The Melbourne Art Foundation Awards for the Visual Arts is a biennial event that, since 2005 celebrates excellence and outstanding contributions to the Australian visual arts sector. The next edition will take place during Melbourne Art Week, Saturday 4 August 2018 at ACCA.
Young Artist Award
In 2015, Melbourne Art Foundation introduced an accolade for a young artist. The Young Artist Award is bestowed on an artist under 35 and seeks to support the next generation of artistic practice with an international residency.
Residencies offer a unique opportunity for cross cultural engagement and artistic mobility enabling artists the opportunity to extend themselves in different cultural environments.
2015 Daniel Boyd
The Artist Award recognises the outstanding achievement of an Australian artist for a comprehensive body of work.
2015 Bill Henson
2014 Patricia Piccinini
2011 Fiona Hall
The Visionary Award recognises the exceptional contribution of individuals and their demonstrated commitment to progressing the status of contemporary Australian art nationally and beyond.
2015 John Kaldor AM
2014 Peter Clemenger & Joan Clemenger
2011 Marc Besen AO & Eva Besen AO
2009 Ann Lewis AO
2007 Gordon Darling AC, CMG & Marilyn Darling AC
2005 James Mollison AO