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The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists

Press release September 12, 2018 Sydney Unsw Artist Scholarship

UNSW Galleries presents The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists

Sydney, Australia: UNSW Galleries is pleased to present The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists, featuring works by the 2018 recipients, Lu Forsberg, Caroline Garcia, Mimi Kind, Jimmy Nuttall, and Shireen Taweel alongside works by 2017 recipients Alice Couttoupes, Brigitte Hart, Olivia Koh, Anna McMahon and Georgia Saxelby.

The exhibition opens on Friday 28 September 2018, 6-8pm. The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship supports artists to develop their practice through study, residency or mentorship.

Since its inception in 2000, the scholarship has enabled over 85 emerging artists to expand and enrich their studio practice in Australia and abroad.


The 2018 exhibition has been curated by Yarran Gatsby, who received a Curatorial Scholarship from The Freedman Foundation through UNSW Art & Design’s Masters of Curating and Cultural Leadership program.

He says, ‘This year’s exhibition engages with a variety of materials, possibilities and ideas, capturing a moment in which the profoundly austere and the willfully playful come together like a string of multifarious narratives.’


Caroline Garcia (NSW) works across live performance and video through a hybridised aesthetic of cross-cultural dance, ritual practice, new media, and the sampling of popular culture and colonial imagery. Garcia will travel to New York to undertake a Master of Fine Arts program at the Parsons School of Art and Design.

Lu Forsberg (QLD) will travel to Garpenberg, Kiruna and Aitik on a self-directed research project examining contemporary Swedish mining methods and mine rehabilitation. Forsberg uses video, assemblage and Geo browsers to explore the nexus between environmental, social and economic systems.


Mimi Kind (NSW) works with kinetic and sound sculptures. Kind will travel to Bern, Switzerland for a nine-month internship with leading kinetic sound installation artist, Zimoun.

Jimmy Nuttall (VIC) will complete a research-led project on the relationship between queer identities, ancestries and contemporary online screen cultures during a one-year Masters in Artists Film and Moving Image at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Shireen Taweel (NSW) will travel to Turkey to learn master artisan skills with the Copper Tinsmith and Narce Association of Gaziantep. Taweel’s practice is rooted in cross-cultural discourse, where local-global dialogues influence her work through the refined processes of metallurgy.

The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship and Curatorial Scholarship are administered by NAVA - The National Association for the Visual Arts on behalf of The Freedman Foundation and assessed by Kathy Freedman, Yarran Gatsby, Jacqueline Millner and Nick Vickers.

Artists: Alice Couttoupes, Lu Forsberg, Caroline Garcia, Brigitte Hart, Mimi Kind, Olivia Koh, Anna McMahon, Jimmy Nuttall, Georgia Saxelby, Shireen Taweel 

Curator: Yarran Gatsby


The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists

Where: UNSW Galleries, cnr. Oxford St and Greens Rd, Paddington

When: 28 September – 3 November 2018

Tickets: FREE



A range of public programs will take place throughout the exhibition period.

Visit the UNSW Galleries website for further details.



Located on the UNSW Paddington campus, UNSW Galleries presents an ambitious program of changing exhibitions and projects exploring research and ideas in art, design and contemporary visual culture. Spanning almost 900 square metres and encompassing three separate exhibition spaces, UNSW Galleries are a platform for artistic practice and curatorial research of national significance.



For further information, interviews and imagery, please contact: Karen Hall, [email protected], +61 (0)425 759 658 


Sydney Unsw Artist Scholarship