Dr Ric Spencer (presenting paper by Elizabeth Delfs)




Fremantle Arts Centre, Australia


Dr Ric Spencer is an artist and writer and currently Curator at Fremantle Arts Centre.  He was until recently (from 2004 - 2010) the art critic at The West Australian newspaper, since 2000 he has been an academic at Curtin University of Technology where he is currently Adjunct Professor. Spencer has been involved in numerous art activities as a writer, artist and project manager, he has shown his own work in Australia, Asia and the UK including at PICA, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, 1aspace in Hong Kong and Intermedia Space at Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Art and his work has been published in Australian, UK and American arts journals including Art Papers, City Journal and a-n Magazine. He writes for various art publications and has written catalogue essays for many artists including Edward Burtynsky, Narelle Autio, Deborah Pauuwe, Darren Siwes and Maschi Fontana. Spencer holds a first class honours degree from Curtin University and Glasgow School of Art, a Doctorate of Creative Arts from Curtin University and is co-director of Spencer Johnston Art Books.

Paper title

Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award supported by Little Creatures Brewing: Novelty Cheques, Free Beer and New Audiences


Fremantle Arts Centre has a long standing commitment to print which began in 1976 with the establishment of an Australian award known as the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award. As Australia's longest running annual exhibition and competition in print, the exhibition provides a snapshot of the dynamic artistic output of ideas and processes in print including artists' books, with each artist in the running for the $12,000 acquisitive prize. The competition is inclusive of photographic and multi media works, and includes a significant number of Indigenous artists. The competition attracts over 300 entries annually and exhibits around 45 works.

Over the past decade the FAC Print Award has increasingly attracted entries from artist's whose practices expose and engage print making in outcomes that are sculptural, performative, pictorial; works that are an exploration of the material culture of print, dealing with themes of authenticity, originality, accessibility, globalization, the environment, identity, social and political history, mass reproduction and dissemination. All of these works highlight the relevance of print within contemporary art practices.

This paper charts some of the shifts that have taken place during the life of the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award and the way these changes reflect the increasing diversity and experimentation of works in print by profiling some of the past winners and notable entrants.


Friday 30 September


1:30pm - 3.00pm







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