Qantas Announces SOYA Visual Arts Winner 2013

By October 23, 2013 Events

We are delighted to announce Victorian College of the Arts graduate Alasdair McLuckie as our 2013 Visual Arts winner.  Alasdair is well on his way to national recognition with artworks already acquired by MONA, Artbank, Art & Australia and the Monash University Museum of Art. Alasdair’s fearless approach caught the attention of our mentor: “the way in which he doesn’t shy away from big subjects – creation, ritual, mythology, and for moving his practice into diverse media, exploring a range of content and styles – often surprising but retaining a consistent sense of the material which is very alluring.”

Using drawing and craft, Alasdair’s practice adopts a meticulous process to explore and reinvent traditional folklore, tribalism and ritual, creation and destruction, with a formalist sensibility. His work – which has been said to incorporate elements of modernism, primitivism, psychedelic imagery and 1970s design – is also largely inspired and driven by an exploration of the creative process itself.

Alasdair will follow in the footsteps of 2012 winner Tully Arnot, who shared his experiences of winning SOYA Visual Arts on our blog recently.


Freya Pitt

With a practice that covers textiles, paper-cut and installation, puppetry and animation, Freya has exhibited in galleries, worked ephemerally in public space and  her pianoBoat project with brother Raku combines live music, visuals and narration, creating other worlds of whimsy and wonder through illumination and shadow. From the allure of hand shadows by firelight to detailed digital projections, the range of mediums are a combination of new and old technologies.

“Interrupting the experience of space and self, I want to give audiences a moment of engagement that breaks the barriers of habitual perception, involving them within unexpected environments and narratives.”

Jacobus Capone

Jacobus Capone’s major five and a half month durational performance work ‘to love’ saw him collect a sample of water from the Indian Ocean in Perth, put it in a suitcase and carry it each day, walking enroute to Wollongong, NSW whereupon he released the water into the Pacific Ocean.

“The ‘work’ I undertake may be more related to gestures (for they are) centrally addressing the remaining point in all of us where everything exists in another way; the sensation of being here, but not being here, in a world that could not be, but is.”

Alasdair will receive $5,000 in cash, $5,000 in Qantas flights and 12 months mentoring with Elizabeth Ann Macgregor.

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