Kudos Gallery Curator & Critic Awards

Kudos Gallery is run by UNSW Art & Design students. It is an 'artist run' space funded by Arc @ UNSW Limited. Kudos Gallery is situated close to the UNSW Art & Design campus at 6 Napier Street Paddington. 

Kudos Gallery aims to provide a venue for the exploration of emerging and experimental art practices in Sydney. We create opportunities for current UNSW students and the broader arts community to foster professional practices and experience in the development of exhibition networks. We also provide a forum for critical dialogue and debate, and we encourage interdisciplinary as well as legitimate experimental work. 

In 2016, Kudos Gallery launched the Early Career Curator Award a prize open to the public awarding one curator the opportunity to develop an exhibition for Kudos Gallery through a sustained mentorship Program. The inaugural recipient Anthony Bautovich produced the exhibition Monumentalism which featured a mix of Sydney and international artists alongside current UNSW Art & Design students. 

In 2017, Kudos Gallery launched the Emerging Critics Award, awarding a current UNSW Art and Design student the opportunity to work with a Kudos Gallery exhibition to produce a critical essay, and chair a public program for that exhibition. The critic received mentorship from the Kudos Gallery team and editorial support from the Framework editor. The inaugural recipient of the Emerging Critics Award was Serafina Lee who worked with that year's Early Career Curator Awardee Zorica Purlija on her exhibition Realising Mother.

In 2018, Tracing the archipelago was curated by Jenny Anagnostopoulos and Yarran Gatsby as part of the ECCA, which explored the idiosyncrasies involved in navigating of space. Through a series of conceptual and material investigations, artists examined multiple terrains of everydayness that are shaped by political, cultural and economic models and envisioned new ways to traverse and disrupt them. Presented in association with Tracing the archipelago Desire Lines ran a walking series. Stella Maynard, the recipient of the Emerging Critics Award, responded with a review which was published on Runway Conversations.

In 2019, Poetics of the Line was curated by Tim Marvin as part of the ECCA. The curatorial project aimed to survey a decade of artistic practice that actuate critical and creative configurations of the 'line’ which derive from a continuity of political, personal and aesthetic motivations. The ECA recipient, Rebecca Hall, wrote a review on Runway Journal Conversations.

Early Career Curator Award

Kudos Gallery and Arc @UNSW Art and Design invites all curators in the early stages of their careers to propose an exhibition to be presented at Kudos Gallery as part of the Early Career Curators Award 2018.

The winning curator will be awarded:

- A full space exhibition at Kudos Gallery in September - October 2020

    - A $500 curatoral fee
    - A public program developed in collaboration with the semester two Emerging Critics Award recipient
    - A designed, digital exhibition catalogue , to be published through the Kudos Gallery website
    - Mentorship with an professional arts curator, Katie Winton, and with Kudos Gallery and Arc UNSW Art & Design

Emerging Critics Award

Kudos Gallery and Framework at Arc @UNSW Art and Design invites writers and critics currently studying at UNSW to submit applications for the Emerging Critics Award 2020, sponsored by sponsored by Art & Design Student Council

The Early Career Curator Award is run by the Writers Coordinator at Arc UNSW Art & Design as part of the Writers Program.

The winning critic will be awarded:

  • $500 writers fee

  • Editorial mentorship from Tai Mitsuji, from Runway Australian Experimental Art Journal, as the critic's develops a critical essay in responses to an upcoming project produced by Kudos Gallery

  • The publishing of their article on professional arts writing platforms Runway Conversations and Framework.

  • The critic will also chair a workshop/panel discussion in partnership with their reviewed project. The critic will receive curatorial support from Kudos Gallery through the development of this public program

Submit your Early Career Curator Award application today!

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