Fijian-born artist awarded inaugural NSW Visual Artist Fellowship

Michael Brealey, A/Executive Director, Arts NSW presenting the 2017 NSW Visual Artist Fellowship to Salote Tawale. Photo: Document Photography

Michael Brealey, A/Executive Director, Arts NSW presenting the 2017 NSW Visual Artist Fellowship to Salote Tawale. Photo: Document Photography

Salote Tawale, whose work uses performance, photomedia, drawing and installation, was presented the prestigious Fellowship at the opening of an exhibition featuring the six shortlisted artists at Artbank, Sydney.

The new NSW Visual Artists Fellowship supports the professional development of a midcareer to established NSW artist and includes $30,000, an acquisitive Artbank commission up to $20,000 and a residency at a NSW regional gallery.

Ms Tawale’s widely exhibited work draws on her personal experience of race, class, ethnicity and gender while growing up in suburban Australia. She will use the Fellowship to explore family oral histories and the Women’s Tattoo in Fiji, study under a curatorial mentorship in Europe, exhibit her art in London, make a new work during a residency at the Murray Art Museum Albury and develop a work for Artbank.

Arts NSW Executive Director Michael Brealey praised the Murray Arts Museum Albury and the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Arts Centre in the Northern Rivers for the live-in residency offered as part of the Fellowship, and the new commission also offered by the Commonwealth Government’s visual arts support program, Artbank.

“Together with Arts NSW, these partners have helped create a new, impressively multifaceted professional opportunity for a mid-career or established artist,” said Mr Brealey, who presented the Fellowship.

“Their involvement means the expertise of these artists is celebrated and seen widely in Sydney and regional NSW. It’s all part of the NSW Government’s vision, Create in NSW, to support a range of artists producing quality work and to share that work with more communities.”

2017 NSW Visual Artist Fellowship Exhibition artist shortlist

2017 NSW Visual Artist Fellowship Exhibition shortlist

“My congratulations to Salote Tawale and all the artists. It is a shortlist of exceptionally talented artists, diverse in backgrounds, working across such an exciting range of mediums, and with two of them last week awarded Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships.”

The artists shortlisted for the 2017 NSW Visual Artists Fellowship are:

  • Khadim Ali (Blacktown)
  • Linda Dement (Balmain)
  • Karla Dickens (Lismore)
  • Bianca Hester (Canterbury)
  • Salote Tawale (Newtown)
  • Hiromi Tango (Tweed Shire)

The exhibition of their work will be at Artbank, 222 Young Street, Waterloo, Sydney, until 24 February 2017.

Another finalist exhibition of NSW artists for the Arts NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) is also currently at Artspace, Woolloomooloo, until 10 December 2016.

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Published: 2 December 2016