CAPO held the third CAPO Emerging Artists’ Prize event at the Belconnen Arts Centre from 2nd June until 25th June 2017.

The Emerging Artists’ Prize (or EAP) augments CAPO’s Auction Party to be held at CMAG in September 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.

2017 CAPO Curatorial Internship winners, Emily Stewart and Clare Fealy

2017 CAPO Curatorial Internship winners, Emily Stewart and Clare Fealy

This year, CAPO has presented the CAPO Curatorial Internship Award to two graduates of the Art History and Curatorship degree. Clare Fealy and Emily Stewart received the award to curate this exhibition and $1000 each at the 2016 ANU School of Art Graduation Exhibition. With CAPO’s mentoring, both Emily and Clare assembled the Emerging Artists’ Prize show. They have designed an exhibition comprised of recent and new work by a group of recent ANU and UC arts graduates.

The CAPO Emerging Artists’ Prize opened at 5:30pm on Friday, 2nd June and guest speaker Charlotte Galloway announced the winner of the Emerging Artists’ Prize of $500 donated by CAPO from the 2016 CAPO Exhibition and Auction Party proceeds. This year’s winner was Monica Styles.

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“.