Introducing: ACSA 2016 Major Travel Award Winners

For the first time ever, the Adelaide Central School of Art introduced the Major Travel Award to be presented to a student from the graduating class of 2016 part of the Sensory Narratives exhibition.

The inaugural award is a $5000 cash prize that’s awarded for the purpose of interstate or overseas travel in the next 12 months, and the 2016 award was presented to three students – Alycia Bennett, Cariad Kitchener and Bernadette Klavins. The school introduced this new award as it believes that travel is incredibly valuable to an emerging artist’s career development. After speaking with the three ladies, they’ve showed interest in making their way to either Japan, Iceland or Germany.

The award was co-judged by Rachel Kent, Chief Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and couldn’t have been viable without the generous donations from Alan Young AM, Director of Baker Young Stockbrokers (the School’s Chairman) and David Demasi, Director of DBD Group (the School’s accountant).

CLIQUE Mag sits down with the three winners to chat about their graduate works and plans for 2017 – including their overseas travel plans of course!

Bernadette Klavins

What inspired your graduate works that are part of the Sensory Narratives exhibition?
My graduate works emerged from my ongoing interest in geological processes, and the potential for non-human forces to become active in the making of artwork.  Through each of my works, I attempt to playfully engage with ideas of deep time and material transformation.

What techniques and mediums did you use to complete your graduate works?
My work is primarily sculptural, with each work developing as I glean materials such as rocks, timber and rainwater from local sites.  I use a variety of processes to make each work – including making slip-casts of rocks, or allowing materials to weather over a series of months.  This year I’ve become really interested in the activity of walking and how that also might become sculptural.

What did you find most valuable from studying at Adelaide Central School of Art?
Being taught by experienced practicing artists was incredibly valuable. They’re generous with their time and support, and really develop the strong sense of community that the school is known for.

What are your plans now that you’ve completed your studies at the Adelaide Central School of Art?
I plan to keep up a full-time studio practice, and I’m also aiming to undertake a residency overseas next year.

Where do you plan on travelling to with your award prize grant?
I’m very excited to plan a trip to Iceland, it would be incredible to make artwork whilst being surrounded by such an amazing landscape.

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Alycia Bennett

What inspired your graduate works that are part of the Sensory Narratives exhibition?
I wanted to create art that people can become a part of. Technology has always been an important part of my life. This led me to looked at the way surveillance is used within the public and private sphere and how that impacts the observed. One of my works Low-Vis is an anti-surveillance hat that aims to playfully obstruct CCTV cameras, giving privacy and empowerment back to the wearer.

What techniques and mediums did you use to complete your graduate works?
Through installation, participatory situations, sound and sculpture, I place the audience at the center of the artworks. Enclave is a directed audio walk which takes the audience out of the gallery and into public space. The participant downloads an audio track, meets at a predetermined address and is directed through the Adelaide CBD via narration. The gaze of the CCTV cameras are highlighted on the walk with a hope the audience will become more connected with their environment.

What did you find most valuable from studying at Adelaide Central School of Art?
The technical skills you learn in 1st and 2nd year is what brought me to Adelaide Central School of Art, which lead me to expand into a relational practice in 3rd year with video, performance and installation. There are many skillful and knowledgeable lectures at the school and the staff are very supporting in every aspect.

What are your plans now that you’ve completed your studies at the Adelaide Central School of Art?
I plan to go onto honours next year at Adelaide Central School of Art. I have applied for a show at Sister in Bowden for the first half of the year and hope to keep volunteering at Feltspace and hopefully at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Where do you plan on travelling to with your award prize grant?
I want to put the money towards attending the Venice Biennial & Documenta in Germany during my mid semester break in 2017.

Cariad Kitchener

What inspired your graduate works that are part of the Sensory Narratives exhibition?
I was interested by objects and things in my everyday surroundings, and through drawing rearranged objects into six different non-functional structures.

The animation video was a way for me to show these drawn structures playfully becoming each version or thing, as if they were searching for the ultimate functional form.

What techniques and mediums did you use to complete your graduate works?
I used graphite pencil on 1.5 x 1.5 metre paper for the six drawings, and stop-motion animation video

What did you find most valuable from studying at Adelaide Central School of Art?
Being mentored and supervised by the lecturers who are all practising artists and experts in their respective fields was incredibly valuable. The ACSA art family are a community of awesome people and amazing artists, so it’s great to have been studying with them as well.

What are your plans now that you’ve completed your studies at the Adelaide Central School of Art?
I want to get out there and gain more experience in the industry, and be involved in local and interstate projects. I also want to do more practical hands on stuff with pottery or sculpture, and experiment with different materials. I still want to learn more!

Where do you plan on travelling to with your award prize grant?
There are so many incredible residencies and art related opportunities in Australia and overseas so I’m a bit overwhelmed for choice! But I’ve been trying to narrow it down looking at particular residencies in Iceland, Italy and Japan.

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Applications for the 2017 Bachelor of Visual Art and Honours at Adelaide Central School of Art close this Friday, January 13. Find out more information here.

 

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