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Shevaun Wright | JOHN FRIES AWARDS 2020

Image: Shevaun Wright, Blackface, 2018, silk screens on Arches paper, Exhibition ‘Apologies’, MARS Gallery

Congratulations to Shevaun Wright who has been selected as a finalist for the John Fries Awards 2020.

The John Fries Award is an annual $10,000 non-acquisitive art prize recognising the talents of early career visual artists.

The winner of the award will be announced on 25 September 2020 at the UNSW Galleries, kicking off a month-long exhibition from 25 September to 21 November.

Since its humble beginnings in 2010, the Award has established itself as a platform for some of the most engaging and experimental works from the next wave of contemporary artists from across Australia and New Zealand.

Shevaun is a lawyer and artist who is primarily engaged in an interdisciplinary practice that utilizes the contractual medium and notion of the ‘social contract,’ as well as re-contextualised dialogues as a tool for engaging in institutional legal and artistic critique. Informed by her Aboriginal heritage, she aims to extrapolate feminist and post-colonial critiques of the law and art as a means to access and reveal similarities in their discursive practices. She has masters degrees in law and art, and is currently undertaking an MFA at UCLA in Professor Mary Kelly’s Interdisciplinary Studio.