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Glenfiddich announces winner of Artists in Residence Competition

  • Written by Teresa Lane


JoanRoss and Glenfiddich is proud to announce dual Blackheath and Bondi resident Joan Ross as the winner of the inaugural Australian Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Competition.
 

Opened to Australian residents for the first time, the Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Competition invited artists to enter their work, using any array of mediums which include, but are not limited to print, photography, animation, performance and installation.
 

The judging panel lead by Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Curator Andy Fairgrieve and including the Sydney Contemporary International Art Fair Advisory Council, made up by Australian actress Rachel Griffiths, former Lord Mayor Lucy Turnbull AO, Sue Kato, Mark Hughes, Nick Tobias, Dr Gene Sherman and Evan Williams.
 

The judges were so impressed by the calibre of the entries they selected seven finalists instead of the originally planned five. The final seven included Joan Ross, Cameron Robbins, Marc Standing, Luke Storrier, Liam Benson, Deb Mansfield and Troy Emery.
 

Joan was chosen as the winner as her body of work not only demonstrates her technique and skill as an artist through her hand painted prints and digital animations, but each of her works tells a unique story about Australian colonisation. Her use of Hi Vis Fluro is a feature throughout her work which is something she noticed an influx of after 9/11, and it is according to Joan “alien to the landscape and a metaphor for colonisation.”
 

“Given the incredible standard and quality of the seven finalists, it was never going to be an easy task to choose just one to join our residency program next summer at distillery, however I feel we have an outstanding artist and personality with Joan,” said Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Curator Andy Fairgrieve.
 

“Her carefully composed works in both print and video are not only visually stunning but deeply thought provoking. Given her artistic concerns surrounding appropriation of land through colonialism and the environmental issues she subtly addresses, I know she will find a rich vein of source material to inform new works once she sets foot on Scottish soil next summer. I look forward to welcoming her to the Glenfiddich Distillery next year.”
 

Since the Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Contest began in 2002, Andy has mentored over 100 artists through the distillery doors, each one of them always seeing the distillery with a unique view.
 

The residency will take place in 2016 where Joan will have the opportunity to live and work for three months at the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown, Scotland alongside artists from Scotland, India, China Taiwan, Canada and Korea.
 

Born in Glasgow, and growing up in Australia, Joan is influenced by the landscape and its connections. Her current work is based on British colonistation and first contact in Australia and the ongoing effect of this on Indigenous Australians. Joan hopes to keep this conversation open with her video animations based on early colonial paintings.
 

“I am very excited; the Glenfiddich Artists in Residence program is such a great opportunity. I’m really looking forward to getting back to and reconnecting with my roots and discovering more about my heritage along with the chance to explore the Highlands. I have only been back once and was overwhelmed by the beauty of the landscape,” said Joan Ross.
 

“Being in a completely different environment and living and working in the distillery space will enable me to not only get stuck into my work but also provide me with a totally different source of inspiration.”
 

Joan’s love of nature and attraction to land and landscapes is predominant in her work. This and her connection to Scotland are the main reasons applied for the Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Competition.
 

“I felt so welcomed by all the Glenfiddich team; everyone was so warm and friendly. Meeting Andy was the best, he was so keen and enthusiastic and I had a really great time hanging out with him.
 

“He really inspired me, and was very supportive of my ideas. I was particularly taken with his knowledge and interest in the politics of the highlands and I am very excited about learning more,” said Joan.
 

For more information visit http://www.glenfiddich.com/ or http://www.williamgrant.com/
 

For further information on Joan’s work visit Michael Reid Gallery or http://www.joanross.com.au/
 

William Grant & Sons, Ltd. is an independent distiller founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the luxury spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s favourite single malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world’s third largest blended Scotch Grant’s® as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick’s® Gin and Sailor Jerry®.

Caravan & Camping Industry Association and Surfing NSW Sign Strategic Partnership

  • Written by Ethan Smith
Caravan & Camping Industry Association and Surfing NSW have signed a strategic partnership.
Caravan & Camping Industry Association and Surfing NSW have signed a strategic partnership.

SYDNEY (Tuesday, 11 August 2015): Two of the State’s major member organisations who are passionate about promoting active outdoor lifestyles, the Caravan & Camping Industry Association NSW (CCIA) and Surfing NSW (SNSW), have signed a landmark partnership with the aim of bringing their activities to an ever expanding audience.

The partnership will also help create a link between surfing activities and NSW holiday parks.  Many parks have fantastic beachside locations up and down the coast and offer a wide range of accommodation options from campsites, to caravan sites, cabins to high end ‘glamping’ style experiences.

“This is a fantastic partnership opportunity for the CCIA. It is a great fit for both organisations and allows us to build greater awareness of the amazing experiences and products we offer across the State,” CCIA NSW CEO, Lyndel Gray said.

“The surfing community loves to travel and they love the outdoors, and CCIA members have some of the best park locations close to the beach and the best products - like campervans, camper trailers and tents - to make any surfing holiday great.

“We both share a strong engagement with family groups and together we are keen to promote the benefits of getting out and about in NSW, seeing new places, participating in events, enjoying outdoor activities and having active holiday experiences.”

“Surfing NSW is excited about the opportunity to work with CCIA as a strategic partner,” Surfing NSW CEO, Mark Windon said.

“With surfers being habitual travellers, this partnership with CCIA is a no-brainer for Surfing NSW. And given the amount of events we complete across the NSW coastline – as well as the number of Surfing NSW boardrider clubs, surf schools and members – we feel there’s some great synergies between the camping and surfing lifestyle.”

“Surfing NSW looks forward to the future with CCIA and further consolidating strategic partnerships such as this.”

“The CCIA has over 400 park members across NSW and, with our searchable website that allows people to find exactly the kind of park they are looking for, or purchase the type of caravan or camping product that best suits their needs, there is something for everyone,” Ms Gray said.

“We look forward to embracing this new partnership and working alongside our new partner SNSW to find new ways of promoting the events and outdoor activities of both organisations.”

ABOUT CCIA NSW 
The Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW (CCIA) CCIA is a member based, not-for-profit, organisation. It has a membership of over 710 businesses drawn from owners and operators of caravan and holiday parks, manufactured home estates, manufacturers, dealers and retailers of manufactured homes, caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, camping equipment and accessories and the service industries.

The caravan, motorhome and camping industry continues to be one of the fastest growing domestic tourism sectors in Australia, and NSW is the favourite State for caravanning and camping.

The industry is continually evolving and responding to changing consumer needs, with caravan and holiday parks enhancing the quality of accommodation and facilities provided, and caravan and RV manufacturers incorporating luxury fit-outs and safety enhancements.

For more information, check out www.caravan-camping.com.au

ABOUT SURFING NSW
Surfing NSW, established in 1963, is the largest and longest running of the recognised state bodies for the sport of surfing in Australia.

Surfing NSW, in conjunction with its ten regional associations, is responsible for managing events across the state from grassroots level events through to international professional events such as the Australian Open of Surfing.

Surfing NSW has over 110 affiliated boardrider clubs and over 45 licensed surf schools, operating from Kingscliff in the north of the state to Tathra in the south.

For more information, check out surfingnsw.com.au or facebook.com/surfingnsw

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