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John Fries Award 2020

Entries close 5pm Monday, 30 September 2019
More info and entry at CopyrightAgency

John Fries Award 2020

The John Fries Award 2020 for early career artists is a non-acquisitive award of $10,000 with finalists receiving an artist’s fee of $1000 each. It is an exciting opportunity for artists working in all media from painting to conceptual art, from performance to photography, and aims to encompass the multiplicity of contemporary practice.

The Award has been generously donated by the Fries family in memory of former Viscopy director and honorary treasurer, John Fries, who made a remarkable contribution to the life and success of Viscopy.

Since mid-2012, the Award has been managed by Copyright Agency. The John Fries Award 2020 will be presented at the UNSW Galleries in Paddington, Sydney as part of our ongoing partnership with UNSW Art and Design.


Copyright Agency

Copyright Agency advocates for artists' copyright and provides services that ensure artists are fairly renumerated for the reproduction of their work by issuing licences and collecting fees on their members’ behalf.  In doing so, we aim to help build a more resilient creative economy where new artistic expression is valued and artists are acknowledged and financially rewarded for their work.

Membership is free




Entry is open to artists of all ages and disciplines (members and non-members of Copyright Agency) who:

  • Are Australian or New Zealand citizens or who are resident in Australia or New Zealand

  • Identify as an early career artist


Entry requirements

Artists are required to submit:

  • A portfolio of five works created over the past three years, which demonstrate a current commitment to developing a professional artistic practice.

  • An artist’s CV.

  • An artist’s statement (please be sure to make reference here to the key concerns of your current practice)

Later Event: 30 August