Mikala Dwyer awarded inaugural NAVA Fellowship

Mikala Dwyer, In the Head of Humans

Mikala Dwyer, In the Head of Humans, 2016. Courtesy Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland.

Congratulations to SCA graduate and senior lecturer Mikala Dwyer (BVA’83) on receiving the inaugural $20,000 National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) Visual Arts Fellowship.

Mikala was one of two recipients to receive the prestigious new Fellowship, aimed at mid-career artists. Supported by the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund and administered by NAVA, the Fellowships ensure exceptional artists can explore the next major development in their practice and seek opportunities to enhance their reputations, and build their professional careers.

Commenting on Mikala’s work, this year’s selection panel which included curator Hannah Mathews and artist Sally Smart said, “Mikala's practice is well established and ever evolving. Firmly embedded in Sydney's arts community through her generous spirit and teaching, her work has continued to explore the alchemic potentials and latent histories of materials while challenging sculptural forms and notions of transformation. Mikala's upcoming solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW is hugely exciting and will see her push the relationship between audience and objects.”

In 2017, Mikala will create new work for a major solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in August, and present work internationally having been invited by the new Foundation Fiminco in Paris to participate in exhibition Triple Point of Matter.

“I'm grateful for this opportunity to really stretch my work into new forms, scales and materialities. With the institutional support of the gallery I believe I can do something I’ve never been able to do before. Creating a total work with four rooms and choreographing the experience of time and atmospheres through these spaces. This Fellowship is crucial to the realising of these projects and will uniquely help in extending and consolidating my practice into new realms,” said Mikala.