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Alice Couttoupes awarded 2018 Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship

Artist receives $25,000 for Paris art studio residency

Artist Alice Couttoupes at work. Photo: Tim Darin

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is pleased to announce young Australian artist Alice Couttoupes is the recipient of the 2018 Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship.

As the recipient of the 2018 Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship, Couttoupes will take up a three-month residency at the Dr Denise Hickey Memorial Studio in Paris. The scholarship awards Couttoupes a $25,000 stipend for living and travel expenses associated with the residency.

Denise Mimmocchi, the Gallery’s senior curator of Australian art and member of the scholarship judging panel, said that international residencies are of enormous value to young artists.

“The Art Gallery of NSW is delighted to partner with the Eva and Tom Breuer Foundation to offer this fantastic scholarship for young female Australian artists,” Mimmocchi said.

“The Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship will be an opportunity for Alice to make new work within a vibrant artist community in Paris. The judges were thoroughly impressed by her application and we are certain this will a very rewarding experience for Alice,” Mimmocchi added.

Based in Dulwich Hill NSW, Couttoupes works primarily with clay in both its vitrified and raw state. Her work focuses on an exploration of the sociocultural and political ideas that inform our interaction with nature.

“In Paris I plan to examine the trope of ‘mastery over nature’ by looking at French formal garden design – such as Versailles – as a socially and culturally symbolic space. Control and surveillance of nature was a prominent feature of French formal gardens, and that is what I intend to explore and respond to in my new work,” said Couttoupes.

“To date, the majority of my work has explored these ideas within the Australian context, so the opportunity to stay in Paris and expand the scope of my research will be hugely beneficial and rewarding. I will continue a recent exploration of working in unfired clay as well as experimenting with new materials in my work – such as mirrors, water, pipes, marble, leather and rope,” added Couttoupes

The Eva and Tom Breuer Foundation established the scholarship three years ago, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of NSW, to support young Australian female artists for the purpose of travel to and study in Paris. The scholarship commemorates the late Eva Breuer, one of Australia’s most loved and prolific art dealers who made a significant contribution to Australian art for over three decades.

About the Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship

The announcement of the Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship is made each year at a special event at the Gallery that brings together the family and close friends of Eva Breuer, in remembrance and celebration of her life.

The recipient of the scholarship is chosen from one of the winners of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ existing residency scholarships that are awarded to up to ten Australian artists each year. Recipients of the scholarships stay at one of two of the Art Gallery of NSW studios at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris – either two months at the Moya Dyring Memorial Studio or three months at the Dr Denise Hickey Memorial Studio.

The Eva Breuer Scholarship provides the winning artist, a female under the age of 35, a $25,000 stipend for travel and living expenses associated with their residency scholarship.

Studios in Paris Scholarships

The Art Gallery of NSW would also like to congratulate the following artists who have also been awarded a Studio Scholarship at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris:

Tracey Clement, Annandale, NSW
Sarah Contos, Elizabeth Bay, NSW
Gregory Hodge, Woonona, NSW
Valerie Kirk, O’Connor, ACT
Giselle Stanborough, Darlinghurst, NSW
Alexandra Standen, Potts Point, NSW
Esther Stewart, Daylesford, VIC

Media contact

Hannah McKissock-Davis
Tel 02 9225 1671