CAPO’s most prestigious award was presented to sculptor Alex Asch who will be the 2017 CAPO Fellow. Alex intends to use his Fellowship Award to collaborate with metal manufacturers and fabricators to build skills, develop techniques and create unique sculptural works for outdoor exhibitions.
ROSALIE GASCOIGNE MEMORIAL AWARD
The Rosalie Gascoigne Memorial Award has been presented to Dan Lorimer. Dan will use this Award to develop new large-scale sculptures that further investigate his use of hydroforming steel for exhibition at Contour 556 in 2018. The Rosalie Gascoigne Memorial Award is partly funded by Bates & Pickering.
ROBERT FOSTER MEMORIAL AWARD
The Robert Foster Memorial Award was presented to Niklavs Rubenis. Niklavs will use funding from this Award to create a body of work in conjunction with The Green Shed resource centre, and to video-document the process.
TALL FOUNDATION AWARD
The Tall Foundation Award was awarded to Michael Sollis. Michael intends to use this award to create “The Milk Carton Chronicles” for a percussionist creating recycled instruments live, with audio-visual documenting of the life cycles of recycled objects.
DIXON ADVISORY AWARD
The inaugural Dixon Advisory Award was given to Keiko Amenomori-Schmeisser. She will work with an indigo-dye master in Japan to create a new body of work for a solo show in Canberra in 2018.
BELCONNEN ARTS CENTRE INCLUSION AWARD
The Belconnen Arts Centre Inclusion Award went to Paul Dumetz. Paul will use the funding and resources provided by this Award to mount an exhibition and engage with the public by teaching and contributing to the Belconnen Arts Centre education program.
CANBERRA WEEKLY AWARD
The Canberra Weekly Award was presented to Sally Greenaway, who will use this Award to develop the script, dramaturgy and further documentation for a theatrical music work to make it more easily reproducible in a variety of situations.
MPS TRAVEL & TOURS AWARD
The MPS Travel & Tours Award was given to Emma Kelly. Emma will use the funding to compose a Concerto for violin, voice, musical saw and digital manipulation, to be performed on 10 mountain summits of the Bush Capital by day.
CAPITAL CHEMIST AWARD
The winner of the Capital Chemist Award was John Loane, who will use this Award to create a body of work in print on the subject of “our inability to hear whatever is odious…and pitiful in human nature” – François Bizot.
WORKPLACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATES AWARD
The Workplace Research Associates Award went to Chris Endrey. Chris will use the funding from this Award to support the touring of his 2017 solo album “Lost + Found” across Australia.
CANBERRA GLASSWORKS AWARD
The inaugural Canberra Glassworks Award was presented to Annette Blair. Annette will use the Award to support the development of a new body of work, resulting in a solo exhibition at Beaver Galleries.
URBAN PANTRY MANUKA AWARD
The Urban Pantry Manuka Award went to Anna Madeleine, who will use the Award to create a series of new virtual reality works, exploring current and imagined future mental states as influenced by new technology.
ECKERSLEY’S MATERIALS AWARD
The Eckersley’s Materials Award will allow Cat Mueller to represent ANCA Gallery at “HoBiennale 2017”, creating a large-scale airbrushed installation focused on colour, patterning and the perception of space.
MACQUARIE TELECOM AWARD
The Macquarie Telecom Award went to photographer Marzena Wasikowska, who will use the funding to travel to Norway in order to photograph Aurora Polaris and significant fjords and glaciers to complete work into sublime landscapes which engage with the discourse of climate change.
B2B MAGAZINE EMERGING ARTIST AWARD
The B2B Magazine Emerging Artist Award was given to sculptor Keith Bender. Keith will use the Award to construct a large scale sculpture made from corten steel to convey connection to the environment by using abstracted organic forms extrapolated from nature.
CAPITAL INSURANCE BROKERS AWARD
The Capital Insurance Brokers Emerging Artist Award went to Michele England. Michele will use the Award to create subversive quilts, quirky zines and graphic posters using screen printing techniques on fabric and paper, to be exhibited in 2018.
MCGRATH WODEN EMERGING ARTIST AWARD
The McGrath Woden Emerging Artist Award was given to Toby Graham. Toby will use the Award to create “Death’s Insta”, an Art Pop masterpiece that tackles the ethical questions faced by young Australians while merging Australian Art Music and Pop Music worlds.