Ian Potter Moving Image Commission

By May 9, 2014 Entries

Expressions of interest sought until Tuesday 17 June 2014

Artists are invited to apply for the $100,000 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, Australia’s most significant commission for moving image art.
Following the success of the inaugural Commission, The Calling by Angelica Mesiti, currently being exhibited the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust are calling for submissions from mid-career Australian artists for the second iteration of the 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 is a major initiative in contemporary moving image art by mid-career Australian artists and is a 10 year commitment to the art form. Inaugural winner, Angelica Mesiti said, “The Commission has been an extraordinary opportunity to focus on one project and work as a full time artist. The creative and personal development I have experienced over the 12 month period has been incredibly rewarding.”

Expressions of Interest should be 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 utilised.

Chaired by ACMI Director Tony Sweeney, the judging panel includes experts drawn from across the Australian arts sector, including Annette Blonski (freelance script editor and script consultant), Charlotte Day (Director, Monash University Museum of Art) and Katrina Sedgwick (Head of Arts, ABC TV). Lady Potter AC will act as Special Advisor to the judging panel.

The commissioned work will premiere at ACMI in February 2016 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.

Janet Hirst, Chief Executive Officer of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, said; “We are proud to support this wonderful opportunity for artists interested in exploring the moving image outside the conventions of cinema or documentary.”
These sentiments are echoed by ACMI Director Tony Sweeney: “This shared commitment to a series of commissions over a decade enables us to encourage and drive boundary-pushing in the field of contemporary art, support the creative growth of individual artists, and support development in the Australian creative sector and audience more broadly.”

Full details about the application process can be found at: http://www.movingimagecommission.org.au
Applications close 5pm Tuesday 17 June 2014.

For more information about this collaboration or the Commissions series, please contact:

Media Enquiries
ACMI Cory Parfett Communications Manager 03 8663 2362 cory.parfett@acmi.net.au

IPCT Avalee Weir Communications Manager 03 9650 3188 avalee.weir@ianpotter.org.au

Artist Enquiries
ACMI Emma McRae Curator 03 8663 2523 emma.mcrae@acmi.net.au

IPCT Application writing or administration
Claire Rimmer Program Manager 03 9650 3188 claire.rimmer@ianpotter.org.au

About the judging panel
Annette Blonski is a freelance script editor and script consultant to a number of Australian government film funding agencies and independent producers, writers and directors. She has been a member of the board for Film Victoria, the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
Charlotte Day is Director of Monash University Museum of Art, and has worked as an independent curator and Associate Curator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). Day has worked on numerous large-scale commissions by local and international artists, has co-curated the Adelaide Biennial (2010), TarraWarra Biennial (2008), and projects for the Venice Biennale (2007 and 2005).

Katrina Sedgwick is the Head of Arts for ABC TV (Australia). She was the founding CEO and Director of the Adelaide Film Festival and the AFF Investment Funds which has supported 47 Australian productions of documentaries, features, shorts, cross platform and installation works.
Tony Sweeney is the Director and CEO of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). He was previously Director of the UK’s award-winning National Museum of Photography, Film & Television. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London.

Special Advisor to the judging panel
Lady Potter AC is a Trustee of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust. She is a passionate supporter of the Arts and has held a long list of offices with major arts institutions, including Patron of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Director of The Ian Potter Museum of Art at Melbourne University, Honorary Life Member of the National Gallery Victoria and was Founding Benefactor of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Lady Potter is also patron and an active member of several leading performing arts companies and community welfare organisations. She has received Honorary Doctorates from Australian Catholic University and Monash University, and is a Member of The Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. Lady Potter is also Life Governor of The Ian Potter Foundation.

About The Ian Potter Cultural Trust
The Ian Potter Cultural Trust was established in 1993 by The Ian Potter Foundation to encourage and support diversity and excellence among emerging Australian artists. The Trust’s funding is governed by a commitment to excellence: it seeks to support individuals who are passionate about their work and have the potential to be outstanding in their field. The Trust’s main funding stream offers grants to assist early career artists of exceptional
talent to undertake professional development, usually overseas. To date more than 1,200 artists have received grants totalling over $5.7 million. The Ian Potter Arts Commissions represent the Trust’s flagship award, complementing the main ongoing program of grants for individual artists. The Moving Image Commissions are the Trust’s third major commissions program, following Music (composition) and Sculpture.

About ACMI
A globally unique cultural institution, ACMI presents and champions the art and culture of the moving image. Through a vibrant annual calendar of award-winning exhibitions, screenings, film festivals, live events, creative workshops, education programs and Collection resources, ACMI provides a wide diversity of audiences with an unsurpassed range of ways to engage with the moving image, welcoming 1.2million visitors annually. As one of Victoria’s major cultural, tourism and learning attractions, and a national centre of screen culture debate and innovation, ACMI has an international reputation as one of the world’s leading moving image centres.