarczak, has an exhibition of her work now on show at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth until 30 September, as part of the hotel’s Artist in Residence program,” she said.
“The assessment panel awarded Gosia a New Work grant because of the artistic excellence she has displayed throughout her career, which has been recognised nationally and internationally.”
Edition 375, 20 August 2013