IGNITING COURAGE AND SUPPORTING NEW THINKING IN ART
igniting courage and SUPPORTING fresh thinking in art
2019 RECIPIENT OF THE GEORGES MORA FELLOWSHIP
Ruth was born in Munich, Germany and holds an MFA from Bard College, New York and a BA (Hons.) from The Slade School of Fine Art, London. Her artistic practice encompasses photography, video and print.
During her Fellowship, Ruth will develop new audio-visual material working with the concept of 'magic', drawing inspiration from the collections at State Library Victoria. Combined with a personalised database of images, video and sound, this material will be the basis of a new time-based artwork entitled Reality Is Only A Word.
Ruth's interest in magic lies in its disruption of logical sense patterns, and in its potential to offer alternative modes of being in and experiencing the world. As part of her research project, she will also produce a stand-alone printed work to be included in the State Library Collection.
Jude Walton's work spans site-specific, installation, and screen-based practice. She has directed solo and group works in art galleries and specific sites in major cities across Australia and overseas. Her practice is at the edge of the ephemeral and the material, in which the performances create visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic environments that invite experiential, embodied responses from the viewer.
Recent practice has focused on the process of 'response-to-site' initially developed during a CultureLab residency at the Meat Market, North Melbourne with Structural Adjustments (2007) and continued with Lehte // (2015) at Heide Museum of Modern Art, and The Drill Hall Project (2017/18) at the Drill Hall, CBD Melbourne. All are concerned with the formulation of new discourses around the intersections of spatial practice, live bodies, sound and installation. In 2010 a list of positive things for later when things may not be so positive, a collaboration with Aleks Danko, was presented in the Adelaide Botanical Gardens, as part of DUETTO, Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF), Adelaide.
In 2009 she was resident artist at the International Centre for Fine Arts Research, London as part of the 'From Scratch' festival at The Drawing Room, Tannery Arts, London exploring the legacy of British composer Cornelius Cardew.
As part of her Fellowship project Jude presented a highly successful activated installation and performance 'Nadja-Léona' at the Alliance Francaise in Melbourne. Her project, based on the book Nadja by André Breton, focused on female muses and artists that were part of the early Surrealist movement in Paris. Jude continues her social and political artistic process with her new project, Muses.
Nadja and Breton masks, fountain at the Tuileries, France 2016
2017 RECIPIENT OF THE GEORGES MORA FELLOWSHIP
Catherine Evans is an internationally exhibited cross-disciplinary artist with degrees in science, Asian studies and photography, who currently based between Melbourne and Berlin.
Working across both photography and sculpture, Catherine’s practice incorporates everyday objects such as rocks, sticky tape and carpet, and through a considered, poetic approach, creates unexpected juxtapositions that allow the viewer an entry point into the work.
Her Georges Mora Fellowship project, The View from Mount Disappointment, is inspired by the English naming of the Victorian mountain by two explorers in 1824. Hamilton Hume and William Hovell made the difficult journey to the summit hoping to be rewarded with a view of Port Phillip Bay. However on reaching the top, the view was completely obscured by trees.
The View from Mount Disappointment will use this historical event as a poetic metaphor for how an individual today can look back critically on their homeland’s history, which is invariably affected by one’s personal experience and expectations.
James Geurts completed his Masters of Art at RMIT Melbourne in 2009 and has been producing large-scale, site and time-specific projects and gallery works in international contexts since 2002. Through critical investigation he draws out geographic and conceptual forms that are layered within sites of research. The artist examines how natural and cultural forces shape perception. Geurts works across the disciplines of sculpture, drawing, video, photography and Land Art.
Exhibitions include: National Gallery of Victoria; White Cube, London; Gemak, Den Haag Netherlands; Centre for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Israel; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; La Chambre Blanche, Quebec; and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
2018 Projects include: Seismic Field, exhibition, 21 November – 21 December, GAGPROJECTS/Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide; Geophony, public sculpture CATO Square Prahran Melbourne; Refraction Principle, public sculpture in the Derwent River, GASP (Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park) Tasmania; Drawing Origins, Synapse research residency with CSIRO and ANAT, November - January 2019; Floodplain, series of conceptually linked site works along the Birrarung (Yarra River) Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria- Ian Potter Centre Supported by the Georges Mora Fellowship, State library of Victoria, Melbourne Water, Australia Council for the Arts.
Drawing Horizon. Solar-light Installation. North Sea Satellietgroep. James Geurts, 2011.
