Incinerator Art Award 2022: Art for Social Change
16 September 2022 - 30 October 2022
Artist(s): Ana Paula Estrada, APHIDS, Ayman Kaake, Ben Hattingh, Bon Mott and Simon Rose, Cath Murphy, Christina Darras, Claire Bridge, Dale Cox, Jodi Newcombe and Ann Ferguson, Danica Knezevic, Dans Bain, Deborah Eddy, Dorell Ben, Emma Rani Hodges, J Davies, Jelena Sinik and Nicolette Axiak, Jenny Hickinbotham, Laura Louise and Wills Flaherty, Logan Mucha, Louis Pratt and Rob Beamish, Luciano and George Keats, Luna Mrozik Gawler and Ana Tiquia, Marynes Avila, Nicholas Burridge, Rhys Cousins, Ryan Lee, Sian Kelly, Soup Collective, Tina Stefanou, Xingyu (Echo) Li.
Location: Incinerator Galleries
The Incinerator Art Award is our annual art award and exhibition. Established in 2015, the award celebrates contemporary arts practices that are socially engaged, environmentally aware, and seek to enrich community through dynamic, creative practice.
The award pays homage to Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony—the progressive architects who collaboratively designed the Essendon Incinerator in 1929-30—who believed that art and architecture are ethical enterprises that should aim to bring about positive social change.
This nationally recognised award demonstrates the crucial role art plays for contemporary Australian audiences, underpinning Incinerator Gallery as a vital space for engaged discourse through visual art and creative practice.
The award is an inclusive and diverse exhibition that celebrates the vibrancy of community within and beyond Moonee Valley.
In 2022, the Gallery continues to present critical, ambitious and experimental practices, and will offer an engaged and educative program encompassing visual art, film, performance, writing, architecture and design.
Ana Paula Estrada, APHIDS, Ayman Kaake, Ben Hattingh, Bon Mott and Simon Rose, Cath Murphy, Christina Darras, Claire Bridge, Dale Cox, Jodi Newcombe and Ann Ferguson, Danica Knezevic, Dans Bain, Deborah Eddy, Dorell Ben, Emma Rani Hodges, J Davies, Jelena Sinik and Nicolette Axiak, Jenny Hickinbotham, Laura Louise and Wills Flaherty, Logan Mucha, Louis Pratt and Rob Beamish, Luciano and George Keats, Luna Mrozik Gawler and Ana Tiquia, Marynes Avila, Nicholas Burridge, Rhys Cousins, Ryan Lee, Sian Kelly, Soup Collective, Tina Stefanou, Xingyu (Echo) Li.
The Opening night and award ceremony will be held on Friday, 16 September, 6 - 8pm at Incinerator Gallery.
Incinerator Art Award 2022: Artist Talk
Saturday, 1 October, 1-2pm
Join Incinerator Gallery curator Jake Treacy as they are joined by artists in a walking conversation of this year's Incinerator Art Award. Learn more about certain artworks in the award and how art may bring about positive social change.
This is a free event. RSVP.
Aamer Ahmed is a QPOC multidisciplinary artist, producer and curator based in Naarm. Aamer utilises his professional background in the film industry as a launchpad into creating immersive AV experiences. Their works and programming have elevated events for the likes of Melbourne Music Week, Gaytimes, Barba, Pitch Music and Arts Festival and Midsumma Festival. Currently, Aamer is based at Footscray Community Arts as the Project Coordinator of the upcoming Neighbourhood festival, which will focus on bringing to the forefront the voices of the community and artists in Naarm's western suburbs. Aamer continues their practice with a sense of fearless wonder and determination. Perpetually connected to their sense of community, a passion for under-represented and underestimated voices and for exceptional, spatial storytelling in their curation.
Ashley Perry is an interdisciplinary Goenpul artist from Quandamooka country. His recent works come from research into Quandamooka cultural practices, focusing on material culture held in museums, universities, and private collections. This research is used to produce works that uncover and question the discrepancies embedded in these archives. Drawn from several sources from firsthand accounts to historical documents, these varied and often differing accounts are interrogated, compared, and used to produce the works. The works enter a dialogue, questioning the certainty around some of these accounts and engaging in a speculative potential. His recent works have examined information and data systems, interrogating the methods of collecting and categorising. His works often examine the legacy of colonialism in these systems, as a way of understanding, embedded issues in their current form. He was the recipient of the Incinerator Art Award: Art for Social Change (2019). Perry has exhibitions nationally and internationally.
Linsey Gosper is a photographic artist and magic practitioner based on Bundjalung country (Northern Rivers, NSW). Her practice and research are informed by analogue processes, animism, witchcraft, astrology, and plant folklore. Through photography and installation she visualises and anchors her magical practice, which is a blending of performative ritual, image magic, and alchemical herbalism.
Linsey has previously held curatorial and education roles at PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography (2020 – 2022), RMIT University (2021), Ballarat International Foto Biennale (2020-2021), the Centre for Contemporary Photography (2018 - 2020) and she was director of Strange Neighbour gallery and darkroom (2012 – 2019). She is interested in creating community by bringing people together through education and experiences, fostering new ideas, connections, and perspectives.
In 2022, we will be offering a total of $12,000 in cash prizes to artists:
- 4 x Awards of $2,500 each, will be awarded to 4 shortlisted artists as judged by our panel of art industry professionals.
- 1 x Mayoral Award of $1,000 judged by the Mayor of Moonee Valley and Councillors
- 1 x People’s Choice Award of $1,000 will be voted on by the public and will be awarded to one recipient at the close of the exhibition.
Mayoral Award Winner
Dans Bain, The Lost Petition, 2021
Incinerator Art Award Winners
APHIDS, Destiny, 2021
Cath Murphy, White Goods, 2020
Logan Mucha, The Precise Moment I Gave Into The Impossible Weight Of Everything, 2022
Soup Collective, Church of Harridans Witnessers, 2022
People's Choice Award Winner
Dans Bain, The Lost Petition, 2021
Voting for the People's Choice Award will open in the gallery on Friday, 16 September and close on Sunday, 30 October. The winner will be announced on Friday, 4 November.