Shan’s work was selected to represent the University at the Hatched exhibition, which features 37 artists from 20 art schools across Australia and is currently showing at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Doctor Harold Schenberg Art Prize of $35,000 has been awarded to one outstanding Hatched artist allowing them to further invest in their career.
Of his inclusion in Hatched and his prize win Shan said, “To be included in the Hatched exhibition was huge for me as it was, being selected for the prize was completely unexpected. The opportunity to work with PICA staff and to have curatorial support has been really valuable and now to have this recognition is just so encouraging. Winning the Schenberg prize and knowing that people are connecting with my work will really allow me to further explore the concepts and processes that I’m interested in.”
Hatched is open until 9 June and features 37 artists from 20 art schools across Australia. 2013 Hatched curator, Tim Carter said, “I’m always intrigued to see the unfolding concerns of this pool of new artists as they reference and revisit the familiar histories of their disciplines, whilst drawing on their own languages, to comment on the state of play now.”
Shan will be travelling to Myanmar in June, having been awarded the Jennie Thomas Travelling Art Scholarship in 2012, to exhibit his Honours project and to work on a new body of work reflecting his experiences in his ancestral homeland.
You can see Shan’s work on our Callaghan campus. As part of the University’s history and heritage project, Shan photographed the former Dean of Law Neil Rees. His portrait hangs in the Law School, located in the McMullin building.
From next week an exhibition of Shan’s undergraduate and Honours work will also be in the Chancellery foyer exhibition space.