Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship Exhibition 2016
5-7pm, Wed 12 Oct
- When 12 Oct - 5 Nov 2016
CNR OXFORD ST & GREENS RD PADDINGTON NSW 2021
TUES TO SAT, 10AM-5PM
+61 2 8936 0888
The Freedman Foundation, National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) and UNSW Galleries are pleased to co-present the Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship Exhibition 2016. This year the exhibition highlights the breadth and evolution of several emerging artist’s work, showcasing the 2016 incumbent scholars and the 2014 returning scholars.
The Freedman Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists is founded on the idea that international experience and mentorship, both formal and informal, are pivotal to young emerging artists’ careers. Established in 2000, the Freedman Foundation has so far provided the scholarship grants to 78 emerging artists to expand and enrich their studio practice abroad.
In 2015 the Freedman Foundation established the Freedman Curatorial Scholarship to encourage and support students enrolled in the Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW Art & Design. The 2016 recipient, Emily Sullivan, has curated a thoughtful and engaging multi-disciplinary exhibition, working with the two groups of Freedman scholars to present photography, film, sculpture, sound, light, installation and new forms of technology. Collectively, the work in the exhibition explores place and displacement, referring back to the history of their individual disciplines as well as broader art historical contexts.
The 2016 Recipients
The 2016 recipients are five emerging female artists. Alice Couttoupes will participate in a two-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris before travelling to Limoges, France, having been invited to exhibit at the Bernardaud Foundation’s International Contemporary Ceramics exhibition.
Brigitte Hart is travelling to Limpopo, South Africa, to take part in a workshop with pioneering sound artist Francisco Lopez and aims to develop a new body of work exploring ideas of ecology, place and landscape.
Olivia Koh will travel to Manila in the Philippines, to undertake an artist residency at Green Papaya, alongside a mentorship with founding artists Noberto Roldan and Merv Espina. Green Papaya will form the backdrop for Koh’s proposed film Rest and look at this goddamned wheelbarrow. Whatever it is.- Jack Spicer.
Anna McMahon is also undertaking a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, where she will explore the architectural and spatial design of the Jardin à la Française, as well as exploring gardens as a site of queer history and culture. Engaging in both formal and informal experience, McMahon will then go on to complete a mentorship with Agatha Gothe-Snape in Tokyo, before attending the first half of Documenta 14, which will be presented in Athens.
Georgia Saxelby will complete a two-month mentorship in New York with influential landscape architect Julia Watson, considered an international expert in sacred space. Saxelby will also take part in an internship with public multimedia artist Anita Glesta, assisting in the installation and presentation of a public art project in New York that includes a digital architectural intervention with video works.
2014 Returning Artists
The exhibition also includes works developed during their travels by the returning scholars from 2014. Ella Condon participated in a three-month long emerging visiting artist residency at Parsons, The New School of Design, New York. With support from the Freedman Foundation, Michelle Day will graduate in 2017 with a Master of Fine Arts from Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Kelley Stapleton travelled to the Chinati Foundation in Marfa (Texas), New York and Chicago, to pursue a self-initiated study program. Katie Turnbull took part in a three-week residency in the Arctic Circle, run by The Farm Inc. The residency was made possible by the Freedman Scholarship and the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Brenton Smith travelled to North Iceland through the support of the Foundation, having been awarded the Skammdagi artist in residency.
The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship and Curatorial Scholarship are administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) on behalf of The Freedman Foundation.