Inez de Vega
2014 RECIPIENT OF THE GEORGES MORA FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP
Inez completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2011. She has exhibited across Australia, Milan, Paris, Chicago, Chongqing and Berlin. Recent exhibitions include Nervous Tensions, Careof Organization for Contemporary Art, Milan; The Act of Seeing, Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne, (2014); Portes Ouvertes, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; Dying Not to Be, Kings ARI, Melbourne, Kar Krash Karaoke, The Substation, Newport; Suite, Art Gallery of Ballarat, (2013); Locus of Control, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne (2012); Greener On The Other Side, International Video Art Festival, Chongqing, China, Hatched 2011, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (2011); Show VI, MMX Open Art Venue, Berlin, Germany (2010).
Inez is the recipient of the Art Gallery of NSW Moya Dyring Memorial Studio Scholarship 2013; the Australia Council ArtStart grant 2012; the Orloff Family Scholarship 2011; the Lionel Gell Scholarship and the Maude Glover Fleay Award 2010.
"Through a series of video productions over the past few years, Inez de Vega demonstrates that she possesses a distinct new artistic vision that is intense for its personal symbolism and narrative; that is strikingly imaginative and innovative in its idiom; and which - through its intelligent, passionate drama - makes undeniably commanding and compelling viewing." - Dr Edward Colless Author and Head of Critical and Theoretical Studies, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
Inez de Vega, My Father the Fool, 2011 Still from HD Video, 15:00min
Brook Andrew & Trent Walter Collaboration
2013 RECIPIENTS OF THE GEORGES MORA FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP
Brook Andrew challenges cultural and historical perception, using installation, text and image to comment on local and global issues regarding race, the media, consumerism and history. Apart from drawing inspiration from vernacular objects and institutional and found archive collections, Andrew travels internationally to work with communities and museum collections to comment and create new work relating to historical object display and perception.
Brook Andrew is represented by Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne & Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris.
Trent Walter is an artist and publisher based in Melbourne. His art practise interrogates the possibility of alternative narratives within a framework of the everyday through the re-imagining and/or remaking of existing objects and documents. Walter's publishing activity is focused on limited artists' editions under the imprint.
Brook ANDREW, 18 Lives in Paradise (the installation), 2011 Offset lithography on cardboard Dimensions variable Installation view Artspace, Sydney Photograph by Silversalt
Trent WALTER, Cover Version #3, 2013 Screenprint on Magnani Corona 310 gsm 96.5 x 69.5 cm Printed by the artist at Negative Press, Melbourne Photograph by Matt Stanton
2012 RECIPIENT OF THE GEORGES MORA FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP
Based in Melbourne, Linda Tegg completed a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2002, participating in the Parsons School of Design Program in New York from 2001-02. She competed a Master of Visual Arts in 2008 and a Master of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts 2010. Tegg has exhibited across Australia, Switzerland, Japan, New York, Mexico and The Netherlands. Recent solo exhibitions include; Choir, Centre Intermondes, La Rochelle, Goat Study Part 2, Square2 City Gallery, Wellington, 2013; Coexistence, MARSO Galleria, Mexico City, Goat Study, Utopian Slumps Project Space, Melbourne, 2012; Animal Studies, Alpineum Produzentengalerie, Luzern, Unknown Animal, Echo Galeria, Mexico City, 2011; Horse Video Study, Neue Gallery, Bern, 2010; Heart Rate Project, Kings ARI, Melbourne, Heart Rate Project, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia Project Space, South Australia, 2007; Selected group exhibitions include Black Box<>White Cube, The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Tree Line, Brisbane, 2011; Sub 12, The Substation, Worm Mountain, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, 2010; Self Timer / Dancer, Sutton Project Space, Enclosure, Alliance Française, Melbourne, 2009;
Linda has been selected as the Samstag Scholar for 2014 and was the recipient of the Georges Mora Foundation Fellowship 2012; the Australia Council ArtStart grant, the Arts Victoria International Exchange grant 2011, the KPMG Art Award 2010, the Australian Postgraduate award 2009-10, the Keith and Elisabeth Mudoch Travelling Fellowship 2009, National Gallery Women’s Association Postgraduate Encouragement Award, Alliance Francaise Award, Fiona Myer Award, ANZ Art Award People’s Choice in 2008. Tegg received an RMIT Travel Grant and John Storey Junior Memorial Scholarship in 2001 and was named Australian Student Photographer of the Year, AIPP in 2000.
"Linda Tegg's body of work is a prime example of the quest to discover new land and provoke new encounters between audiences, curators, and artists. We are convinced that we have to conduct our search in places far away from old patterns of thinking, so that we can change or break the established rules, the rules that led us to where we are now. That is exactly what Linda Tegg does." - Sandino Scheidegger Neue Galerie, Switzerland
Linda TEGG, Tortoise, 2013 Still from HD Video, 11:00 min
Linda TEGG, Choir, 2013 Still from HD Video, 07:00min
Choir is a two-part video work that focuses on the interplay between real and performed behaviour, as well as the struggle to find one’s own voice amongst others. Choir was produced during a residency at the Centre Intermondes, La Rochelle France, with the support of the Georges Mora Foundation.
