The Melbourne Art Foundation Awards for the Visual Arts is a biannual event that, since 2005, celebrates excellence and outstanding contributions to the Australian visual arts sector.
In 2015, the awards were held at the distinguished Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria, with esteemed arts presenter Fenella Kernebone our MC for the night, and presentations by Anna Pappas, Chair, Melbourne Art Foundation, and Nikos Papastergiardis, Professor, The University of Melbourne.
The Visionary Award, presented by Rupert Myer AO, Chair, Australia Council, recognizes commitment to progressing the status of contemporary Australian art nationally and beyond. This year the award was presented to John Kaldor AM, for his passionate commitment to supporting contemporary Australian art and artists.
Bill Henson received the Artist Award for his outstanding achievements over the past forty years, with the award being presented by Henson's good friend Barry Humphries via video link.
This year, the Melbourne Art Foundation has augmented these prestigious awards with an accolade for a young artist. The Young Artist Award is bestowed on an artist under 35 and seeks to support the next generation of artistic practice with an international residency. This inaugural award was presented to Daniel Boyd by Max Delany, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria.
Singalongs with the wonderful Robyn Archer, as well as a performance by Adam Simmons and Nick Tsiavos kept everyone entertained throughout the night.