Brock Q Piper, Winner of the 2021 VAS George Hicks Foundation Contemporary Exhibition Award for $5000.
Brock Q Piper with his winning artwork titled 'The Hypnotist', Oil on Canvas
Brock Piper teaches a mixed media class at the VAS Art School. To learn more about his class, click here:
Brock Q Piper's work is held in private and commercial collections throughout Australia and the United States.
With over 16 years studio and professional experience along with formal training in the fine arts, Brock is knowledgeable about both historical and contemporary practices.
Left: Brock Q Piper, Winner of the 2021 VAS George Hicks Foundation Contemporary Exhibition Award with the sponsor Ian Hicks AM, Chair of the George Hicks Foundation at the Awards presentation
The VAS Contemporary Exhibition Award for $5000 is sponsored by the George Hicks Foundation.
The late George Hicks, VAS Member and exhibiting member, was awarded Life Membership of the Victorian Artists Society in 1979. Mr Hicks' name appears on the Victorian Artists Society Honours Board.
Mr Hicks was a major sponsor to the Victorian Artists Society for the Applied Chemicals Award 1968–1988, the VAS Winter Exhibition 1968–1979, the VAS Spring Exhibition 1981–1987, and the VAS Collectors Exhibition in 1980.
Last night the Victorian Artists Society officially opened the 2021 VAS George Hicks Foundation Contemporary Exhibition and presented awards to the following VAS artists.
The winner of the 2021 VAS George Hicks Foundation Contemporary Exhibition was Brock Q Piper for the artwork titled 'The Hypnotist.'
Highly Commended Awards in the Exhibition were presented to the following artists: Ottavio Boron VAS, Ann Capling, Louise Foletta, Nathan Moshinsky VAS, Heather 'Zulu' Towns, and Ulrike Zimmermann.
The 2021 VAS Contemporary Exhibition Sculpture Award was presented to Ivana Maric.
Sculptor Claudine Top VAS received the Highly Commended Award for Sculpture for the VAS Contemporary Exhibition.
The Judge for the VAS George Hicks Foundation Contemporary Exhibition was Curator Rebecca Agnew.
Rebecca Agnew is a Curator, writer and artist who who lives and works in Melbourne. In 2004 she completed a Bachelor of Fine Art in NZ before relocating to Australia and completing a Master of Fine Arts, VCA, University of Melbourne, in 2012. In 2015 she was awarded the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship. Agnew was a Studio Resident at Gertrude Contemporary in 2018–19 and in 2013 was commissioned by Artbank for their permanent collection. She has led Animation Workshops for the Triennial, NGV, and previously received an ArtStart from the Australia Council, 2014.
Recent exhibitions include Alice Prize exhibition, 2020 Artbank, The Four Letter Word, Curated by Sophia Cai, FJORD, Pennsylvania, USA, Waaw Gallery, Saint Louis, Senegal; Immaterial, Articulate Project Space, Sydney; Interior 2.1 (TRAMA Centro), Guadalajara, Mexico and Video Arte Australia Nueva Zelande, M100, Santiago, Chile. Agnew had recent residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Vermont and at Varda, California before starting as a curator at Fox Galleries.
Left: Ottavio Boron VAS, Highly Commended Award; Nathan Moshinsky, Highly Commended Award; Louise Foletta, Highly Commended Award; Ulrike Zimmermann, Highly Commended Award;
Sponsor Ian Hicks AM, Chair of the George Hicks Foundation;
Eileen Mackley AM VAS FVAS, President of the Victorian Artists Society;
Ivana Maric, Winner of the 2021 VAS Contemporary Exhibition Sculpture Award;
Claudine Top VAS, Highly Commended 2021 VAS Contemporary Exhibition Sculpture Award and
Ann Capling, Highly Commended Award.
The VAS Team involved in the development of the VAS 150th Book
Left: Sheryl Cole, designer for the VAS 150th book; Rosemary Noble, Editor of the VAS 150th book; Eileen Mackley AM VAS FVAS, President of the Victorian Artists Society; Anne Scott Pendlebury Hon FVAS, Contributor.
Top row: left: Hylton Mackley AM, Treasurer, Victorian Artists Society; Clive Sinclair FVAS, and Graeme Williams OAM, Contributor.
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