Mayoral Award in the Paramor Prize

Very happy to announce that I have won the Mayoral Award in the 2017 Paramor Prize for my site specific installation Mapping the Void. The work was first shown in my solo exhibition Dark Matter at Dominik Mersch Gallery in 2016 and was subsequently shown at Artspace for the Parramatta Artists Studios Ideas Platform group exhibition. My work Axis Mundi: The Line and The Matter is also a finalist.

Congratulations to the main prize winning duo Susannah Williams and Warren Armstrong, and to all the finalists. All the finalist works are on show at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre until 23 April - check it out!

Mapping the Void, iron oxide pigment, crushed ferrite magnets, neodymium magnets, linen thread, site specific installation at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre for the 2017 Paramor Prize.

Paramor Prize

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I'm delighted to have had two works selected as finalists in the 2017 Paramor Prize at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Please join us for the exhibition opening and announcement of awards on Saturday 18th February, 6-9pm.

Dominik Mersch Gallery 10th Anniversary Exhibition

Dominik Mersch Gallery is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a group exhibition. The show will feature new work from their artists as well as live performances from Julian Day and Danica Knezevic. I'm very happy to have some work in the show. Join us for the celebration on Saturday 4th February from 6pm. RSVP here. The exhibition runs until 25th Feb.

PAS exhibition in the Artspace Ideas Platform

Artspace and Parramatta Artists Studios have been working collaboratively to bring this exhibition to fruition and I'm delighted to be a part of it. The exhibition features the work of five PAS resident artists: Mehwish  Iqbal, Anna McMahon, Nadia Odlum, Salote Tawale and me. Please join us for our opening alongside the NSW Visual Arts Fellowship [Emerging] on Tuesday 8 November 6pm to 8pm.

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1009274902531407/

House of Wonder

Delighted to have been selected to be a House of Wonder artist in residence at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, part of their program for the Gravity (and Wonder) exhibition. I'll be collaborating with scientist Andrew O'Brien whose research is in the field of radio astronomy. Artists Katie Turnbull (work top right) and Leahlani Johnson (work bottom right) will also be in residence alongside scientists Jordan Collier and Graeme Wong. 

The project is carried out in partnership between Penrith Regional Gallery, The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, and Western Sydney University.

Invisible Forces - ArtAsiaPacific

My exhibition 'Dark Matter' has been reviewed by Chloé Wolifson for ArtAsiaPacific as part of the article 'Invisible Forces'. Wolifson reports on three exhibitions currently on view in Sydney thet "[endeavor to visualize the invisible forces that surround us, capturing organic phenomenon in synthetic form." Featuring myself and Julian Day at Dominik Mersch Gallery and Joyce Hinterding and David Haines at Sarah Cottier Gallery.

Read to full article here - http://www.artasiapacific.com/Blog/INVISIBLEFORCES

'Dark Matter' is on show at Dominik Mersch Gallery until Saturday 30th July.

Dark Matter

Please join us at Dominik Mersch Gallery in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney on Thursday 7th July for the opening of my solo exhibition Dark Matter. The show will run until 30th July alongside Julian Day's solo exhibition Vibrant Matter. Hope to see you there!

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The Blake Prize

I am delighted to report that my 'Infinite' triptych has been selected as a finalist for The 64th Blake Prize.

First held in 1951, The Blake Prize is one of Australia's longest standing and most historically significant art prizes. The 64th Blake Prize celebrates the diversity and aesthetic practices related to spiritual and religious belief and non-belief within communities across Australia and internationally. 

For more information please go to http://www.casulapowerhouse.com/whats-on/exhibitions2/the-64th-blake-prize

iota

Please join us at Gallery Funaki this coming Tuesday, November 10th from 5.30pm for the opening of my solo exhibition iota. I will also be giving a floor talk on Wednesday, November 11th at 11am. All welcome, please RSVP to the gallery by Tuesday 10th. 

From Gallery Funaki's website:

"...Iota is her first exhibition at Gallery Funaki. In it, Fielden expands on her recent works and investigates the notion of micro- and macrocosm; how a small part connects to and defines a whole. This builds on previous research around her central theme of the infinite, which is explored as a central tenet of religion - and the human experience of awe - and mathematical theory. Fielden makes work with a keen understanding if the often unacknowledged interplay between these seemingly juxtaposed fields." - Katie Scott, 2015.

Drawn To Form: The Matter In Hand

I am showing new work in this group exhibition at Blacktown Arts Centre. Drawn to From: The Matter in Hand is curated by Merran Esson and Abdullah M.I. Syed, and brings together 10 emerging and established artists, exploring connections between ceramics and drawing practices. The show runs until 3rd October 2015. Images of my work in the exhibition and further information can be found here.

