Emerging Artist Award 



I had been volunteering at forttyfivedownstairs for almost 6 months when the galleries manager Briar Holt asked if I would be interested in helping with their second Emerging Artist award. I agreed and began a regular shift in the office. From mail-outs to media it was an incredible experience.  


Professor Alison Inglis, the head of the Curatorial department at Melbourne University, seemed the best fit for the role of judge.  She is on numerous boards and contributes an enormous amount of time to the arts and education in Melbourne. I was thrilled when she accepted. 


 The most memorable aspect of the night, besides the incredible work and enthusiasm of the artists present was the personal approach Alison added.  Despite time she had a specific comment to make and considered response to each student and the show as a whole which, I believe, made the night. 


fortyfivedownstairs and Future Leaders present the second annual Emerging Artist Award 2016.

A dynamic showcase of groundbreaking new works, the Emerging Artist Award 2016 brings together a selection of work from the best emerging Australian artists for a two week exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs.


A selection of artworks from artists between the ages of 18 – 30 have been chosen for a two-week exhibition from 21 June to 2 July 2016 at fortyfivedownstairs.

The Award provides a platform for emerging visual artists to exhibit their work in an environment that values and rewards originality in the visual arts. With $3000 of prize money on offer, guest judge Associate Professor Alison Inglis will select two submissions that best demonstrate originality and innovation.

At fortyfivedownstairs we showcase independent, experimental and thought-provoking visual art. The Emerging Artist Award 2016 is an opportunity to examine emergent trends in the contemporary art scene whilst allowing young artists to gain exposure in a professional setting and kick-start their careers.


Annabelle Aronica, Matthew Clarke, Sarah Coghlan, Daniel Emmerig, Ebony Fink, Camila Galaz, Liam Herne, Natalie Mather, Anna McDermott, Kari McInneny-McRae, Hayley Millar, Michael Simms, Merryn Sommerville, Louise Tate, Shaun Thatcher, Elena Valimberti and Jason Willers.


Annabelle Aronica

© 2018 by elizajanecoyle

Melbourne, VIC
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