PhD graduate wins Blake Established Artist Residency

Tracey Clement wins Blake Residency

Tracey Clement installing her work Metropolis Experiment at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre for the 65th Blake Prize

Congratulations to Tracey Clement who was awarded the 65th Blake Prize Established Artist Residency at the official launch of the Blake Prize exhibition at Casula Powerhouse Art Centre (CPAC).

This year there were 769 entries for the Blake Prize from Australian and overseas artists. One of Australia’s longest standing and most prestigious prizes, it encourages conversation about spirituality and religion through art.

Tracey, who completed her PhD at SCA last year, was awarded the Blake Residency prize which includes a one-month residency at CPAC and a solo exhibition.

Her winning work, Metropolis Experiment, 2017, pictures a post-apocalyptic vision of a ruined city. The sculpture was made in direct response to J.G. Ballard’s novel The Drowned World and was part of her SCA PhD project Mapping The Drowned World.

“I am so excited to have been selected as the winner of The Blake Prize Established Artist Residency,” said Tracey.

“It is an amazing opportunity to develop new work and then show it in a major cultural institution. I'm both thrilled and honoured.”

During the residency Tracey plans to do R&D for a new suite of sculptural works in the form of ruined model cites.

An exhibition of the 80 Blake Prize finalists is on display at CPAC until Sunday 1 July 2018.

For more information about the exhibition and prize winners visit the Casula Powerhouse Art Centre website.