Kate Scardifield picks up Paris scholarship

The Art Gallery of New South Wales awards Kate Scardifield the 2019 Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship.

Words: Annie Tonkin

The Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) has announced Kate Scardifield as the recipient of the 2019 Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship. The scholarship takes Scardifield to the Dr Denise Hickey Memorial Studio in Paris for a three-month residency and provides her with a $25,000 stipend for living and travel expenses associated with the residency.

“Kate’s textile practice is unconventional and striking. Paris is a city with a robust textile history, so there is a real logic to Kate immersing herself in that during this key period in her career development as an artist,” says Jackie Dunn, special exhibitions curator at AGNSW.

Dunn, along with assistant curator of international art at AGNSW, Lisa Catt, judged the scholarship this year. Dunn notes that scholarships and international residencies are invaluable to young artists. “Kate will be able to dedicate three months to researching and making new work at a studio in the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris,” she says.

The annual scholarship, established four years ago by The Eva and Tom Breuer Foundation, supports young Australian female artists under 35 for the purpose of travelling to and studying in Paris. It commemorates the late Eva Breuer, one of Australia’s most renowned art dealers who made a significant contribution to Australian art for more three decades.

Artists Lauren Brincat, Teelah George, Susan Hawkins, Sarah Mosca, Nicola Smith, Ella Sutherland and Shireen Taweel were also awarded a Studio Scholarship at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.

Kate Scardifield’s performance studies in semaphore and signalling. Research and Development for Between Wind and Water. Supported by Bundanon Trust, 2019. Photo: Robin Hearfield. Courtesy: AGNSW.


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