Yhonnie Scarce has been awarded the second Yalingwa Fellowship, an initiative designed to foster career development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual artists living and working in Victoria. In addition to a $60,000 grant, Scarce will have the chance to work with Stacie Piper, First Peoples curator at TarraWarra Museum of Art.
Yalingwa is a partnership between the Victorian Government, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and TarraWarra Museum of Art. Scarce was selected through an open call for expressions of interest.
The panel who chose the winner issued a joint statement: “The Yalingwa Advisory Group recognises Yhonnie’s enormous contribution to the First Nations arts community as an artist, mentor and teacher, and her unique approach to the use of glass blowing in her practice. The panel highlighted Yhonnie’s courageous, politically driven yet deeply personal storytelling as highly significant, particularly the innovative ways in which she addresses some of the turbulent and rarely discussed sides of our history.”
A Kokatha and Nukunu woman, Scarce was also recently awarded the National Gallery of Victoria 2019 Architecture Commission and her massive outdoor installation, In Absence, made collaboratively with architecture firm Edition Office, can be seen at NGV International until April 2020.
Known primarily for her work with glass, Scarce won the 2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award (ICA) with a piece which included both porcelain and glass. In 2018 Scarce was also awarded a Kate Challis RAKA award through the University of Melbourne.