Queensland New Media Scholarship

QAGOMA congratulates George Poonkhin Khut winner of the 2012 National New Media Art Award currently showing at GOMA until 4 November 2012. Khut’s winning entry Distillery: Waveforming 2012 consists of a clip-on heart monitor, tablet computer and a program that shows the viewer a visual interpretation of their beating heart. The work poetically explores the interactions between the mind and body; and art and science; by visually displaying the viewer’s heartbeat the work instantly responds to their changing reactions, creating a continuous biofeedback loop.

With only days to go before the close of entries to the Queensland New Media Scholarship — excitement is starting to build around the office as the last assortment of applications come in.

The prize is a substantial $25 000 towards professional development offered to a Queensland based emerging artist working in new media — the kind of opportunity that could launch an area of research, new body of work, or a whole career.

2010 Scholarship winner Claire Robertson recently told the Gallery that the “Award provided me with the incredible opportunity to study and live in New York, completing a portion of my Masters of Fine Arts degree at the prestigious Parsons New School of Design. At Parsons I have had the opportunity to study under world renowned artists in my field and collaborate with other emerging artists from around the world — and I will continue these projects when I return to Australia.”

The biennial award program comprises the National New Media Art Award and exhibition of shortlisted artists; as well as the Queensland New Media Scholarship for an emerging Queensland-based artist. The Award and exhibition showcase the work of leading Australian new media artists and the award-winning work by George Poonkhin Khut is acquired for the Queensland Art Gallery Collection.

Making an application is simple and easy. If you or someone you know is eligible to enter there is still time to think big and make a pitch to our selection committee: Suhanya Raffel, Acting Director, Queensland Art Gallery|Gallery of Modern Art; Amy Barrett Lennard, Director, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts; and leading Australian new media artist Daniel Crooks.

Read the background information, and download the form. Applications close this Friday 14 September 2012, so get busy and it could be you sending QAGOMA the postcards next year!