The Schenberg Art Fellowship – a cash prize of $50,000 – has been awarded to National Art School NSW graduate Yul Scarf.
The fellowship was awarded to Yul for their works as part of Perth Institute Of Contemporary Arts’ (PICA) Hatched exhibition, which closes in July. In this its 30th year, Hatched features 24 promising emerging artists from Australia’s leading art schools, displaying a broad range of contemporary practice including installations, audio/sound works, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and media works.
Yul’s works were HomeBuilder Scheme (new build or renovate) (2020), This Remains 100% Aboriginal Land (2020), The Department of Homo Affairs (2020), and COLONIAL VIRUS (2020).
“Yul’s multi-dimensional work draws clever links between history, contemporary culture and activism in a way that encourages us to question the past and re-imagine our future. Through an expanded use of ceramics, installation and QR codes, the artist takes us on a compelling journey through time and space,” Fellowship judges Amy Barrett- Lennard, Director, PICA, Sally Quin, Curator, UWA Art Collection, and Patrice Sharkey, Artistic Director ACE Open say.
HomeBuilder Scheme (new build or renovate) - Image © Peter Morgan
“The roles of clay and commemoration in Australian colonialism are explored and offered as powerful metaphors, all with gentle humour, intelligence and a sense of solidarity.”
This year marks the 12th year in which PICA has worked with the University Of Western Australia (UWA) and the UWA Cultural Precinct to present the Schenberg Art Fellowship. Hatched runs at PICA (Perth) until 11 July.