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The Victorian College of the Arts’ School of Art is proud to announce Ross Coulter as the 2011 winner of the $25,000 Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship.

Ross Coulter, who completed his Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2007, aims to use the Murdoch Fellowship for 18 weeks of travel through Europe as well as New York and Hong Kong to further his artistic research into multi screen video installations and investigations into large format analogue prints and printing techniques.
The winning artwork by Ross Coulter, 10 000 paper planes, was a major project undertaken at Victoria’s State Library involving shooting video and still photography of the release of 10,000 paper planes into the La Trobe domed reading room. The fellowship will bring this long-term project into a new phase of professional development and opportunity.
The judges, Kathy Temin (artist), Max Delany (Director, Monash University of Art) and Jan Murray (Head, VCA School of Art) were very impressed by the recent graduates’ works. “While the judging was initially challenging due to the high standard of all the individual work, the result was in the end unanimous,” said Ms Murray.
Ms Murray said they found the work “to be both light in touch and yet ultimately quite profound - 'light' in the playful irreverence of the planes soaring throughout the space and profound in the manner in which the work transformed the iconic space of the library and reading room. This mesmeric work had a wonderful effect making you return to view it as it slowly revolved through the space. It is quite simply a sophisticated, very beautiful and captivating work.”
The prestigious Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship for VCA Art graduates is awarded biennially, through the generosity of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, AC, DBE. The Fellowship has maintained the spirit of the National Gallery Travelling Scholarship, which was first awarded to John Longstaff in 1887.

The Travelling Fellowship is designed to allow a young artist to travel and study overseas at a particularly important period in his or her career. Previous winners of this award include Steven Cox, Jon Campbell, Vera Möller, Andrew Hazewinkel and Linda Tegg.
The 17 short-listed finalists will be exhibited at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery from 15 – 23 July 2011.
The 2011 Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship Exhibition
Exhibition dates: Friday 15 July – Saturday 23 July.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm - 5pm
Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 40 Dodds Street, Southbank.
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