Owen Leong shortlisted John Fries Memorial Prize & Selected for La Trobe University Facade Project

We are proud to announce two wonderful achievements by Owen Leong Firstly Owen has been selected as a finalist in the John Fries Memorial Prize for emerging visual artists, an annual non-acquisitive award of $10,000. The competition is administered by Viscopy, Australia and New Zealand's not-for-profit rights management organisation for the visual arts. The prize has been donated by the Fries family in memory of former Viscopy director and honorary treasurer, John Fries, who made a remarkable contribution to the life and success of Viscopy. The JFMP Finalists' Exhibition will be held at Gaffa Galleries, Sydney from Saturday 11 August to Saturday 1 September. The winner will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on August 14 at 7pm. The finalists’ exhibition is curated by Venita Poblocki. The prize will be judged by Wayne Tunnicliffe, Head Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of NSW and artists, Bronwyn Bancroft and Kath Fries. For more information contact Viscopy  Aki, 2012, pigment print on archival cotton paper, 90x90cm Secondly, Owen's Tidal Skin proposal for the 2012/2013 Facade Project has been selected for The Visual Arts Centre Facade Project (VACFP)  Public Art Commission. This is conducted annually by La Trobe University and the City of Greater Bendigo. Watch this space for more news on the installation in August.