New venture for CAPO

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CAPO, the Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation may be one of this city’s most venerable arts organisations, but it’s come up with a new idea.

CAPO President, Penny Jurkiewicz
CAPO President, Penny Jurkiewicz

This year it’s inaugurating the CAPO Emerging Artists’ Prize, an exhibition to be staged in addition to CAPO’s chic annual auction party. The show will open at M16 Artspace in Griffith on May 28 and run until Sunday, June 14.

There’ll be a gala opening on Thursday, May 28 at which the winner of the $500 emerging artists’ prize will be announced, donated as a winner’s prize from proceeds of the 2014 CAPO Exhibition and Auction Party.

CAPO has a long history of supporting emerging artists in the Canberra region, through the annual CAPO awards and through the selection of artists for the CAPO exhibition itself, but CAPO has felt the need to provide emerging artists with their own space and their own exhibition, which have seen Art History and Curatorship combining with the School of Art have also allowed CAPO the opportunity to reward outstanding Art History graduate, so the CAPO Emerging Artists’ Prize will achieve dual goals, by providing emerging art historians the opportunity to curate a professional exhibition, while showcasing the overflowing emerging talent within the Canberra region in an exclusive exhibition.

With this in mind, CAPO has presented the CAPO Curatorial Internship Award to two graduates of the Art History and Curatorship degree: Ella Morrison and Hannah Webb, who will receive $1000 each, are to curate the May exhibition. With CAPO’s mentoring they have selected a group of ACT emerging artists who will contribute works aligned to the exhibition’s theme, “geometric abstraction”.

CAPO President, Penny Jurkiewicz, says, “The CAPO Board looks forward to continuing our strong partnership with M16 Artspace and is excited about this new event curated specifically for our emerging artists.”

Watch this space.

All artwork will be for sale during the exhibition period, May 28 – June 14. CAPO Emerging Artists’ Prize, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith,

Opening speaker will be Gordon Bull.


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