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Toyota Australia congratulates Julie Shiels, recipient of the $10,000 Toyota Community Spirit Artist Travel Award 2010
St Kilda visual artist Julie Shiels was announced the winner of the Toyota Community Spirit Artist Travel Award at the launch of the annual sculpture exhibition Of Snowflakes and Spacetime at the Toyota Community Spirit Gallery in Port Melbourne.
As the winner, Julie receives $10,000 from Toyota to travel to a destination of her choice, interstate or international, with the aim of enhancing her art and furthering her artistic career. Julie has chosen to spend six weeks in China.
“My time in China will support my ongoing future archaeology project and help develop a work titled New Machines, which is about invention and the creative urge,” says Julie.
Julie’s art work includes installation and photography. She also stencils abandoned furniture in the street with quotes, truisms and stories. Her work explores the way discarded objects can be reworked to capture narratives of contemporary life.
Julie says the ideas that underpin her practice are related to the ordinary objects that fill our daily lives. “Any exploration of a culture and its values starts with the stuff a society makes, consumes and throws away. To pursue my artistic career and to fully realise the potential of New Machines, a visit to the source of contemporary mass production - China - is a must,” Julie says.
Curator for Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Ken Wong, said Julie’s submission for the Toyota Community Spirit Artist Travel Award was compelling in that it was meticulously planned and strategic to her artistic pursuits and the professional development of her career. “This award is specifically designed to encourage artists to think deeply about where there artistic practice and career currently sits, and how a travel project can assist them to take a significant step forward ” Ken said. “Julie’s project in China works perfectly with her ongoing body of work exploring the notion of future archaeology as well as her strategic goals for her career,” he said.
The Toyota Community Spirit Gallery is a program of exhibitions that provide opportunities for Australian artists. The Gallery seeks to showcase artists from a wide range of backgrounds, and support and contribute to art in local communities. Artists who have exhibited in the Toyota Community Spirit Gallery exhibitions are eligible to apply for the Toyota Community Spirit Artist Travel Award.
Image above: Frieze fragment (detail) by Julie Shiels, Plaster and flock 2008, 200x100cm from the Flock project
Finalists Annnounced for the 2010 Toyota Artist Travel Award
Artists selected as finalists for this years award are: Marynes Avila, Tim Craker, William Eicholtz, Susan Frisch, Bonnie Lane, Carmen Reid, Julie Shiels and Jasmine Targett.
The winner will be announced at the opening of the 2010 Annual indoor outdoor sculpture exhibition on 27th October. For more details about the announcement Download invitation here
The following projects are proposed:
Artistic research in Argentina to visually document the work of the ‘Mothers of Plaza de Mayo’, the remarkable organization of Argentine women who became a worldwide symbol of human rights by marching peacefully on the site of the government house (Plaza de Mayo) every Thursday since 1977, to protest the disappearance of their children during the Argentine Army Regime. This research will be the basis of a new body of work to be shown as a series of photographs, drawings, short film and installations in future Australian and overseas exhibits.
This project is a tour to Turkey, lndia and Malaysia with artist’s residencies in each country to collect ideas and inspiration for new work based on pattern in everyday life. This will culminate in the execution of a commissioned work for a boutique art hotel in Georgetown, Penang. The focus will also be on developing new contacts with a view to future projects and exhibition opportunities and further developing my international profile.
To research and study cloud formations in Italian and French Baroque churches. I have been developing my figurative work in recent years using the ecstatic language of baroque ornamentation, with particular reference to altarpieces and abstract cloud and sunray formations. This natural development will only be facilitated fully by the opportunity to spend an extended period with this architecture and sculpture. In Australia, we have the European cultural heritage, but are not old enough for the history. Our identity is somewhere in between and this project addresses this dilemma.
This project will involve travel to Portland, Oregon USA and two interstate locations (NSW & TAS). lt will incorporate a series of glass workshops and conferences and an on-site visit to The Styx Valley in Tasmania. Here I will research, photograph, sketch and collect samples, this material will form the basis for my first solo exhibition, which will be completed at the end of the project.
To undertake professional and artistic training, development, and networking in New York City for a period of 3 months including an internship at Harvestworks Digital Media Lab, business training and networking courses at multiple institutions, and a Super8 film class at 3rd Ward Studio. The trip will assist with the development of my professional career through access and training with new equipment and tools including video, film and sound production and editing, whilst learning and working alongside highly regarded professionals accessing invaluable business skills and career advice and opening a new network of international contacts.
To combine contemporary and historical perspectives, my travel coincides with the Venice Biennale in Italy where I will also undertake a self-guided study of Baroque Rome and participate in a carving workshop in the marble quarries of Tuscany. Visits to London, Prague and Berlin will expand networks to initiate dialogue for future projects.
I would like to spend 6 weeks in China visiting Shanghai, Hong Kong and including an artist residency in Beijing researching a new project called New Machines. This project is about invention - the aspirations and inspirations but also the follies and failures that accompany the creative urge. New Machines will connect to China as one of the fastest growing engines of the world economy and also be a metaphor for the obsessive drive that compels artists to create
Life Support Systems: We Follow the Light. The purpose of this research project is to investigate the Earth’s life support system through a series of atmospheric, observational and scientific studies. We Follow the Light is based around a journey to follow the path of light that the sun travels across Australia from the easternmost point (153”38’ E) to the westernmost point (113”09’ E) in one day.
The Toyota Community Spirit Artist Travel Award project is mounted in consultation with the Australia Business Arts Foundation, Hobsons Bay City Council and the City of Port Phillip.