2010 RECIPIENT OF THE GEORGES MORA FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP
Ross Coulter is a visual artist based in Melbourne who uses photography, video, painting, installation and sculpture to explore conceptual and material notions of levity and gravity. He recently completed a MFA by research at the Victorian College of the Arts.
As the recipient of the 2010-2011 Georges Mora Foundation Fellowship he undertook a project that involved the release of 10,000 paper planes into the Domed Reading Room of the State Library of Victoria. In 2011 Ross was awarded the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship and is currently a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary.
Ross COULTER 10,000 Paper Planes - Aftermath (2) 2011 type C photograph 156 x 200 cm (image and sheet)
Ross COULTER 10,000 Paper Planes - Aftermath (3) 2011 type C photograph 156 x 200 cm (image and sheet)
2009 RECIPIENT OF THE GEORGES MORA FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP
Philip Brophy has an extensive and accomplished history of art projects across film, video, sound, installation and performance with key interests in pop, sex and music. Brophy’s work often constitutes reworking pre-existing media, composing film, music and soundscapes, and mixing, mastering, installing and presenting audiovisual work in surround sound environments. Philip is also a highly regarded author and speaker who writes regularly for different publications as well as publishing books on audiovisual concepts through the British Film Institute.
Philip BROPHY, The Morbid Forest, 2013 Still from Video
2008 RECIPIENT OF THE GEORGES MORA FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP
Cyrus Tang's practice reflects sentiment of nostalgia through translation of disappearance into remembrance and fantasy. It reflects her examination of the paradox of reconstructing ephemeral mental images and sensations in permanent materials. Born in Hong Kong, Cyrus (Wai-kuen) Tang moved to Australia in 2003 and is based in Melbourne. She finished her Degree (Hons) of Fine Arts at Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne in 2004, and her Master of Fine Arts (Research) in Monash University, Melbourne in 2009.
Cyrus has engaged in many international residency programmes including Helsinki International Artist Program 2013, The National Art Studio in South Korea in 2012, Cite International de Arts, Paris in 2009 and The Banff Centre, Canada in 2008. Her work has been exhibited in Australia and various countries including Helsinki, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, France, Shanghai and Sweden. She is the recipient of the Skills and Arts Development 2011 and New Work (Emerging) Grant 2009 of Australian Council for the Arts, George Mora Foundation Fellowship 2008, Theodor Urback Encouragement Award 2004, and The National Gallery of Victoria-Trustee Award 2003.
“The Georges Mora Fellowship gave me the opportunity to develop my art practice and explore new directions. Support from the State Library of Victoria provided me with the time, space and resources to conduct my research and review my art practice. The residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris has been invaluable to my art career in that it encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and to draw inspiration from new environments. It also has greatly helped me build my networks.” - Cyrus Tang
Cyrus TANG, Crystal Day, strawberry and crystal, dimension variable, 2013 This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Cyrus TANG, Unknown, C-Print, 150 x 100 cm, 2012 This project was developed during the Australia-Korea Reciprocal Residency 2012. Australia-Korea Reciprocal Residency 2012 is a partnership of Artspace, National Art Studio, Korea and Asialink. It is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Korea Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
2007 RECIPIENT OF THE GEORGES MORA FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP
Trinh Vu works within a range of creative disciplines including painting, printing, and 3D spatial and structure. Trinh uses technology in creating artworks, however, she is not interested in computer calculations or mathematical formulae. Living in the age of User Interface technology we are able to operate machine and ultilise software programs without training and knowledge in computer science; we mostly make operational decisions. Over the past ten years Trinh has undertaken research and development of projects that investigate applications and influences of different reproduction technologies in contemporary art practices. She is currently researching characteristics and conventions in current technologies to explore new ways of seeing and representing our changing world.
In 2012 Trinh was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne and currently works in the Faculty of Art & Design at Monash University as a Senior Lecturer.
"Trinh’s sculptural works all have their foundation in the natural world, and while she clearly takes a realist approach to her subject matter, the eventual outcome is a long way away from traditional botanical illustration. Rather than attempting simply to imitate the natural form, she uses the organic materials as a starting point for a more complicated process of creative exploration." - Peter Anderson, Essay on the Blue Skies project
Trinh VU, Blue Skies, 2011 Installation at the State Library of Victoria photograph by David McArthur