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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.

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Image: Damien Shen, Know yourself and you will win all battles (A Stone from Another Mountain Series), 2019, Etched tintype, 13 x 23 cm

Congratulations to represented artists Atong Atem and Damien Shen will be participating in the inaugural festival, PHOTO 2020. Running from 23 April to 10 May 2020, the theme for PHOTO 2020 invites artists, curators, writers and academics to interrogate the relationship between photography and truth in the post-internet age.

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Josh Muir, PSYCHOSIS, 2019, digital print on aluminium

Going Solo: First Nations recipient Joshua Muir will present a series of new works at the Bendigo Art Gallery in collaboration with digital animator Isobel Knowles and design consultancy Art Processors. His exhibition titled, What’s on your mind? investigates the role of digital media in shaping our current understandings of issues pertaining to the self and our natural world.

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Atong Atem, Adut, The Studio Series, 2015, digital print, 59.4 x 84.1 cm,  Edition of 10 + 2 A/P

We are thrilled to announce that the National Gallery of Victoria will be acquiring 5 works from one of our represented artists, Atong Atem. The works to be acquired are from her 2015 Studio Series. From this organisation, Atong’s works will become an integral part of the NGV Contemporary Australian Collection and be toured, or leased, to a large-scale network of regional and metropolitan galleries all across Victoria.

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MARS artist Cameron Robbins will be giving an artist talk this Sunday, November 17 at Justin Art House Museum.

Robbins will discuss his distinctive art practice and its relationship to light and nature. His artistic practice interacts with the environmental elements and forces – wind, oceans, magnetic fields and light – in the creation of his works. The discussion will focus on the movements of the planets, moon and sun and his use of various works from over the years to illustrate how observing the heavens gives us our sense of perspective.

  

To secure your booking please visit Justin Art House Museum website.

 

MARS is excited to present work by Josh Muir to coincide with his current exhibition at NGV Australia, ‘Josh Muir Animated’.

We are currently exhibiting a new body of work in the downstairs gallery. The full catalogue is now available to view online. 

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SEEKING FOUR ARTISTS FOR $10,000 PUBLIC ART COMMISSION

MARS Gallery is calling all artists to submit proposals for a public street art initiative proudly supported by the City of Stonnington Arts and Culture grant 2020. Clean up our Backyard is a not-for-profit initiative launched by MARS Gallery aiming to improve the street art around its home in Windsor, Melbourne Australia to commission four artists to each receive $10,000 to create a public art work. The unveiling of the project will be used to raise money for Skyline Education Foundation Australia, a charity that aims to facilitate education for talented young people who are financially and / or socially challenged. For this reason, we ask artists to present proposals that address concerns facing young people today.

 

With the commission MARS hopes to:

  • Improve the environment of an important shared public space
  • Bring people to the area
  • Attract tourists and contribute to the local economy
  • Encourage shopkeepers to take pride in local public areas
  • Create an enduring visual message addressing the issues facing young people across the world today

 

The chosen artists will also be available for outreach and fundraising events accompanying the project. We hope artists will be able to contribute ideas for engaging the public and raising money for Skyline Education Foundation.

 

How to apply:

MARS invites artists around the world to submit Expressions of Interest to take over one of four buildings belonging to local businesses. Participating businesses are included in the downloadable pdf document in the link below: 

 

Submission of Expressions of Interest is free. Artists must submit a written proposal by 10 November 2019 to alana@marsgallery.com.au. Proposals must include the following: 

  • An artist statement detailing the ideas of the project, bio and/or CV.
  • Project details including intended materials, size and how the project addresses the intensions of the commission (see bullet points above).
  • Visual mock-up of their work.
  • Examples of previous work (3 – 10 images).
  • Indication of a preferred area/ buildings of interest and reason for selection. See Information Pack (PDF document) in the link below. 
  • Preferred contact details


A panel of judges will select and announce the four successful artists by 22 November 2019

Each successful artist will receive $10,000 to realise the project and once completed, UV anti-graffiti finish will be applied to ensure the longevity of the works. Painting will commence on Tuesday 10 March 2020 with a maximum of 4 weeks realisation time. MARS will be happy to help artists find accommodation in Melbourne for the duration of the installation. 

There will be a launch event and fundraiser for Skyline Education Foundation Australia on Saturday 4 April 2020.

 

Clean up our Backyard Application Q&A:

Thursday 10 October from 11 am  

 

Additional project documents:

Clean up our Backyard Artists Brief (PDF DOWNLOAD) 

Information Pack (PDF Download)

 

We are delighted to be featured in ‘EZ Australia: The Art of Contemporary Luxury Magazine.’ The article, ‘Art Lives on MARS’ elaborates on ADA Consulting’s decade long experience in Public Art. As culture consultants, we are seeing now more than ever that public art commissions are underpinned with cultural narratives connected to a strong sense of place and community.

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Congratulations to Stephen Haley, Tony Lloyd and Sophia Hewson who have been shortlisted as a finalists for the R & M McGivern Prize 2019.

The R & M McGivern Prize is an acquisitive award and aims to promote artistic excellence in painting and build a high quality collection for the Maroondah region. The exhibition of finalists will be held across two venues, ArtSpace at Realm and Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery, Ringwood from 23 November 2019 to 2 February 2020.

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