Congratulations to Tully Arnot, who has been announced a finalist to the John Fries Award 2015, one of Australia and New Zealand's most covetable awards for emerging contemporary artists.
Tully Arnot is, indisputably, one of Australia's busiest practicing artists. Since picking up the Inaugural NAB Private Wealth Emerging Artist Award in association with Art Month Sydney in September, he has presented numerous solo exhibitions (including Trace Etc at Artereal gallery in March 2015) and group exhibitions. In March, he was also awarded the prestigious Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, awarding the artist $20,000 over two years.
As part of his solo exhibition, Trace Etc, at Artereal Gallery, Tully spoke In Conversation with Sydney Contemporary 15 Director, Barry Keldoulis and was also filmed providing further insight into the work in this exhibition from his studio at Redfern's 107 Projects (available to view above).
This week, Tully Arnot also launched a Pozible campaign in a bid to raise money for a project, Digital Forest, that he would like to get off the ground for Underbelly Arts 2015.
In his explanation on the crowdsourcing platform, Arnot elaborates on his intentions for the project:
"Digital Forest is a new sculptural installation created for Underbelly Arts Festival 2015 on Cockatoo Island, Sydney. The artwork will consist of 300+ 'robotic' plants which use light sensors, servo motors and Arduino micro-controllers to create an interactive relationship between the audience and this electronic foliage.
This installation develops on a previous work Nervous Plants, winner of the 2014 NAB Private Wealth Emerging Artist Award. The new work will refine the technology that I developed in that work, as well as increase the complexity of the interactive components and greatly expand the scale of the work. "