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Jonathan Jones has been honoured as the second annual Create NSW Visual Arts Fellow. The $50,000 award supports mid-career/established artists. Last year, the inaugural Fellowship went to Salote Tawale.

Jones was selected from a field of six NSW-based artists including Zanny Begg, Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, Eugenia Raskopoulos, Keg de Souza, and Justene Williams.

The Fellowship includes $30,000 from Create NSW, a major commission valued at $20,000 from Artbank, and a five-week long residency at one of the supporting NSW regional galleries: the Murray Arts Museum Albury (MAMA), or the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Arts Centre in the Northern Rivers.

Jones will work with Wiradjuri elder Uncle Stan Grant Senior on his Fellowship research project.

They have worked together previously, most recently on Jones’s 2016 Kaldor Public Art Project, barrangal dyara (skin and bones). Jones plans to research the Wiradjuri philosophy of galing (water). His site-specific project will focus on the Murrambidya (Murrumbidgee) river and will integrate interviews, soundscapes, drawings and locally sourced materials.

“Jonathan has a unique approach to his practice that forges a thoughtful connection between the cultural history of a site and his contemporary interpretation,” said Create NSW director of sector investment Sophia Zachariou. “Using this Fellowship, he has set out a very interesting program of development and along with our partner Artbank, I am excited to see where his journey will take him.”

Works by all of the shortlisted artists are currently on show in the 2018 NSW Visual Artist Fellowship Exhibition at Artbank in Sydney.

2018 NSW Visual Artist Fellowship Exhibition
Artbank, Sydney
26 October – 16 February 2018

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