Video work takes out top prize at Fisher’s Ghost art award

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A video work called The Dark Current has won the open prize at this year’s Fisher’s Ghost Art award.

Angela Tiatia, the artist who submitted the work, was presented with her prize on Friday night at the Campbelltown arts centre.

The open is worth $50,000 in prizemoney.

Through The Dark Current Angela Tiatia explores contemporary culture, drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place, often through the lenses of history and popular culture.

 “This is a visual poem about loss, love and hope,’’ Tiatia said about her winning work.

“I lost my mother this year. This work begins as homage to her, young and hopeful.

“Then into the present, confronted by fragments of our lost path, we face our biggest challenge, climate change. The future is untameable and untimed.”

Campbelltown Mayor George Greiss congratulated Ms Tiatia on winning the open award and thanked all the artists who entered works.

“We had another great group of entries this year which made it very difficult for the judges to pick winners across each category,” Cr Greiss said.

“The Fisher’s Ghost art award is our region’s premier art prize and continues to enjoy a growing reputation across Australia, so I encourage everyone in the community to come down and see the works on display,” he said.

“I’d like to the thank all the sponsors from Campbelltown and the wider region who have once again supported the exhibition, as well as our sister city Coonamble Shire Council, who have sponsored the traditional award.”

This year’s Fisher’s Ghost art award open prize was judged by artists Savanhdary Vongpoothorn and Telly Tuita, and CEO of Museums and Galleries of NSW, Brett Adlington.


A still image from The Dark Current. TOP: open prize winner Angela Tiatia with judge Telly Tuita and Mayor George Greiss.


  • Angela Tiatia—The Dark Current
  • Nic Fern—A woman looking at men looking at women (Highly Commended)


  • Todd Fuller—No use crying over ripped lace
  • Jayanto Tan—The Table of Silence: The Only G.A.Y. in the Village (Highly Commended)


  • Simon Nicholls—The Last Civic Video Night Padstow

Macarthur Award:

  • Maryanne Wick—Cruel, Clever, Cat

Aboriginal Art Award:

  • Dennis Golding—Back Home From Home

Macability Award:

  • Jess MacNeil— Among the eternal resonance of murmur and flare — over and under and between and through — pulsed soft whispers from the future to the past
  • Oliver Fontany—PG (Highly Commended)


  • Zahra Margo—Night over Fisher’s Ghost Creed
  • Carly McGillicuddy—King Dog
  • Rui Seneviratne—Bust


  • Kiera Field—Traditional Wonders
  • Kira Rean—Self Regulation
  • Sasha Shynkarenko—The Regin of Victoria
  • Felisha Wiid—Untitled

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