Get ready for The Victorian Indigenous Art Awards. These awards celebrate the quality and diversity of art practice among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and the richness of Victoria’s Indigenous arts and culture.
The shortlist will be announced Friday 4th July.
The total prize pool is valued at over $50,000 across five categories including the $30,000 Deadly Art Award.
We invite Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to submit an entry. Entry is free and artists are eligible to enter up to three new works.
An exhibition of the winning and short-listed works will be held at the Art Gallery of Ballarat from Saturday 23 August – Sunday 5 October.
We are looking forward to our upcoming exhibitions of new work by Yhonnie Scarce.
Yhonnie Scarce is currently exhibiting in the Biennale of Sydney (AGNSW) and major work has recently been acquired by the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. Her solo exhibition at dianne tanzer gallery + projects draws on research into eugenics and scientific experimentation upon Aboriginal people. Scarce employs techniques that use medical equipment to pinch and pull her glass bush-fruits – metaphors for the manipulation of culture – a significant theme that Yhonnie exposes through her work. Scarce’s glass work is as delicate in its beauty as it is strong in the stories that it embodies.
The Silence of Others – May 31 – June 21
Yhonnie Scarce (Installation) at the Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Photography: Janelle Low
The New York Times features Yhonnie Scarce’s provocative work ” Weak in Colour But Strong in Blood” in their review of the Biennale of Sydney.
Now showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Scarce’s laboratory-like installation references past experiments carried out on Indigenous Australians, comprising blown glass, medical equipment and set under harsh lights.
The Biennale of Sydney continues until the 9th of June 2014.
Juan Ford and Yhonnie Scarce are both presenting major new installations as a part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s landmark exhibition Melbourne Now. This is the NGV’s largest and most ambitious exhibition with nearly 400 artists, architects, designers and creative practitioners participating.
Visit both venues to interact with Juan Ford’s installation at the NGV International, and discover Yhonnie Scarce’s dramatic new commission in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Galleries of NGV Australia.
Melbourne Now is open until 23 March 2014 and entry is free.
Juan Ford, You, Me and the Flock, 2013, wallpaper & vinyl stickers, dimensions variable
Wonderful news. Yhonnie Scarce and Michael Cook have each been selected to exhibit major new work in the prestigious 19th Biennale of Sydney 2014
Yhonnie Scarce at Jam Factory, SA. Photo: James Grosse
Michael Cook at Debil, Debil, Carriageworks Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney
Yhonnie Scarce uses glass as more than a mere material; acting as a lens and a mirror, it both reflects and exposes the tragedies of Australia’s colonisation. Like archaeological objects, Scarce uses her glass works to tell stories and bear witness. Akin to a gatherer of bush food Scarce creates glass-gatherings of the persecuted. The repetition of brittle ambiguous bodies collected for experimentation and examination conjures the relentless impact of colonization and the litany of abuses suffered by Aboriginal people.
Yhonnie Scarce was born in Woomera, South Australia. She belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples. One of the first contemporary Australian artists to explore the political and aesthetic power of glass, Scarce describes her work as “politically motivated and emotionally driven”.
Scarce is currently exhibiting in Personal Structures, a collateral exhibition of the 55th Venice Biennale and is also a current finalist of the Western Australia Indigenous Art Award. In 2012 Scarce held a residency and exhibited at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum, University of Virginia USA and participated in Aboriginal art symposiums at Seattle Art Museum and the Hood Museum, New Hampshire. Later this year Scarce will be featured in Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Yhonnie Scarce, The Cultivation of Whiteness, 2013, 60 pieces blown glass and glass beakers. (Detail)
Developed by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and presented by the Art Gallery of Ballarat, the awards are designed to showcase and raise the profile of Victoria’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait artists and art from south-eastern Australia, and facilitate economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
The winners will be announced on Saturday 2 November 2013 at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Visit the VIAA website for more information.
Yhonnie also featured on SBS Radio last week – click here to listen to the full interview online.
Yhonnie Scarce, Not Willing to Suffocate, 2012, glass, painted metal, 65 x 15 x 20cm each
WAIAA, the richest Indigenous arts prize in the country, is a national award to celebrate the breadth, diversity and excellence of art from all corners of Indigenous Australia. The awards acknowledge the significant and ongoing contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists make to Australian art, culture and society.
The $50,000 Western Australian Indigenous Art Award will be awarded to the artist whose work in the awards exhibition is considered by the selection panel to be the most outstanding. The winner of this award will be announced at the opening event on Thursday 22 August 2013.
For more information and complete list of finalists, please visit the WAIAA website.
Yhonnie Scarce, Burial Ground 2011, blown glass and perspex, 33 x 133 x 38cm
HEARTLAND is an exhibition of contemporary art from South Australia that premieres new works of art made for the exhibition as well as selected works that have rarely been seen.
The title of the exhibition proposes an expansion of the genre of landscape to include the geographic, the political, the ecological, the immaterial, the emotional and even the spiritual. It consciously deviates from the use of the term landscape to include Indigenous and settler narratives. HEARTLAND hopes to generate new ways of thinking about who and where we are.
Curated by Nici Cumpston, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Lisa Slade, Project Curator
21 June – 8 September 2013
Personal Structures, an official satellite exhibition of the 55th Venice Biennale, opens this week at Palazzo Bembo in Venice. The exhibition features Blood on the Wattle by Yhonnie Scarce, an installation that comprises a perspex coffin holding close to 300 blown glass black bush yams.
Yhonnie will be holding an artist talk at 4pm Friday 31 May at Palazzo Bembo – all welcome.
1 June – 24 November 2013
Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy
Yhonnie Scarce, Blood on the Wattle, 2013
Palazzo Bembo, Venice, installation view