2017 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship 

Fernando do CampoEmma FieldenAshleigh GarwoodSpence MessihClaudia NicholsonEmily Parsons-LordJason PhuShan Turner-Carroll and Louise Zhang.

Image, from left: 2017 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship Finalists with Artspace and Create NSW staff, Create NSW Senior Manager Sector Investment (Arts) Sam Wild, Artspace Deputy Director Michelle Newton and Front of House Coordinator and Curatorial Assistant Lola Pinder, artists Ashleigh Garwood, Louise Zhang, Jason Phu and Emily Parsons-Lord, Artspace Executive Director Alexie Glass-Kantor, Fernando do Campo, Spence Messih, Emma Fielden, Shan Turner-Carroll, Claudia Nicholson, Artspace Curator Talia Linz and Create NSW CEO Michael Brealey. Photo: Maja Baska



Valued at $30,000, this Fellowship is offered by the NSW Government through Create NSW to enable a visual artist at the beginning of their career to undertake a self-directed program of professional development. With a 100-year history, the Fellowship is a key exhibition for profiling the dynamism and breadth of emerging contemporary artistic practice in NSW. Now in its 21st year at Artspace, it continues to define new generations of contemporary art practice for both artists and audiences.


Each year Create NSW convenes an independent judging panel of esteemed colleagues to determine the finalists, whom Artspace acknowledges for engaging with insight and passion in assessing what was again a highly competitive round of proposals.


Alexie Glass-Kantor, Curator Talia Linz and Curatorial Assistant Lola Pinder will undertake a series of studio visits with each of the artists as part of three months of curatorial development leading up to the exhibition. Of the nine finalists one artist will be awarded the Fellowship on the opening night of the exhibition, Wednesday 8 November, 2017.