ACMI announce $100,000 moving image commission

Published:  May 7, 2014

Image: Still from Angelica Mesiti’s ‘The Calling’

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust have announced that the $100,000 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission application process is open.

Following the inaugural Commission, The Calling by Angelica Mesiti (currently being exhibited) ACMI and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust are calling for submissions from mid-career Australian artists for the second iteration of the Commission. The successful artist will receive $100,000 from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and professional support— including highly specialised curatorial, production and presentation expertise from ACMI.

Angelica Mesiti and her work, ‘The Calling’

The inaugural winner, Angelica Mesiti said, “The Commission has been an extraordinary opportunity to focus on one project and work as a full time artist. The creative and personal development I have experienced over the 12 month period has been incredibly rewarding.”

Janet Hirst, Chief Executive Officer of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, said; “We are proud to support this wonderful opportunity for artists interested in exploring the moving image outside the conventions of cinema or documentary.”

Expressions of interest are sought until Tuesday 17 June 2014, and should be for projects that are centred around the moving image and can be created by an individual artist or artist collaborations. The artworks must be designed for exhibition in a gallery context and there are no restrictions on the duration of the work or the number of channels utilised.

The judging panel, chaired by ACMI Director Tony Sweeney, includes experts drawn from across the Australian arts sector, including Annette Blonski (freelance script editor and script consultant), Charlotte Day (Director, Monash University Museum of Art) and Katrina Sedgwick (Head of Arts, ABC TV). Lady Potter AC will act as Special Advisor to the judging panel.

Angelica Mesiti’s ‘The Calling’

The commissioned work will premiere at ACMI in February 2016 as part of ACMI’s high profile national and international exhibition program and will be accessioned to the ACMI Collection to sit alongside works by leading Australian and international artists.

Full details about the application process can be found at

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