Melting fridges, mysticism, microcosms and mandalas are all in Art & Australia Collection 2003 - 2013. The Art & Australia collection includes a variety of innovative contemporary works of art including video, painting, sculpture, light installation, sound art and photography. Throughout 2014, the Gallery will tour this exhibition to major regional galleries in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
The Art & Australia Contemporary Art Award was established by the respected art journal of the same name, to promote the work of artists from Australia and New Zealand. The award focuses on artists in the first five years of their practice, supporting them with a critical text discussing their practice and the illustration of the work on the magazines back cover. To date, the work of twenty-four artists has been acquired for the collection, which represents not only a diversity of art practice but also cultural perspectives within Australian art today.
Since winning the award and entering the collection, many of these artist’s careers have flourished – Del Kathryn Barton: 2008 Archibald Prize winner and Jonathan Jones: 2012 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, National Indigenous Triennial Canada to name a few.
In partnership with Art & Australia, Newcastle Art Gallery will tour this exhibition nationally in 2013-14.