Shoufay Derz wins the 2016 Carstairs Residency Prize

NAVA and the Bundanon Trust are pleased to announce that Shoufay Derz is this year’s recipient of the Carstairs Residency Prize.

Shoufay Derz is a Sydney based artist of both German and Taiwanese ancestry. Through the mediums of photography, sculpture and video installation her recent artwork is a personal reflection on death and the meaning of emptiness.

As the recipient of the award Shoufay will complete a residency at Bundanon January - February 2017 where she will create new video, text and sculpture works inspired by the natural landscape of Bundanon and the Shoalhaven river. These works will be shown at Manly Art Gallery and Museum and Artereal Gallery, Rozelle NSW in 2017.

The Carstairs Residency Prize offers assistance to a mid-career Australian visual and media arts, craft or design practitioner to undertake a one-month residency with Bundanon Trust in the South Western Slopes of NSW.

Named after the Carstairs, this prize draws its name from an intriguing and eccentric blend of writers, poets, painters, pianists, and illustrators who immigrated to Australia from Fife, Scotland, in the 19th Century. The residency takes place at the breathtaking Bundanon Trust, situated by the Shoalhaven River where Arthur and Yvonne Boyd once resided. When they gave their land Bundanon to the trust, they hoped that fellow artists would breathe its intrepid air, journey curiously down untrodden avenues and delve deeper into the imagination.

Image: Shoufay Derz, Someone digging in the ground (1 and 3 of 3). Archival print on archival cotton paper, custom made cedar frame, stained natural with eucalyptus and rust. 104 x 111 cm