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Announcement: First IPMIC applications open

Applications are now open for Australia’s largest moving image commission program

31 July 2012

Artists are now invited to apply for the inaugural Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, Australia’s most significant commission for moving image art.

Announced in June this year, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and The Ian Potter Cultural Trust have collaborated to foster and fund a major initiative in contemporary moving image art by mid-career Australian artists. This biennial program represents a 10 year commitment to the art form.

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust will provide a $100,000 commission to each successful artist and ACMI will provide additional professional support; ranging from submission development to highly specialised curatorial, production and presentation expertise.

There are three stages in the application process. Once the applications have been received and reviewed by the judging panel, up to three projects will be shortlisted and those artists invited to further develop their ideas as full proposals. The winning artist will be expected to complete an ambitious new work of scale ready for exhibition in early 2014.

The projects are to be moving image centric and can be created by an individual artist or artist collaborations. The artworks must be designed for exhibition in a gallery context and there are no restrictions on the duration of the work or the number of channels utilised.

The judging panel comprises experts drawn from the Australian arts sector, including Lucy Guerin, Annette Blonski, Victoria Lynn, David Rosetzky, Katrina Sedgwick and ACMI Director, Tony Sweeney. Lady Potter AC will act as Special Advisor to the judging panel.

The commissioned work will premiere at ACMI in February 2014 as part of ACMI’s high profile national and international exhibition program and will be accessioned to the ACMI Collection to sit alongside works by leading Australian and International artists.

Janet Hirst, Chief Executive Officer of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust said, “This commissions program represents a wonderful opportunity for artists, giving them the time and scope to explore new works and advance their artistic practice.” These sentiments echoed by ACMI Director Tony Sweeney, “This shared commitment to a decade-long series of commissions enables us to drive genuine boundary-pushing in the field of contemporary art, as well supporting individual artists’ creative growth and development.”

Applications will close at 5pm Friday 14 September.

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