Visual Arts

The Australia Council for the Arts supports the contemporary expression of visual art through the broadest range of visual media, including craft, design, media arts and visual arts. This support includes grants to living artists and funding for contemporary arts organisations as well as national and international exhibitions and events. 

By providing support to living artists and arts organisations the Australia Council aims to encourage the engagement of people in Australia and elsewhere in innovative visual art. The Australia Council also allocates funds on behalf of the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy.

The Australia Council for the Arts supports the contemporary expression of visual art through the broadest range of visual media, including craft, design, media arts and visual arts.

Australia Council Visual Arts Award – Susan Cohn Q&A

What does winning the award mean to you?
I am thrilled and honoured! Artists work hard to get recognition for their work. This award coming from the Australia Council for the Arts is a powerful acknowledgement that goes beyond the support of friends and colleagues, my gallery director, and the range of public galleries and private collectors that collect my work and help keep me going.

What are you currently working on?
I am working on my next exhibition at Anna Schwartz Gallery for September this year.
I am also developing an international project about the meaning in jewellery with David Pledger, artist and director which will take me to Copenhagen later this year. And I am in the process of resolving the next stage of the Golden Record into outer space project with artist, Willoh S Weiland

What is the best piece of career advice you would give your younger self?
Don't get downhearted when things don’t go as you might wish, just maintain your belief in yourself and the work you make – keep on keeping on creating.

What inspires you or has been the greatest influence of your work?
Colleagues around the world who do great work. Going to galleries and events whenever I can to see what’s happening.I also have always had great admiration for the late Louise Bourgeois who, despite ongoing negative reaction to her work she persisted in making work to a great old age – I’d like to do the same. 

Can you describe the practical process you use to develop ideas/concepts for your work?
In practical terms my ideas arrive out of ‘life’ experiences – the political environment the world is experiencing and its often terrible impacts affect my thinking continuously.


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Susan Cohn. Image credit: Keira Leike
Susan Cohn. Image credit: Keira Leike

Highlights

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