ANCA Art Writing & Criticism Awards

ANCA Annual Writing Prizes

The winners of the 2016 ANCA Writing Prizes are:

Category 1: Rebecca Richards, for her review of Hayley West’s solo exhibition Remnants of the dead and demands on the living at ANCA Gallery in February-March 2016

Category 2: Anna Madeleine, for her essay on the work of Matt Ellwood, published in Art New Zealand

Category 3: Melinda Smith, for Manifest, a poem responding to Material Poetics exhibition at ANCA Gallery in August-September 2016


Submissions were sought for three categories, each with a $500 prize:

Category 1 – A critical review (published or unpublished) of an exhibition held at ANCA Gallery OR featuring an ANCA Studio Artist in 2016.

Category 2 – An essay (published or unpublished) written on a theme of relevance to contemporary art by a writer resident in the Canberra region in 2016.

Category 3 – A creative response (e.g. poetry or fiction) to an exhibition or artwork exhibited in the ACT in 2016. 

The judges for the 2016 ANCA Writing Prizes are David Broker, Director of Canberra Contemporary Art Space; Deborah Clark, Senior Curator of Visual Art, CMAG; Australian writer Nigel Featherstone; ANCA Chair Annika Romeyn, and former ANCA Gallery Manager Annika Harding.

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

ANCA Critic-in-Residence Award

The ANCA Critic-in-Residence for 2016 is Chelsea Hopper. 

For the first time in 2015, ANCA awarded a residency as a Critic-in-Residence for a period of three months. Jess Oliver was the ANCA Critic in Residence from March to June 2015, and during this time wrote many reviews and essays which featured in publications including The Canberra Times, exhibition catalogues and on the ANCA website. The position of the ANCA Critic-in-Residence is for an emerging writer resident in the Canberra region whose folio of written work shows the aptitude and capacity to make a significant contribution to the Canberra visual arts (including craft and design) scene through a series of reviews, essays and artist profiles that will be published on the ANCA website. 

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