Call for Entries for the 10th Annual John Fries Award is Now Open

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The John Fries Award 2019 is an annual non-acquisitive award of $10,000 for early career artists with all finalists receiving an artist’s fee of $1000 each.

The John Fries Award 2019 is an exciting opportunity for artists working in all media from painting to conceptual art, performance to photography, and aims to encompass the multiplicity of contemporary practice.

This annual Award has been generously donated by the Fries family in memory of former Viscopy director and honorary treasurer, John Fries, who made a remarkable contribution to the life and success of Viscopy.

Since mid-2012, the award has been managed by Copyright Agency. The John Fries Award 2019 will be presented at UNSW Galleries in Paddington, Sydney as part of our ongoing partnership with UNSW Art and Design.


Entry is open to artists of all ages and disciplines (members and non-members of Copyright Agency) who:

  • Are Australian or New Zealand citizens or who are resident in Australia or New Zealand
  • Identify as an early career artist

Entry requirements

Artists are required to submit:

  • A portfolio of five works created over the past three years, which demonstrate a current commitment to developing a professional artistic practice.
  • An artist’s CV.
  • An artist’s statement.

Artworks may be created in any medium, including but not limited to: sculpture, performance, new media, photography, painting, drawing, installation, ceramics, object based, hybrid practices, sound based and conceptual works. Collaborative entries will be considered, if the collaborative can be demonstrated an ongoing part of the artists’ practices.

To Enter:

Entries close 5pm AEDT on Monday 14 January 2019

Image: Laura Hindmarsh, Inferior Mirage, 2018 Digital video and 16mm film scan. Production still © Laura Hindmarsh | Licensed by Copyright Agency

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