Dale Collier is based in Newcastle, one of Australia's largest port cities with train and songlines escalating all the way back out through red dirt country. He works across all disciplines of sound video, performance, and installations while examining contemporary roles of First Nations artist, activist, and ally.
Debbie Taylor-Worley is a Gamillaraay woman originally from north-west NSW and now based on the Tweed Coast. Her practice ranges from works on paper, canvas and ceramics with an emphasis on utilising natural pigments, dyes, ocean water, ochres and resins. Driven to reconnect with her heritage after the birth of her daughters, Taylor-Worley’s artwork honours the powerful carved trees (dendroglyph) of her Country, many of which have been destroyed in the colonial pursuit of agricultural land.
Image: Debbie Taylor-Worley, Beyond Gavrinis, 2018, installation view. Canvas and mixed media (100x180) clay, sand. Photo by Andrew Willis.
Dr Fiona Foley is a leading contemporary Australian artist with a practice encompassing painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed-media work, found objects and installation to examine and dismantle historical stereotypes. Fiona will use the $10,000 scholarship to travel to her traditional Badtjala country surrounding Hervey Bay and Fraser Island to create a new series of gouache paintings on watercolour paper.
Rachel Peachey and Paul Mosig with their children Sascha and Jack collaborate using photography, video, textiles, sculpture and found objects to look at human / environment relationships and the idea of artist as both maker and curator.
Duke Albada is a multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on socially engaged practice. Her work explores relationships within communities, surveying the social and cultural identity in relation to place.
Harrie Fasher is an Australian artist whose sculptures explore the horse and its relationship to humans on a physical, historical and mythological level. Harrie is an accomplished equestrian athlete giving her the skill and experience required to describe the form and movement of the horse with attention to anatomical accuracy.
James Blackwell's artwork centres on themes of nature, silence, structure and meditation. Utilizing natural materials gathered from the Australian bush and other resources, he reconfigures the materials into grid-like formations often in a 3 dimensional manner with the use of textured and handmade papers as a support.
Encouragement Award - Rochelle Summerfield based on the NSW North Coast won a Windmill Encouragement Award in 2014. She creates images in new and mixed media of sassy women, exploring the female experience in suburbia and the Australian Bush.
Joint Winner - Karen Stone is a paper artist living in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Australia. Inspired by flowers, floral pattern and the medium of pulp-paintings, her art practice weaves together fabric, memory and meaning to revisit and reflect upon the past.
Joint Winner - Sally Chicken won the Windmill in 2013 with her application looking for assist in a project with Outback Arts in Coonamble in the central west of NSW. Her art practice explores her my identity as a white female in rural, regional, post-colonial Australia.