The Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship supports a Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) graduate to continue the development of their practice through international travel. Drawing from the wealth of talent from recent graduates, Fauvette recipients and finalists include some of the most prominent contemporary artists in Sydney.
The exhibition showcases the finalists’ artworks across a broad range of media that challenges and explores the principles of contemporary art. The $28,000 prize is awarded based on an application and visual assessment.
The Sydney College of the Arts is the leading contemporary art school in the nation and envisions the Scholarship as a platform for the celebration of the innovation and skill of contemporary art practices.
Andrew Lavery, Chair of Department and Director of SCA said: “The Fauvette Loureiro travelling scholarship and exhibition has built a reputation for accelerating the careers of some of Sydney's most successful artists and continues to play a vital role in expanding contemporary art in Australia.”
“It achieves this through its support of a travel plan that incorporates in-depth research and skill-building at each destination, with these activities structured around the development of significant new work.”
The works within this exhibition hold all of the qualities for which SCA graduates are renowned –a distinct blend of research, conceptual development and meticulous production in the studio to realise new and challenging forms.
Congratulations to Chris Dolman who has won the The Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship for his work The Sun is Setting (and there is nowhere left to hide) 2019. Chris graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in (May) 2019.
Borrowing from the Western genre of cinema and literature, The Sun is Setting (and there is nowhere left to hide) is an installation of paintings and objects that plays out as a film set, with the sculptures and paintings appearing like stage props. The installation uses devices to depict the fragmented figure through a comical portrayal of the human subjects, exploring the human condition through non-traditional self-portraiture.
Chris plans to use the scholarship to research artist archives and major exhibitions of artists - including Otto Dix, Lyonel Feininger and Martin Kippenberger - who directly relate to his own practice and to partake in international studio residencies in Italy and New York.
Chris sees the opportunity to experience key artworks, archives and exhibitions as: “critical for my further development as a figurative artist exploring the human condition and the socio-political environments that affect it.”
“Congratulations to Chris Dolman. The Sun is Setting (and there is nowhere left to hide) is imbued with self-deprecating humour and sincerity, making it a powerful work that explores the human condition. Chris is a deserved winner,” said Liam Garstang, Gallery and Events Manager, SCA Galleries.
“Congratulations needs to also go to the finalists; the judging panel shortlisted the selected artists due to their uncompromising and highly individualistic approaches to contemporary art making. All of the artists communicated a powerful dialogue and exploration around the themes and conceptual ideas presented in the exhibition.”
Jackson Farley, Harley Ives, Markela Panegyres and Amanda Williams.
EXHIBITION DATES: 3 October – 2 November
OPENING HOURS: Mon – Fri, 11am – 5pm