CAPO will hold the 4th CAPO Emerging Artists’ Prize event in winter this year.

The Emerging Artists’ Prize (or EAP) augments CAPO’s Auction Party to be held in November and has come into existence as a vehicle to promote emerging artists from the Canberra district. CAPO has a long history of supporting emerging artists but for some time has felt the need to provide them with their own space and their own exhibition, while continuing to support the wider arts community.

The recent changes at the ANU, combining Art History and Curatorship with the School of Art have given CAPO the opportunity to highlight and reward outstanding Art History graduates through the annual ANU Emerging Artists’ Support Scheme (EASS) awards. As a result, the CAPO Emerging Artists’ Prize will achieve dual goals, providing art historians the opportunity to curate a professional exhibition, while showcasing the overflowing talent within the Canberra region in an exclusive exhibition.

Gus McGrath

This year, CAPO has presented the CAPO Curatorial Internship Award to Art History and Curatorship graduate Gus McGrath. He received the award to curate this exhibition and $1000 at the 2017 ANU School of Art Graduation Exhibition. With CAPO’s mentoring, Gus will assemble the Emerging Artists’ Prize show. Look forward to more information on this page as the exhibition takes shape!

For a look back at how the CAPO Emerging Artists’ Prize came into being, here is Ellen Wignell’s 2015 essay “Drawing the lines for the CAPO Emerging Artists’ Prize“.