Young artists stand to benefit from a new annual prize created by Melbourne music and art festival Sugar Mountain and its home, Melbourne University’s Victorian College of the Arts.
The Sugar Mountain Art Prize will be awarded to an outstanding student from VCA’s graduating class. They will receive a place on the following year’s Sugar Mountain line-up and be given the opportunity to work with renowned curators to produce a large scale work for the festival site. They will also receive $7,500 to cover their costs and support them in their early days as a professional artist.
The 2016 Art Prize judging and curation panel is made up of Melissa Loughnan, director of Utopian Slumps; Simon Maidment, head curator of the National Gallery of Victoria; and Pete Keen, creative director of Sugar Mountain.
“This isn’t about showcasing tomorrow’s potential greats. It’s an opportunity to shine a light on Melbourne’s great young talent of today,” says Keen.
“Making art work with Sugar Mountain is a tremendous opportunity for our students and a logical progression for the VCA’s partnership with the festival,” says Professor Su Baker, VCA director.
The inaugural winner of the Sugar Mountain Art Prize will be announced in November, and will feature at Sugar Mountain 2016.
Next year’s full Sugar Mountain line-up will be unveiled in the coming weeks – check out a highlights reel from last year’s festival above.