In the grand tradition of awarding people who are already successful, the Australia Council announced today that Tracey Moffatt and Juliana Engberg were to be “…honoured for their contribution to the visual arts as recipients of the Australia Council Visual Arts Awards at a prize giving ceremony at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Sydney, Australia on Wednesday 6th of March.” For their contribution Moffatt receives $40,000 while Engberg will receive $10,000. Both will also receive a specially designed medal.
Both recipients were ecstatic:
Moffatt who has come off the back of a hugely successful 2012, including the major solo exhibition of her work at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, was excited by the announcement “I was so thrilled to be recognized and up there with talented and important names in the Australian Art world.” Similarly, Juliana Engberg, whose recent appointment as Artistic Director of the 19th Biennale of Sydney, has cemented her reputation as one of the most influential curators in Australia, said “this is such an honour. It is my privilege to work on behalf of Australian artists and their amazing contributions to our culture.”
Congratulations to both winners.