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Emerging Artist Award 2023

12 December, 2023 - 23 December, 2023

Submissions are now closed
Exhibition runs 12 – 23 December 2023

Tuesday – Friday: 12pm – 7pm
Saturdays: 12pm – 4pm
admission: Free

fortyfivedownstairs presents the eighth annual Emerging Artist Award 2023.

It is a pleasure to announce that fortyfivedownstairs is once again be filled with the work of emerging artists for a multi-disciplinary exhibition that explores our engagement with the natural and built environment, interrogates familial relationships through sensory experiences, and challenges our very sense of identity.

fortyfivedownstairs is proud to announce the finalists for the eighth annual Emerging Artist Award:
Aida Abbasi, Alex Slattery, Angela Mezzatesta, Arthur Foulkes, Ben Davis, CJ Starc, Daria Erskine-Lily, Declan Monaghan, Drey Willows, Emily Norton, Felise Lyon, Fiona McDonald, Harrison Bishop, Holly Hunt, Izzy Faith V, Jooyun Lim, Justyne Allen, Juyeon Kim, Kat Vonic, Lala Zarei, Lea Rose, Lucas Jennings, Ming Liew, Ryan Pola and Vivian Qiu

A $3,000 prize pool was awarded to two submissions that best aligned with the award criteria. The prize recipients were announced at opening night on Tuesday 12th December at 6:00pm. Special thanks to guest judges Heja Jung and Dr. Georgina S. Walker.

The First Prize of $2,000 was awarded to Ming Liew for his artwork How Will I Remember?

The Second Prize of $1,000 was awarded to Angela Mezzatesta for her artwork STRATA

The People’s Choice Award was awarded to Lala Zarei for her artwork I have a voice to be heard; An art project to investigate the female singing ban in Iran. The winner is the recipient of a $250 prize pack of artist supplies that has been kindly sponsored by Jasco.

A big congratulations to all the artists for their outstanding contribution to fortyfivedownstairs, and we wish them all the best for their future artistic careers!

The Emerging Artist Award at fortyfivedownstairs is a proven catalyst for ongoing recognition and professional development and allows audiences the privilege of accessing early-career works by exciting emerging artists.

The Emerging Artist Award 2023 is proudly supported by Future Leaders, Bambra Press and Cloudwine Cellars.

CLICK HERE to listen to a radio interview with first prize wiinner Ming Liew and fortyfivedownstairs gallery manager Lachlan Sutherland on Triple R’s program, Blindspotting, discussing the exhibition.

Image Credit: EAA 2022 Winner Madeleine Joy Dawes, In My Mind (the voices that tear me apart) (detail), fibre tipped pen on cotton paper, 76.0 x 56.0 cm.




12 December, 2023
23 December, 2023
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