University of Melbourne Magazine

Small works for a big anniversary

  • Esther Stewart

    Esther Stewart

    An exhibition to celebrate 150 years of art at the Victorian College of the Arts and its antecedent institutions will enable recent graduates to enjoy a measure of financial support during the early years of their careers.

    The 9 x 5 NOW exhibition, part of the ART150 celebration, will feature more than 150 works by prominent alumni at the VCA, including 2016 Sulman Prize Winner Esther Stewart (BFA(Hons) 2011, MACM 2014), pictured above.

    Proceeds from the sale of the works will fund the Art150 Alumni Fellowship.

    The exhibition title is derived from the size of the works on show. All will be nine-by-five inches, recalling the cigar-box lids used as canvases in the 1889 9 by 5 Impressionism Exhibition featuring National Gallery of Victoria Art School alumni.

    9 x 5 NOW will be held in the Margaret Lawrence Gallery in June. For more on this story, head to ART150.