2016 Artist Awards


The 3rd annual GSPF Artist Awards, presented in partnership with Walker Abercrombie, aims to support the artistic community and to continue the development of unique site-specific digital-media works.

Judges Choice Award
Prize: $750

Awarded for artistic and creative response to place and environment with innovative technique and application.

People’s Choice Award
Prize: $750
Audience members can vote online for their favourite GSPF 2016 project. 
Voting opens Friday 15 July, 6pm / closes Saturday 23 July 2016, 1pm

Please note: Projects that are eligible for these awards must be visible and accessible by audience members every night of the festival. Awards are presented on Saturday 23 July 2016.

Alison, Nigel and Lisa have been involved as judges for the past two years, 2014 & 2015 and individually and collectively bring a depth of knowledge and experience.

Alison Inglis is an Associate Professor in the Art History program at the University of Melbourne and the Co-ordinator of the Master of Art Curatorship course.  She teaches, researches and publishes in the areas of nineteenth-century British and Australian art; and the history of art museum collections and exhibitions.  Her current research projects include two ARC funded projects: Human kind: eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century British and Australian portraits in the National Gallery of Victoria; and Australian art exhibitions 1968-2014: a generation of cultural transformation.  She has a longstanding interest in museum culture in Australia and is on the boards of Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Duldig Studio.

Nigel Higgins is a senior manager with extensive international experience in the public and private, city making, urban design, economic development and environment sectors. He has managed and facilitated some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s key strategic policy and planning for urban centres, and public realm. Nigel is a Gertrude Street resident.

Lisa Fehily is a passionate, dynamic art collector who co-established Fehily Contemporary. Starting as a temporary space in an old warehouse in Melbourne city, the gallery has since expanded to a large, two-story premise in Collingwood, where 27 represented artists from Australia, New Zealand and the United States regularly produce innovative and challenging art. From its official launch at the 2010 Melbourne Art Fair, Fehily Contemporary has been dedicated to the exchange of ideas cultivated by art fairs in Australia and abroad. Fehily Contemporary is unique in its approach of making the inaccessible accessible while maintaining integrity and credibility. Fehily Contemporary works with collectors and the broader community to encourage participation in a supportive environment to excite and enthuse. Artists connect with collectors, collectors connect with curators and visitors learn to understand the art beyond hanging on the gallery walls. Fehily Contemporary believes that its artists contribute in a significant and meaningful way to a nuanced interpretation of today’s world.

Walker Abercrombie create, protect and enhance gatherings, and consider the people and places that support them. More than a production house or design studio, WalkerAbercrombie offer end-to-end management of projects that acknowledge gathering matters. As leaders in creative event strategy, design and dialogue their mission is to create, gather, organise and share ideas for successful event design and delivery.  Their vision is to create, protect and enhance places for people.

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