Winners of the ACT Legislative Assembly Speaker’s Award 2019–2021 Exhibition

Image: Allison Barnes, Hobart Place from University Avenue, (detail) 2023. Mixed media acrylic on paper, 65 x 85cm.
Wednesday 10 January 2024

Exhibiting artists: Kate Matthews (2019), Greta Cooper (2020), David Liu (2020), Olivia Gates & Solomon Gates (2023), Allison Barnes (2021), in addition Joel Arthur (2014).

Exhibition dates: 27 November 2023—9 February 2024

Exhibition location: ACT Legislative Assembly, 196 London Circuit, Canberra, ACT.

Due to the closure of the Assembly building during COVID lockdown, this exhibition showcases work by the Emerging Artist Support Scheme Speaker’s Award winners, from 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Each year the Speaker’s Award offers two graduates of the ANU School of Art & Design a cash prize, an invitation to have a work on view in the Assembly building for a year, and in recent years, to exhibit new work a year after graduation. 

The Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) is a one-of-a-kind scheme that supports School of Art & Design undergraduate and postgraduate students by offering a variety of awards, and commissioning and acquiring new artworks. These opportunities are unique to graduates of the ANU.

EASS was founded in 1988 by the then Director of the School, David Williams. From modest beginnings, EASS has continued to grow over the past three decades and boasts the strong support of our wonderful community of arts patrons: individuals, businesses, galleries and organisations.

The following work is by previous EASS Winners and is now in the permanent Legislative Assembly Art Collection; Alan Koeninger (1994), Helen Tiernan (2001), Gregory Hodge (2005), Sara Hellsing (2012), Mahala Hill (2017), Toni Hassan (2018), Kate Matthews (2019).

Updated:  10 January 2024/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications