Empowering a new generation of artists


The Qantas Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Award.  

Over the six years of sponsoring the Award, the Qantas Foundation has provided more than $750,000 in funding and Qantas flights to enable the artists advance and promote their artistic careers. The Award’s ongoing success is due to the seamless collaboration between the Qantas Foundation, Arts Council Australia and Artspaces around Australia, whose patronage continues to advocate and support Australian contemporary art. Each Artspace nominated three artists for consideration, and a Panel of Australian art experts selected one artist from every State and Territory as the Award recipient.

Impressing the 2013 Judging Panel, was the diverse scope and high calibre of Community Residency projects proposed by each artist. A particular highlight was the level of time, thought and effort each artist will invest, to ensure local communities are involved, engaged and interactive with their contemporary art project.

Examples of the various Community Residencies are; using family photos and story-telling in a local nursing home to bridge the gap between young and old; collaborating with a local paint shop to develop a specialised range of metallic colours to be widely available; and engaging a local Somali community through traditional and non-traditional flag making workshops.

Sydney Artspace hosted the 2013 Award Celebration, which was attended by seven of the eight State and Territory recipients, several senior art luminaries and leaders of the art community. 

Ben Quilty, Official War Artist and Trustee of The Art Gallery of New South Wales, presented the artists with their Award as guests were shown a visual display of their works. Ben’s entertaining Keynote Address included witty anecdotes, personal stories and insightful viewpoints, which delivered a strong message and made a lasting impression on the guests.

Each year, the Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Award grows in renown and prestige. Within the art community, it has become a respected accolade, and recipients benefit from greater acclaim, wider recognition and an amazing platform for their artistic careers.

Ben Quilty with the recipients of the 2013 Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Contemporary Art Award

The Qantas Foundation would like to congratulate the following 2013 Award recipients:

Australian Capital Territoy - Kate Barker


New South Wales - Khadim Ali


Northern Territory  - Yinimala Gumana


Queensland - Joseph Breikers


South Australia - Amy Joy Watson


Tasmania - Anne Mestitz


Western Australia - Abdul-Rahman Abdullah


Victoria - Mark Hilton