And the winners are…

Image: Tim O’Connor

Image: Tim O’Connor

Congratulations John Kaldor AM, Bill Henson and Daniel Boyd.

The Melbourne Art Foundation is pleased to present the 2015 Visionary Award to John Kaldor AM, the artist award to Bill Henson, and the inaugurul young artist award to Daniel Boyd.

The Visionary Award recognises the exceptional contribution of individuals and their demonstrated commitment to progressing the status of contemporary Australian art nationally and beyond. John Kaldor AM is a dedicated collector, patron and supporter of contemporary art. He has been collecting and commissioning art since the late 1950s, and since 1969 has shared his love of art with the Australian public through his series of art projects. In 2011, Kaldor donated his private collection of over 200 works to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, making it the most significant single donation of art to a public gallery in Australia’s history.

The Artist Award recognises the outstanding achievement of an Australian Artist for a comprehensive body of work. Bill Henson is an artist of ferocious integrity, a photographer of the human condition and an experimenter of remarkable skill and conviction. Henson’s work is to be found in every major public collection in Australia, as well as numerous overseas collections including Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

This year, the Melbourne Art Foundation augmented these prestigious awards with an accolade for a young artist. The Young Artist Award is bestowed on an artist under 35 and seeks to support the next generation of artistic practice with an international residency. Residencies offer a unique opportunity for cross cultural engagement and artistic mobility enabling artists the opportunity to extend themselves in different cultural environments. Daniel Boyd is an artist of considerable talent, with a deeply informed creative vision. Boyd, a proud member of the Kudjla/Gangalu people of Far North Queensland, is recognised for his interrogation of colonisation and Eurocentric perspectives on Australian history, and was recently included in the 2015 Venice Biennale All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor.

Rachel Ciesla