The The Kudos Emerging Artist + Designer Award is an annual award by Arc @ UNSW Art & Design that seeks to recognise, nurture and support innovation and talent across all disciplines at our campus. Celebrating its 18th anniversary this year, the Kudos Award aims to promote excellence in visual art and design at UNSW A&D, to encourage experimentation and development of process, material and concept, and to display students' works to the broader community and to nurture critical and creative engagement and activity.
The major award is $1,500 funded by Arc @ UNSW Art & Design, followed by highly commended awards, involving a series of exciting prizes donated by arts organisations and local businesses.
Since 2014, Kudos Emerging Artist and Designer Awards have had an independent prize guest judged by a prominent woman in the arts. This was established by Tess Allas and Miranda Samuels. Recipients have included; Claudia Nicholson, Marcia Swaby, Sabella D’Souza, Naomi Segal, and Isobelle Lowe.
In 2018 we introduced a People's Choice Award which will allowed everyone to have their say!
Each year we've invited prominent practitioners from the local dynamic arts community; in 2019 our guest judges included Danielle Karlikoff, Marikit Santiago, Naomi Riddle, with the Girl Genius guest judge Mikala Tai!
Sadly due to the impact of COVID-19 on our 2020 exhibition programming we've had to, at present, cancel the Kudos Gallery Emerging Artist and Designer awards.
Image: Eva Nolan, The Pinned Moth Cannot Fly - Kudos Emerging Artist and Designer Award winner 2018.