Whiskey maker Glenfiddich has announced Joan Ross as the winner of the inaugural Australian Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Competition. The judging panel was led by Andy Fairgrieve Curator as well a number of the Sydney Contemporary International Art Fair Advisory Council including Rachel Griffiths, former Lord Mayor Lucy Turnbull AO, and Mark Hughes.
The judges said they were impressed by the calibre of the entries, choosing seven finalists instead of the five, which was the original plan. The final seven included Joan Ross, Cameron Robbins, Marc Standing, Luke Storrier, Liam Benson, Deb Mansfield and Troy Emery.
“Given the incredible standard and quality of the seven finalists, it was never going to be an easy task to choose just one to join our residency program next summer at distillery” said Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Curator Andy Fairgrieve
Joan was chosen as the winner as the body of work she produced did not only demonstrate her technique and skill through her hand painted prints and digital animation, but each of her works tells a unique story about Australian colonisation.
“I feel we have an outstanding artist and personality with Joan, Given her artistic concerns surrounding appropriation of land through colonialism and the environmental issues she subtly addresses, I know she will find a rich vein of source material to inform new works once she sets foot on Scottish soil next summer. I look forward to welcoming her to the Glenfiddich Distillery next year” said Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Curator Andy Fairgrieve.
Joan will have the opportunity to live and work for three months at the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown, Scotland alongside artists from Scotland, India, China Taiwan, Canada and Korea.