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 water-colour 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.
Bradley Hammond gathers bulrushes from river banks to make the reed pens that are integral to his large scale plant drawings. These new works merge natural history and minimalism.
After studying travel and living overseas Nicole returned to her hometown of Bathurst and found herself drawn to the surrounding landscape and its rich cultural history as a theme for her art practice.