ANCA Critic-in-Residence

 2018 Critic-in-Residence Program Recipients:

Caren Florance and Oscar Capezio.



The ANCA Board and Art Monthly Australasia magazine are excited to join forces to co-present the ANCA Critic-in-Residence (CiR) program for 2018.

The ANCA CiR is a unique initiative aimed to nurture the talents and provide pathways for up-and-coming visual arts writers within the ACT. The program offers two writers a five-month stipend each, a mentorship with Art Monthly Editor Michael Fitzgerald and publishing opportunities online and in print as well as a 12-month subscription to Art Monthly. The inaugural recipients are Caren Florance and Oscar Capezio.

With a creative practice focused on textual poetics, including artist books, prints and installation work, Caren Florance will be ANCA’s CiR from February until June 2018. Caren teaches art and design and is in the final stages of a PhD at the University of Canberra. Her artwork is widely collected and her writing about art, poetry and their intersections has been published in publications such as Artlink, Art Monthly, Imprint and Meanjin. Caren believes that the residency opportunity will allow her to contribute widely to contemporary creative discourse, and particularly to the past and present shiftings between material and non-material art practices.

An artist and curator, Oscar Capezio will be ANCA’s CiR from July until November 2018. Oscar completed his studies at the ANU in 2015, graduating with First Class Honours and receiving the Janet Wilkie Prize for Art History. His artwork traces the dilemmas of being an artist in the world, performing the curatorial, and playing the viewer. His published texts have included a catalogue essay for Emma Beer’s 2016 exhibition ‘It’s all about Eve’ as well as contributions to Art Almanac. Oscar regards the ANCA residency as a professional development opportunity that will develop his writing and further his skills in arts communication.

The ANCA Board and Art Monthly Australasia magazine are thrilled to collaborate with these two art writers and to further develop an innovative writing program aimed at establishing and promoting new literary voices within contemporary art discourse.


For any queries on the ANCA Art Writing and Criticism initiatives, please contact Karena Keys at ANCA on (02) 6247 8736 or