Congratulations to Irianna Kanellopoulou, winner of the 2011 $10,000 Toyota Community Spirit Artist Travel Award
Irianna proposed to study and explore world renowned German and Austrian 18th and 19th century porcelain collections and investigate methods and techniques of exceptional porcelain manufactories which are not available in Australia. Her participation in specialised workshops and courses offered by highly regarded craftmasters will form the basis of a new body of work to be exhibited in Sydney 2013.
Irianna’s practice is largely involved with the creation of individual ceramic forms that create a narrative and explore issues of identity, displacement, unity and movement.
Using images and objects of our popular culture, she is interested in investigating issues of our emotional associations with everyday objects and memories. Irianna uses a combination of handbuilding and slipcasting techniques to explore the sculptural and plastic qualities of clay in a contemporary context. She is interested in merging traditional hand crafted ceramic techniques with new inter-disciplinary methods and processes to achieve a fusion of techniques.
Heidelberg Leader, 25 Feb 2012
Congratulations to James Tapscott, winner of the $2000 Toyota Community Spirit Encouragement Award
My current body of work explores the link between matter and energy, a fusion of subjective and objective reality, and the effect our perception has on the world around us. My works are essentially non-objective, functioning more like a conduit between the observer and the environment. By using simple, elegant forms and light I attempt to create a balance between displaying evidence of ritualistic artistic process, and purely natural phenomena - a balance that hopefully has some influence on the experience of the viewer / participant, as they themselves enter a state of cohesion with the environment. My work seeks to be energy efficient and environmentally sensitive. That, with its temporal, ephemeral nature tries to remind us of the similar traits our world expresses, something we are conditioned with ourselves also. It exists in time, perhaps more than in space, and lives on through its documentation. Like a memory of an event.
Finalists announced for the 2011 $10,000 Toyota Community Spirit Artist Travel Award
Congratulations to the 2011 finalists Santina Amato, Megan Evans, Irianna Kanellopoulou, James Tapscott and Rosa Tato.
The winner will be announced at the opening of the 2011 Annual indoor outdoor sculpture exhibition on 8th November. For more details about the announcement Download invitation here
2011 Finalists & Projects
My proposed travel project and itinerary is to spend three months undertaking an international artist-in-residence program at New York Art Residency and Studios (NARS) Foundation, U.S.A.
I wish to travel to America to continue my research and work on bees as a metaphor for social transformation. Humanbeeing is a project that explores the possibility of the superorganism through art. This opportunity would allow for access to artists, curators and beekeepers and specifically a residency at Dieu Donne in New York, which would forward my project and therefore my career.
I propose to study and explore world renowned German and Austrian 18th and 19th century porcelain collections and investigate methods and techniques of exceptional porcelain manufactories which are not available in Australia. My participation in specialised workshops and courses offered by highly regarded craftmasters will form the basis of a new body of work to be exhibited in Sydney 2013.
My project revolves around an exhibition that is to take place at 571 Projects in New York in September 2012. My project will also involve a residency at Point B artist studios in Brooklyn.
An international exhibition and residency will assist me towards practical, specialised research and professional development. Gathering of information relating to wallpaper making culminating in new works for an exhibition in Australia. Extensive research in France, Germany and China will greatly enhance my investigations related to objects and processes involved in the reconstructions of historic wallpaper.
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.