Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarships

2 October 2020
Art prize winners announced
Yasmin Smith and Kalanjay Dhir have been awarded the 2020 Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarships by the Sydney College of the Arts. These scholarships are awarded to an emerging and a mid-career/established artist who are graduates of the SCA.

The Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarship (FLMS) was established in 1997 through a gift from the estate of Renee Fauvette Erdos, an educator and founder of the History Teachers' Association of NSW, to support graduates of SCA through travel bursaries.

In 2020, the scholarship was expanded to include two categories (emerging and mid-career/established), in recognition of the potential this kind of support has to progress an artist’s career at various stages of their practice.

Andrew Lavery, Chair and Director of the SCA, said of this year’s FLMS: “After 27 years supporting Australian artists, it was quite amazing to receive so many high quality applications. The finalists can best be described as rigorous, conceptually rich and creative; a cross section of SCA alumni that provide valuable insight into the courage, depth and resilience evident in the visual arts sector more broadly.”

WINNER – mid-career/established artist ($20,000 prize)

Congratulations to Yasmin Smith who has been awarded the 2020 Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarship for her work, Flooded Red Rose Basin, 2018.

Yasmin will use the Scholarship funding to present at the 'Rethinking Nature' conference, being held at the Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples, in early 2021. Yasmin will also conduct a period of self-directed research, travelling to power stations in QLD, NSW, VIC, SA and WA to collect material to utilise in the creation of a new body of work to be exhibited in late 2021.

The judges said of Yasmin’s selection: “We were particularly impressed by how Yasmin employs the medium of ceramics to investigate larger ideas and concepts relevant to broader society. Her timely, well resolved proposal builds on a deeply layered practice that is both community engaged and site specific; embedding her objects with indicators of history in the creation of ‘future relics’. We look forward to seeing the outcomes of her travel and research funded by the Scholarship.”


WINNER – emerging artist ($10,000 prize)

Congratulations to Kalanjay Dhir, who has been awarded the Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarship  for his work, Immersion: Parra River Patch, 2020.

In addition to supporting Kalanjay’s first exhibition in Melbourne, the Scholarship will support his travel to Indonesia and research into the Medang and Majapahit maritime empires, leading to his development of a film script and video work based on the medieval history of the Asia-Pacific region.

The judges said of Kalanjay’s selection: “Kalanjay demonstrates a unique and progressive conceptual approach to his work. His approach incorporates tropes drawn from a popular culture narrative, to position cultural and historical practices within contemporary critical discourse. Humorous and engaging yet rigorous and well-resolved, his already strong creative practice will undoubtedly grow as a result of the opportunities afforded by this Scholarship.”

The judges of this year’s Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarship are Clothilde Bullen, Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; leading Australian contemporary artist Sarah Contos; and Andrew Lavery, Chair and Director of Sydney College of the Arts.

Some of the recipients of past Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarship include: Chris Dolman (2019), Penelope Cain (2018), Nick Dorey (2017), Biljana Jancic (2016), Julian Day (2015), Jonny Niesche (2014), Vicky Browne (2013), Mark Shorter (2012), Alanna Hunt (2011) and  Justene Williams (2010).

2020 Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarships Finalist Exhibition

Artists include Kate Brown, Cybele Cox, Kalanjay Dhir, Harley Ives, Claire Milledge, Mel O’Callaghan, Honora Ryan, Huseyin Sami, Yasmin Smith, Kai Wasikowski and Zan Wimberley.

EXHIBITION DATES: 2 October – 13 November 2020
Access to the exhibition is by appointment only, Monday – Friday, 11am – 5pm.

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