The Ian Potter Moving Image Commission is Australia’s most significant long term commissioning program of new contemporary moving image art by Australian artists. A joint initiative of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), this biennial award represents a ten-year, $500,000 commitment to the art form.
The Ian Potter Moving Image Commission enables a mid-career artist to produce an ambitious new work which demonstrates a major development or shift in their practice. Projects must have a gallery-based outcome.
Through the partners, the commission provides two levels of support to the successful artist: they receive $100,000 from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, as well as highly specialised curatorial, production and presentation expertise provided by ACMI.
An edition of the work will enter the ACMI Collection and will sit alongside works by renowned Australian and international artists including Johan Grimonprez, Mona Hatoum, Anthony McCall, Bill Viola, Candice Breitz, Ian Burns and Warwick Thornton.
The Ian Potter Moving Image Commission (IPMIC) was launched in June, 2012. The inaugural winner, announced in December 2012, was Angelica Mesiti. Her commissioned work The Calling, premiered in Gallery 2 at ACMI from 4 February through to 13 July, 2014.
The second IPMIC was awarded in December 2014 to Daniel Crooks. Daniel's work Phantom Ride debuted at ACMI on 16 February 2016.
IPMIC No. 3 opened for applications on Monday 6 June 2016. The final IPMIC No. 3 work, Terra Nullius by Soda_Jerk, will be exhibited at ACMI in early 2018.
In addition to developing the artist’s professional practice the commission aims to cultivate a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary moving image practice for Australian audiences.
‘In establishing this commission we hoped to enable talented mid-career artists to take their art and their careers to the next level, and to engage new younger audiences in this important contemporary art form.’ Lady Potter AC