Participating artists, curators and special guests on opening night. Form Left: Toni Warburton, Michael Fitzgerald, Paul Howard, Walter Auer, Emma Fielden, Tania Rollond, Jude Rae, Abdullah M. I. Syed, Merran Esson, Suzanne Archer, Jenny Bisset and Kei Takemura. Juz Kitson and Janet Fieldhouse not present.

INFINITY - Opening Night

Thank you to everyone who came along to the opening of my exhibition INFINITY. It was very special to me to be able to show my work to such an interested and responsive group of people. A special thanks to all the team at Courtesy of the Artist for hosting my work so beautifully. And a heartfelt thanks to Julie Ewington who opened my show with her beautifully insightful words. 

Infinity continues until Saturday 28th March at Courtesy of the Artist Studio, 10b Fitzroy Place, Surry Hills, Sydney. 

THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN ASSISTED BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE AUSTRALIA COUNCIL, ITS ARTS FUNDING AND ADVISORY BOARD.

Infinity

This March I will be showing new work in a solo exhibition titled 'Infinity' at Courtesy of the Artist Studio in Surry Hills, Sydney. Here is some information about the show from their online article:

For this exhibition Emma presents a series of work on the theme infinity - a series of drawings, engraved brooches, and for the first time a print. 

The notion of infinity has been emerging in Emma's work for some time. Her earlier works involving line, mark making and drawing evolved into an exploration of the grid, and in her last body of work (2013) she came to take the grid as a symbol of infinity. Now Emma Fielden has entered into a deeper and more thematic exploration of infinity, both as a mathematic and metaphysical concept. 
 

‘Infinity’ will be opened by Julie Ewington. Julie is a nationally and internationally recognised authority on contemporary Australian art across all media, with a special interest in contemporary jewellery. Over a career spanning four decades, she has contributed to the Australian cultural field as an academic, writer, curator and broadcaster.

Infinity will open at Courtesy of the Artist Studio on Thursday 5th March 2015, 6pm - 8pm.

Courtesy of the Artist Studio is located at 10b Fitzroy Place, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia 2010.

Opening hours are Wednesday to Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm and Saturday 11:00am - 4:00pm. The exhibition runs until 28th March 2015. 

National Contemporary Jewellery Award

I'm delighted to report that I have been awarded this year's National Contemporary Jewellery Award. My entry was a series of four brooches titled Grid.

The award is an acquisitive prize sponsored by Griffith City Council and held at Griffith Regional Art Gallery every two years. The gallery has been collecting contemporary jewellery as an acquisition from the National Contemporary Jewellery Award since 1988. The collection consists of pieces from some of Australia's foremost makers, which mark important moments in the Australian contemporary jewellery movement, so I'm thrilled that my work will now take a place in this collection. 

A much deserved congratulations goes to all the finalists, especially to Felix Gill who won the Sturt Artist in Residency Award for his neckpiece 'Red Squadron' and to Jessamy Pollock who was awarded a solo exhibition at Courtesy Of The Artist for her series of brooches 'Wearable Maquettes'.

The exhibition of finalists' works will be on at Griffith Regional Gallery from 4th - 28th September 2014. It will then tour to Courtesy Of The Artist (Sydney) from 2nd October - 1st November 2014, and Sturt Australian Contemporary Craft and Design (Mittagong) from 12th December 2014 - early February 2015.

National Contemporary Jewellery Award

My series of brooches 'Grid' has been selected as a finalist in the 2014 National Contemporary Jewellery Award! All of the finalists are listed below and the winners will be announced at the opening, which will be held at Griffith Regional Art Gallery on 5th September 2014.

FINALISTS:
Brendon Collins - VIC
Sun-Woong Bang - VIC
Bridgette Shepherd - QLD
Julie Blyfield - SA
Sarah Spackman - NSW
Rebecca Hinwood - NSW
Courtnee Nichols - WA
Felicity Peters - WA
Carly Lay - NSW
Karin Findeis - NSW
Felix Gill - NSW
Jana Roman - VIC

Jessamy Pollock - SA
Juliette Pastorok - NSW
Shan Shan Mok - NSW
Vicki Mason - VIC
Alyra Bartasek - VIC
Blanche Tilden - VIC
Emily Snadden - TAS
Carl Noonan - NSW
Lauren Joffe - VIC
Danielle Mackenzie - VIC
Phoebe Porter - ACT
Emma Fielden - NSW
Pennie Jagiello - VIC

Australia Council Visual Arts Awards Ceremony

The Australia Council for the Arts has recognised the outstanding contributions made by visual artist Fiona Foley and curator, writer and broadcaster Julie Ewington by awarding them the 2013 Visual Arts Awards. As part of the awards the Australia Council commissioned me to create a commemorative brooch for each recipient. Last week I travelled to Queensland for the awards ceremony at the Brisbane Powerhouse. You can read more about the recipients and the awards on the Australia Council website here and here.