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Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency is delighted to once again present the John Fries Award. This year the entries cover profound themes such as one’s place in connection to our peers, our land, and our shared political histories. From poignant moving image works, to performance and largescale paintings, the 2018 Award has brought together a truly talented group of contemporary artists who craft insightful stories about their experiences of place and identity. It is another proud milestone in the legacy established by the Fries family and the Copyright Agency to support the arts and the artists leading change in the way we think about the world around us. Copyright Agency stands up for artists, providing support through our licensing solutions, philanthropy, and advocacy for a copyright regime that benefits creators. We make sure artists receive a fair payment when their work is reproduced in print and facilitate resale royalty payments where their works are commercially resold. In 2018 we launched our inaugural Fellowship for a Visual Artist, a career-sustaining fellowship providing $80,000 for an artist to develop and create new work in any medium. Our Cultural Fund also continues to provide other essential grants for artists and arts organisations so that they have time and space to deliver new and meaningful works. I extend thanks to this year’s second-time John Fries Award curator Consuelo Cavaniglia for delivering the show. Thanks also to the judges Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Dr Mikala Tai, Shannon Te Ao and Kath Fries; to the John Fries Award team members Tristan Chant, Jenny Ryan and Stephanie

Young; and to Vivienne Fries, for all your hard work in making the show happen. 2018 marks the fifth year running in which we have presented at UNSW Galleries and, as ever, they have been a fantastic partner to collaborate with. My thanks go to José Da Silva, Karen Hall and the UNSW team as well. Take your time wandering this space. Absorb the questions and ideas that each work inspires. Most of all, enjoy. — Adam Suckling CEO Copyright Agency

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John Fries Award 2018  

The John Fries Award is an annual $10,000 art prize recognising the talents of early career visual artists. The Award has established itself...

John Fries Award 2018  

The John Fries Award is an annual $10,000 art prize recognising the talents of early career visual artists. The Award has established itself...

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