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Visual artists to show their work on world stage

Australia Council Visual Arts Director Julie Lomax said the grant provided up to $50,000 to visual artists who had been invited to present their artwork in a major international venue or event to create new work.

The Australia Council provides support to Australian artists so they can participate in significant international opportunities through our grants and initiatives. Ms Lomax said.

Assisting Australian artists to exhibit overseas is important as it introduces their work to a wide and diverse audience, including important 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.

The five artists to receive the Creative Australia New Work grant are: Nicholas Mangan (Vic), Daniel Crooks (Vic), Tracey Moffatt (NSW) and Ken and Julia Yonetani (NSW).

Ms Lomax said Nicholas would create filmic works and installations focusing on the sun, which would be solar powered. They will be exhibited at Chisenhale Gallery, London in July 2015 and later at Artspace, Sydney.

Chisenhale Gallery director Polly Staple was introduced to Nicholas’s work in 2013 through the Mercosul Biennial in Brazil and visited him in the studio when she was undertaking research at Melbourne’s Gertrude Contemporary.

Nicholas is one of Australia’s most important artists to have emerged on the international art scene in recent years, Ms Staple said.

His work combines a distinctive formal enquiry into sculpture and film with precise cultural and historic references, which resonates across myriad spheres.

I am delighted to be able to support Nicholas and the production and presentation of this new work, in partnership with Artspace Sydney, and bring this work to new audiences through offering him an international platform at Chisenhale.

Daniel will create a new sculptural work for Ars Electronica, Austria, which will be held in September.

Arts Electronica is one of the world’s premier digital media arts festivals, so it is very exciting for Daniel to be asked to exhibit there, Ms Lomax said.

He normally works in film, but for this exhibition he is expanding his arts practice to create a series of sculptures.

He normally works in film, but Tracey’s project, ART CALLS, is a 28 minute pilot for a TV show. Its premiere will form part of a major Australian solo show and then screen at Artpace in San Antonio, Texas next year.or this exhibition he is expanding his arts practice to create a series of sculptures.

Tracey is an artist at the cutting edge of her craft and her work was recognised in 2012 at the Australia Council’s Visual Arts Awards. The ART CALLS project will be a live TV show featuring Tracey interviewing other artists about their work and lives, which she hopes will become a regular series, Ms Lomax said.

Ken and Julia will create new installations using uranium glass and salt for a solo exhibition at L’abbaye de Maubuisson, site d’art contemporain in Paris. The show will open on 25 November this year.

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