Following a successful first year, William Grant & Sons have once again opened up submissions from the 2016 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize to Australia, highlighting the iconic distillery’s commitment to the arts and the community which has made Glenfiddich one of the most iconic Whiskies in the world. While only it’s second year in Australia, 2016 will mark fifteen years of the program which awards winning artists a residency prize of $21,000, where they work and live for a period of three months (between April and October 2017) at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland.
Being a rather open arts competition, the call is being made for any and all Australian artists to enter using any medium that they choose, whether it be print, photography and animation, or performance and installation. The winning artist from this pool of submissions will create work during their aforementioned three month residency taking inspiration from the distinctive location, history, heritage, people, and craftsmanship of the distillery and its locale.
A panel of judges, all of whom have sat on the Advisory Council for the 2015 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, will select five finalists from all submissions, who will then have their work showcased at a Glenfiddich pop-up bar that will be set up at Melbourne’s No Vacancy gallery from 8th to the 13th of November of this year. Guests who attend this exhibition and bar will be able to join the Glenfiddich Explorers Program – a collective of Whisky enthusiasts offering numerous benefits at Glenfiddich events – and vote for their favourite piece of art.
The overall winner will join a program that has seen over 100 artists from 18 countries take part in residency programs, following in the footsteps of 2015 Australian winner Joan Ross, who was selected for her carefully composed works in both print and video.
Entries for the program officially close on 16th August of this year, and finalists and then announced on 16th September. A winner will be announced on 18th November following a final tally of votes and last round judgement by Artist in Residence Program Curator Andy Fairgrieve.
For more information on the competition and how to enter click HERE.
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