Prestigious Fellowship Awarded to Sydney Artist

Claudia Nicholson (Fellow), with her winning work, Don’t Let me Down, 2017. Image – Zan Wimberley

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin has named Sydney artist Claudia Nicholson as the recipient of one of the nation’s oldest arts awards.

The Sydney artist has won $30,000 as the 2017 Create NSW & Artspace NSW Visual Arts Fellow for emerging artists, which started in 1900.

The program funds a self-directed program of professional development over two years.

Claudia will travel to Mexico and the USA for three months, where she will attend various religious and secular cultural festivals to inform research of pre-Columbian ceramics and Chicanx art and culture. On her return she will work with Fairfield’s Spanish Speaking Choir.

Artspace Executive Director Alexie Glass-Kantor wished Claudia every success.

The Fellowship is chosen by a panel of industry peers chaired by Adam Porter, Curator Contemporary Visual Art for the Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Fellow shortlisted artists Fernando do Campo, Emma Fielden, Ashleigh Garwood, Spence Messih, Emily Parsons-Lord, Jason Phu, Shan Turner-Carroll and Louise Zhang were present at the opening.

The 2017 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship exhibition will run at Artspace Visual Arts Centre, The Gunnery, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo until 9 December 2017.

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Published: 13 November 2017