Glenfiddich have officially selected five talented finalists for the2017 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize, as the world’s most awarded Single Malt brings its coveted art competition to Australia for a third time to celebrate its commitment to the arts and the communities it serves.



Celebrating its sixteenth year globally, the winning artist will be awarded a unique residency prize valued at $21,000, where they will work and live for a period of three months in 2018 at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. During their residency, the winning artist will create work taking inspiration from the charming location, history, heritage, people and craftsmanship of the Glenfiddich distillery.


Open to the public, an exhibition of the five finalist's work will be displayed at Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s premier international art fair hosted at Carriageworks from 7-10 September, 2017.


The exhibition will also feature a Glenfiddich pop-up bar, where guests can join the Glenfiddich Explorers Program to vote for their favourite artwork. Through voting, guests will go into the running to win an exclusive collection of whiskies from the Glenfiddich range. 


Selecting the winner is a collection of illustrious judges, with Barry Keldoulis (Group Fairs Director) leading the panel alongside Evan Williams (CEO of Williams LandTrust), Dr Gene Sherman (Chairman and Executive Director of the Sherman Contemporary Arts Foundation), Mark Hughes (art advisor) and legendary actress Rachel Griffiths.


The winner will be announced on 18th September following a final tally of votes, with the last round of judging by Artist in Residence Program Curator, Andy Fairgrieve – the colourful, charming, dreadlocked man-in-a-kilt who helps the winning artist bring their work to life each year. He will also be attendingSydney Contemporary and personally meeting each finalist.


The five finalists include:




The Sydney-based artist studied at UNSW College of Fine Arts (COFA) where he completed a BFA with 1stClass Honours in 2008 and an MFA in 2012. Since graduating, he has participated in over thirty group and solo exhibitions. He has been a recipient of numerous awards, scholarships including the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and a finalist in multiple competitions. His painting practice straddles figuration and abstraction as he is interested in imperfect symmetry. This residency would allow him to create work that draws upon the local landscape and the visual history of family crests and heraldry present within Scottish Culture. Drawing upon various elements, he plans to make a Scottish Rococo work, which is emblematic of the locality in which it is made.




Elyse is an emerging artist whose work explores little known narratives that permit her contemplation of creative labour, memories, loss and experience. She has held numerous solo and group shows around Melbourne, including her 2017 solo show titledThe frames that remain, which was exhibited at the Bus Projects, Victoria. If she was granted the residency, she would consider the question; Can the work of contemporary artists help us re-imagine the ways that we learn from history and imagine the past? Her work will contemplate the archive, monuments and memorials as a timeless link to memory as she will research the rich history of Glenfiddich and engage with the Dufftown community. Elyse was introduced to Glenfiddich one summer’s evening in Carrara, Italy, where she celebrated Summer Solstice with a bottle of Single Malt Scotch Whisky and a cigar. It has become a tradition ever since.




Japanese-Australian artist, Tango, and Australian-artist, Walsh, have collaborated on numerous works including Digital Odyssey, Home Gwangju and Traces – Blue.Their collaborative practices bring together site-responsive projection works with a unique mix of textile sculpture, performance and community engagement. During their residency, they would engage with the distillery, its history, and the people of the community to build narrative layers and weave them into a work that is both imbued with history and also looks toward the future of the Glenfiddich Distellery.




Awarded a Master of Fine Art at Sydney College of the Arts, Lillian has been represented by The Commercial Gallery Sydney and her works have been acquired by the Art Gallery of NSW and the National Gallery of Australia. Resulting in large-scale pictorial compositions or collages, her work is informed by the tradition of the image-atlas or Mnemosyne Atlas (Aby Warberg). The legacy and imagery from the archives of the Glenfiddich Distillery would provide a rich core for a new series of collages if awarded the residency. This project would continue her commitment to the materially of obsolete print technologies as well as to cultural histories depicted in found photographs.




Penelope has been a finalist in the Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW and most recently a solo exhibition at Artereal Gallery, Sydney. Previously she has been awarded the Power Institute Award and residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris and at the Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan. Penelope is interested in ‘landscape’ in its widest term, enveloping social, historical and spatial narratives, and the marks of economic issues such as globalisation and trade on the land. She is interested in the Glenfiddich property, and wider Speyside, as she is drawn to the points of porosity: between natural and industrial, town, factory and field, historic, established and emerging industry, global and local.


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