Anita Cummins wins Schenberg Art Fellowship at Hatched


Anita Cummins has won the $50,000 Schenberg Art Fellowship for recent art school graduates.

Cummins was selected from a field of 18 emerging artists who are exhibiting in the annual Hatched National Graduate Show at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA).

Anita Cummins, I got out of bed today, 2018. Photo by Aaron Christopher Rees.

The Monash University graduate took out the award with an installation of crushed Cheezels titled feelings and a large collage made from Cheezels boxes titled I got out of bed today. Both works were made in 2018.

This year the Schenberg Art Fellowship was judged by PICA’s director Amy Barrett-Lennard, Professor Ted Snell AM from the University of Western Australia, and curator and writer Alison Kubler.

“The artist’s clean minimalist approach is married with a visually enticing, olfactory and emotionally charged experience,” said the judges in a joint statement when they made the announcement on 3 May.

“The work triggers feelings of nostalgia and hunger in equal measure while revealing the artist’s marvellous ability to transform the status of a mundane junk food snack to that of an elevated art material, reminiscent of pigment.”

Now in its 10th year, the Schenberg Art Fellowship is made possible by the Dr Harold Schenberg Bequest.

Works by all 18 finalists are on show in Hatched National Graduate Show 2019 until 7 July.

Hatched National Graduate Show 2019
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)
4 May – 7 July

News Words by Art Guide Australia