Amy Joy Watson - South Australia
Amy grew up in Belair, South Australia and graduated from Adelaide Central School of Art in 2008 with a Bachelor of Visual Art with Honours. Amy has presented solo exhibitions throughout Australia at galleries including Hugo Michell Gallery, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, West Space, GRANTPIRRIE and CACSA Project Space. She exhibited a major sculptural work in Heartland –Contemporary Art from South Australia at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 2013. Amy has been successful in winning several grants through CARCLEW, Arts SA and the Australia Council for the Arts and was awarded the 2012 CARCLEW Ruth Tuck Scholarship which supported a 3-month studio residency at International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York in 2012. Amy was the recipient of the 2012 Critics Circle Emerging Art Prize, the 2013 Qantas Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Award for South Australia and was a finalist in the 2014 Redlands Art Prize, the 2015 Gold Coast Art Prize and for the 2016 Fleurieu Art Prize. She was also successful in winning an Australia Council for the Arts Tokyo Studio Residency which she undertook in 2014. Amy was commissioned to create a major public artwork that was installed in the Australian Catholic University in early 2015. She has work in major collections around the world including the Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Bank and the private collection of Nigel Hurst (director of Saatchi Gallery, London). She resides in Adelaide, South Australia and works out of Fontanelle studios, Port Adelaide and is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery.