Applications now open for the 2020 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission

ACMI Angelica Mesiti, The Calling, 2014. Angelica Mesiti is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery. Produced by Felix Media.ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and The Ian Potter Cultural Trust are calling for submissions from practicing Australian artists for the country’s most significant commission for moving image art, the 2020 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission.

The successful artist will receive $100,000 from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and professional support including highly specialised curatorial, production and presentation expertise from ACMI. The Ian Potter Moving Image Commission supports artists to create a new work that will further their practice.

“We are proud to support this wonderful opportunity for artists interested in exploring the moving image as an art form outside the conventions of cinema or documentary,” said Craig Connelly, Chief Executive Officer of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust.

Expressions of Interest are for projects that are centred around the moving image and can be created by an individual artist or artist collaborations. The artworks must be designed for exhibition in a gallery context and there are no restrictions on the duration of the work or the number of channels used.

“The Commission was an extraordinary opportunity to focus on one project and work as a full-time artist,” said inaugural winner Angelica Mesiti. “The creative and personal development I experienced over the 12-month period was incredibly rewarding.”

Chaired by ACMI Director and CEO Katrina Sedgwick, the judging panel includes experts drawn from across the Australian arts sector, including Craig Connelly, CEO of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and The Ian Potter Foundation, Annette Blonski, freelance script editor and script consultant, Rebecca Coates, curator, writer and lecturer, Darren Dale, Director of Blackfella Films, Callum Morton, Professor of Fine Art at MADA (Monash Art Design and Architecture) and Emily Sexton, Artistic Director of Arts House.

The commissioned work will premiere at ACMI in 2020 as part of ACMI’s high-profile national and international exhibition program and will be accessioned to the ACMI Collection to sit alongside works by leading Australian and international artists including Anthony McCall, Bill Viola, Candice Breitz, Ian Burns, Lynette Wallworth, Johan Grimonprez and Warwick Thornton.

“The $100,000 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission provides artists working in moving image the resources to create a work that is a game changer for them,” said ACMI Director and CEO Katrina Sedgwick. “ACMI then exhibits this work in our gallery, allowing the artwork to be experienced by wide ranging audiences.”

“For each of the recipients this commission has enabled new opportunities for their practice, and each have created wonderful artworks. It is a rare and important opportunity and we are delighted to be continuing this vital partnership with The Ian Potter Cultural Trust.

Applications for the 2020 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission are now open, and close midnight Sunday 28 October 2018. For more information, visit: www.movingimagecommission.org.au for details.

Image: Angelica Mesiti, The Calling, 2014. Angelica Mesiti is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery. Produced by Felix Media.

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