Prestigious Visual Arts Fellowship Shortlist Announced

Create-NSW-VAEF-shortlist-artists-photo-by-Anna-KuceraSix emerging visual artists from NSW have been shortlisted for the Create NSW and Artspace 2023 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging): EJ Son, Maddison Gibbs, Min Wong, Morgan Hogg, Nadia Odlum, and Natalie Quan Yau Tso.

The prestigious $30,000 fellowship, now in its 26th year, provides a NSW visual arts practitioner in the early stages of their career the opportunity to undertake a program of significant professional development and career advancement.

Chief Executive of Create NSW, Annette Pitman said the long-standing fellowship has been a successful platform for nurturing the immense talent within NSW’s visual arts community, providing emerging visual artists invaluable support, curatorial advocacy and exposure to the industry and wider NSW arts audiences.

“A record number of emerging artists applied for the 2023 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship and the calibre of shortlisted artists is second to none,” she said.

“Artspace’s annual commitment to collaboration and mentorship of each shortlisted recipient delivers an unforgettable visual art exhibition which is a must-see highlight in the NSW contemporary arts calendar,” said Ms Pitman.

“The 2023 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) had an unprecedented number of applications, which is a testament to the enduring relevance and anticipation that surrounds this opportunity,” said Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director, Artspace.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Carriageworks to present a strong shortlist of six emerging artists representing the breadth and diversity of artistic practice.”

The shortlisted artists will participate in an exhibition at Carriageworks from Thursday 27 July – Sunday 27 August 2023, with the fellowship recipient announced at the official exhibition launch.

The 2023 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) is part of a suite of Create NSW Creative Leadership and Fellowship programs. This fellowship, co-presented by Artspace at Carriageworks, will support NSW visual arts practitioners in the early stages of their career to challenge, and expand their practice.

Shortlisted applicants will receive mentorship from Artspace’s curatorial team over three months to realise works for the exhibition.

In addition to the Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging), Create NSW offers opportunities for individuals and groups to receive support through other Creative Leadership Fellowships and the Arts and Cultural Funding Program (ACFP). For more information, visit: for details.

Image: 2023 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) Finalists, left to right: Nadia Odlum, EJ Son, Maddison Gibbs, Min Wong, Morgan Hogg and Natalie Quan Yau Tso – photo by Anna Kucera