2015 CAPO Award Recipients
Sculptor Peter Vandermark was presented with the 2015 CAPO Fellowship. Vandermark will be the 2016 CAPO Fellow. Peter intends to use his Fellowship Award to collaborate with Scott Chaseling to develop new ‘rococo cocoon’ sculptures, as well as to design and construct a 6m ducting periscope for the Contour 556 exhibition.
ROSALIE GASCOIGNE MEMORIAL AWARD
The Rosalie Gascoigne Memorial Award has been presented to joint winners Gary Smith and Denise Higgins. Smith and Higgins will use this Award to transform their installation practice into a leaner, less object-bound, but more fully immersive experience. Emphereata, their next proposed installation work in CMAG’s Gallery 4 in 2016, is based on realising an ephemeral interactive projection space using aerogel technology to create light-capturing projection screens. The Rosalie Gascoigne Memorial Award is partly funded by Bates & Pickering.
SYLVIE STERN MEMORIAL AWARD
The winner of the inaugural Sylvie Stern Memorial Award was Geoff Page, who will use this Award to fund the running of poetry readings at The Gods Café & Bar in 2016.
MACQUARIE WEALTH AWARD
The Macquarie Wealth Award was given to Mariana Del Castillo. Mariana’s award helps her secure funding for a number of neons suspended within metal armatures, which will be a central component for her 2016 solo exhibition A Fugitive Faith at Canberra Fitters Workshop.
BELCONNEN ARTS CENTRE INCLUSION AWARD
The inaugural Belconnen Arts Centre Inclusion Award went to Moira Nelson. Moira will use the funding and resources provided by this Award in her creation of Same, Same and Different, a collaborative artspace for the creation of portraits that demonstrate diversity in our community while teasing out our common threads.
CANBERRA WEEKLY AWARD
The Canberra Weekly Award was won by Harriet Schwarzrock. Harriet will use this Award to set up specific flame-working studio-glass equipment in order to capitalise on the sensual and inherently tensile qualities of flame-worked glass to create new work.
MACQUARIE TELECOM AWARD
The inaugural Macquarie Telecom Award went to writer Irma Gold. Irma will use this Award to volunteer on the Surin Project in Thailand as research for the next section of her novel.
URBAN PANTRY MANUKA AWARD
The Urban Pantry Manuka Award went to QL2 Dance, who will use the Award to host a residency for interstate male dance artists for choreographic development, and to work with male youth.
ECKERSLEY’S MATERIALS AWARD
The Eckersley’s Materials Award will allow Kate Stevens to produce a new series of paintings based upon images from cyberspace, looking at our rapidly changing “world view”.
WORKPLACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATES AWARD
The Workplace Research Associates Award went to Rosalind Lemoh. Rosalind will be using this Award to create a major body of new sculpture for a solo exhibition Animal, Mineral, Vegetable to be held at ANCA in April 2016.
SAGE LEGAL SERVICES AWARD
The Sage Legal Services Award went to Maartje Sevenster to help fund the production of Coro. Coro will bring together Australian and Dutch musicians 400 years after Dirk Hartog’s landing in WA and perform Dutch Golden Age music for Canberra audiences.
Emerging Artists Awards
CAPITAL MAGAZINE EMERGING ARTIST AWARD
The inaugural Capital Magazine Emerging Artist Award was given to textile artist Tara Bromham. Tara will use the Award to assist in the production of the forthcoming exhibition Alchemy, a collection of work by Tara and glass artist Emilie Patteson. Both artists work to transform natural artefacts into objects of extraordinary delicacy and beauty.
CAPITAL INSURANCE BROKERS AWARD
The Capital Insurance Brokers Emerging Artist Award went to Larah Nott. Larah will use the Award to purchase a commercial rectifier and titanium sheet for the creation of new works to be exhibited at Atta Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand in March 2016.
NATIONAL PRESS CLUB EMERGING ARTIST AWARD
The National Press Club of Australia Emerging Artist Award went to Janet Angus. Janet will use funds from this Award to create multiple layered paintings of constructed worlds, suggestive of emotional states, often referencing the coldness and isolation of Brutalist Architecture, whilst exhibiting a sense of grandeur.
MCGRATH WODEN EMERGING ARTIST AWARD
The McGrath Woden Emerging Artist Award was given to Kelly Austin. Kelly will use the funds from this Award to create new ceramic vessels for exhibition, as well as for the acquisition of basic studio equipment.