YAI – Young Artist Initiative

.M Contemporary is proud to present the BresicWhitney Emerging Artists Award. The BresicWhitney Emerging Artist Award supports newly graduated emerging artists with the annual YAI exhibition.

Supporting newly graduated emerging Australian artists 

YAI was founded in 2013 as an annual initiative that encourages and promotes newly graduated artists from UNSW Art and Design, The National Art School and Sydney College of the Arts. The exhibition gives selected artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in a commercial gallery and sell their work to collectors. They are eligible for the prestigious BresicWhitney Emerging Artist Award. This year the emerging artist award will consist of $5000 prize money for the winning artist and $2000 for a highly commended artist.

The exhibition will incorporate twenty artists from a wide range of disciplines; which include photography, video, painting, printmaking, installation and performance art.

This year the following emerging artists were selected to be represented in the YAI 2015 exhibition: 

  • Machiki Motoi (NAS) – Winner 
  • Annelies Jahn (NAS) – Special Commendation 
  • Syed Farrez Ali (NAS) 
  • Lisa Tolcher (NAS) 
  • Sean Wadey (NAS) 
  • Nadine Lee (SCA) 
  • Engry BirdZ (SCA) 
  • Daniel Grosz (SCA) 
  • Rebecca O’Callahan (SCA) 
  • Kai Wasikowski (SCA) 
  • Lisa McCleary (COFA) 
  • Jane Gutheleben (COFA) 
  • Jessic Barraket (COFA) 
  • Shilling Wu (COFA) 
  • Brendan Barnacle Duck (COFA) 
  • Lachlan Herd (COFA) 
  • Olivia Wilson (COFA)
  • David Yuan (COFA) 

“It’s also one of the only opportunities for students from all three universities to exhibit together. So I want them to meet each other, mingle because for artists your support once you leave uni are other artists”

– Michelle Paterson, Found and Director at .M Contemporary