Minister for the Arts Don Harwin has named Sydney artist Claudia Nicholson as the recipient of one of the nation’s oldest arts awards. The Sydney artist has won $30,000 as the 2017 Create NSW & Artspace NSW Visual Arts Fellow for emerging artists, which started in 1900. Minister Harwin opened the show and was impressed by the quality of the work.
‘’I am so pleased to be able to offer this support to Claudia who won the Fellowship against tough competition from other emerging artists,’’ he said. ‘’We have a thriving and diverse cultural sector in NSW and we want to do everything possible to provide opportunities for professional development and to showcase their work. ‘’Help for our emerging talent is a crucial part of ensuring a vibrant future for the arts in NSW.’’
The program funds a self-directed program of professional development over two years. Claudia will travel to Mexico and the USA for three months, where she will attend various religious and secular cultural festivals to inform research of pre-Columbian ceramics and Chicanx art and culture. On her return she will work with Fairfield’s Spanish Speaking Choir. Artspace Executive Director Alexie Glass-Kantor wished Claudia every success.
“This year’s finalists of the Fellowship and their approaches to contemporary art are representative of the bold spectrum of practice from artists in the breakthrough stages of their career,’’ she said. The Fellowship is chosen by a panel of industry peers chaired by Adam Porter, Curator Contemporary Visual Art for the Campbelltown Arts Centre. Fellow shortlisted artists Fernando do Campo, Emma Fielden, Ashleigh Garwood, Spence Messih, Emily Parsons-Lord, Jason Phu, Shan Turner-Carroll and Louise Zhang were present at the opening.