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2013 Maddocks Art Prize Announced

Kilmartin House Museum, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

Gertrude Studio Artist Ash Kilmartin has been awarded the 2013 Maddocks Art Prize which was announced at Gertrude Contemporary on Thursday 6 June.

Since 2005 Maddocks law firm has awarded the Maddocks Art Prize in recognition of the importance of studio residency in contemporary art practice. Maddocks invites participation from five shortlisted artists currently in residence at Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne) and five shortlisted artists from Artspace (Sydney).

The Maddocks Art Prize was judged this year by Mr Doug Hall AM, Mr Jeff Khan, Co-director of Performance Space, Ms Mira Gojak, winner of the Maddocks inaugural Art Prize in 2005 and Mr Mark Henry, Partner at Maddocks and Australian Commissioner, Venice Biennale 2013. The prize consists of a return air fare to Venice, accommodation in an apartment provided by Maddocks for a week during the Biennale and a stipend. The shortlist of Gertrude artists selected by Maddocks this year included Christopher LG Hill, Alasdair McLuckie, Eliza Dyball, Ash Kilmartin and Agatha Gothe-Snape.  Previous recipients from Gertrude Contemporary alumni include: Michelle Ussher, Richard Lewer, Benjamin Armstrong and Trevelyan Clay.

Ash Kilmartin's constructed sculptural works consider the nature of time, labour and value. Her works occur as semi-permanent alterations to space, or as temporary sculptural responses to their particular locations.

Kilmartin holds Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the Elam School of Fine Arts, the University of Auckland and the University of Melbourne. Recent solo exhibitions include Kilmartin House Museum, Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; The Perpetual Planner, RM, Auckland; STOP WORK, Y3K, Melbourne. Selected group exhibitions include Impossible Objects II, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne; HOUSE WEAR, State of Design Festival, Melbourne; Another Yummy Fantasy II, TCB, Melbourne.

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