Friday 22 March 2019
Two of Australia’s most talented contemporary visual artists have been awarded the 2019 Maddocks Art Prize.
Anna McMahon (ACT/NSW) and Zoë Croggon (Victoria) were last night named the winners of the biennial prize, which forms an important part of Maddocks long-standing support of Australia’s representation at the Venice Biennale.
Anna McMahon works across site specific sculptural installation, video and performance. With a focus on collaboration and interdisciplinary practice, Anna explores a personal queer narrative through her work. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) at Sydney College of the Arts in 2010 and a Master of Fine Arts at Sydney College of the Arts in 2015. She has shown nationally and internationally in solo, group and curatorial projects in various galleries, including at MOP Projects in New South Wales, Clearview Ltd in London and the Open Source Gallery in New York.
Zoë Croggon is a Melbourne-based artist who works with sculpture, video, drawing and primarily, collage. Her practice considers the relationship between the kinetic body and its surroundings. Zoë has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts with First Class Honours. She has held solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, Gertrude Contemporary, Peckham 24 (London), Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and the Perth Centre for Photography.
First awarded in 2005, the Maddocks Art Prize is presented to two contemporary visual artists from ACT/New South Wales and Victoria. Each winner receives a return airfare to visit the Venice Biennale to further their networks and build industry connections with the international arts community, six nights’ accommodation and a cash prize.
Maddocks partner Mark Henry said the Maddocks Art Prize once again attracted an outstanding field of artists.
‘The aim of the Maddocks Art Prize is to support emerging and mid-career artists and provide them with the platform to inform their practice against a global context,’ Mark said.
‘We are proud to provide Anna and Zoë with the opportunity to be inspired by the artists and the work on display at this year’s Venice Biennale.’
Past winners of the Maddocks Arts Prize include James Nguyen, Noriko Nakamura, Mira Gojak, Benjamin Armstrong, Richard Lewer, Trevelyan Clay, Justene Williams, Ash Kilmartin and Will French.
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