John Fries Award Open for Entries

Published by: Copyright Agency Communications | 17-Jan-2016
Emerging and early-career artists from around Australia and New Zealand are encouraged to submit a portfolio of their work for a chance to win the $10,000 John Fries Award. The Call for Entries for the John Fries Award 2016 opened at 8am AEDT on 11 January and will close at 12 noon AEDT on 22 February 2016. @viscopy #JohnFriesMemorialPrize

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.

Artworks may be created in any medium, including but not limited to: sculpture, performance, new media, photography, painting, drawing, installation, ceramic, object based, hybrid practices, sound based and conceptual works.

There is no entry fee for Copyright Agency | Viscopy members. Membership of Copyright Agency | Viscopy is free. Find out what it means to be a Copyright Agency | Viscopy member, or to sign up go to

Entrants who are not members of Copyright Agency | Viscopy must pay a GST inclusive and non-refundable entry fee of $35 AUD. This fee is payable by electronic funds transfer or credit card. The details of payment is in the online application form.

Curator and Exhibition Partner

Sydney curator, artist, writer and lecturer Oliver Watts will continue as the John Fries Award's Guest Curator for 2016. He will work together with the judges to select the finalists, whose work will come together in an exhibition at UNSW Gallery at UNSW Art & Design, the Award's presenting partners for the third year running. The John Fries Award continues to grow year-on-year, with 2015 attracting a record number of entries.

About the Award

The John Fries Award is an annual non-acquisitive award of $10,000 recognising emerging and early career visual artists. Since its start in 2010, it has become an established platform for some of the most engaging and experimental works from emerging artists across Australia and New Zealand.

The prize was established 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 the organisation.

About Copyright Agency | Viscopy

Viscopy was set up by artists for artists in 1995. Today, Copyright Agency | Viscopy advocates for artists' copyright and provides services that ensure artists are fairly rewarded for the reproduction of their work by issuing licenses and collecting fees on their behalf. In doing so, we aim to help build a more resilient creative economy where new artistic expression is valued and artists are acknowledged and financially rewarded for

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