2012 VCA Graduates Alliance Française Award Exhibition

Each year in November since 2003, the Alliance Française de Melbourne (AFM) awards some of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) graduate students the ‘Alliance Française Award’. This award consists of a group exhibition at the Alliance Française’s Eildon Gallery the following year.
The selection is never an easy task but always a real pleasure. Wandering through the many corridors, rooms and buildings of the Graduate and Master Exhibitions to ensure we view all the works, and as always engrossed in the talent, creativity and innovation that emanate from the school, we finally selected four outstanding artists: Annika Koops (Master of Fine Art) and Annette Broadfoot, Fred Fowler and Andrew Treloar (Master of Contemporary Art). All four experienced artists work with various art practices and subjects and have come together to bring you this group exhibition, which we are proud to present in our gallery.

Official Opening by Jan Murray (Head, School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts)
Tuesday 20 August, 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

20 August to 26 September
At Alliance Française de Melbourne

Annette Broadfoot
Fred Fowler
Annika Koops
Andrew Treloar


Born in country Victoria, Annette currently enjoys living across Melbourne and Sydney. Her ancestry is French Canadian (Quebec).
Annette enjoyed an extensive international consulting career over twenty years, presenting to large corporations, while living in London and New York before changing her career towards the art world.
She completed her Masters of Contemporary Art at the Victoria College of the Arts (VCA), at the University of Melbourne, having completed a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts at VCA and a Diploma of Visual Arts at Victoria University.  
Annette has participated in private, solo and community exhibitions in both Melbourne and Sydney.
The relation between art and human condition are a constant enquiry.  
My aim is to create visionary and profound statements that comment on the emotive human condition by provoking the viewer to illicit their own private emotional enquiry of their own “space and boundaries”.
My works pursue an automatist technique of spontaneous happenings and displays of random stains.  Each image is a fragment of a stain. -  This is how we see things; how we remember what we don’t fully understand. Creation is always cumulative, developing in an intuitive way.
“It depends on those who pass, whether I am a tomb or treasure
Whether I speak or am silent, the choice is yours alone.
Friend, do not enter without desire.”
(Paul Valery)



Fred Fowler is a Melbourne based artist specialising in painting, sculpture and printmaking. Fred has a long and esteemed history in Melbourne’s graffiti and street art culture. A number of his earlier stencil works formed a part of the Space Invaders exhibition, held at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, in October 2011. Fred’s first major exhibition was his 2001 debut ‘Raiders of the Lost Art’, held at the former A.R.T Gallery Eden in Collins Street, Melbourne. This exhibition was described in the new McCulloch Encyclopedia of Australian Art as “one of the first private gallery exhibitions in Melbourne by a graffiti artist”. In 2011, following a year living in Paris, Fred commenced his Postgraduate studies in visual art at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2012 Fred completed the Master of Contemporary Art degree, and in recognition of the work completed during this degree, was selected as the recipient of the 2012 National Gallery of Victoria’s Women’s Association Award for excellence.
Between 2001 and 2012, Fred has participated in a number of solo and joint exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney.
Fowler’s work is held in the National Gallery of Australia collection, as well as in private collections in Australia and overseas.



Annika Koops is an artist currently living and working in Melbourne Australia. She has been invited to participate in a number of International exhibitions such as the Inaugural Bristol Biennial and the Project(or) Exhibition Rotterdam as well as having exhibited at a range of public institutions, artist run spaces and private galleries nationally. Annika has been the recipient of a number of significant grants and prizes including the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Traveling Fellowship in 2007, Australia Council New work grant and an Australian Postgraduate Award. She has undertaken National and International residencies as well as having work in significant Australian public collections such as Art Bank and MONA Hobart. She is represented by Nellie Castan Gallery Melbourne and Bett Gallery Hobart. Annika Koops’ work explores the impact of networked technologies upon human relations and the formation of self.  By exploring new representational paradigms involved in the intertwining of painting, photography and digitally generated imagery, her work reflects upon the break down of barriers between physical and virtual space and its psychological implications



Since making a high school choice between art and fashion, it was perhaps inevitable that a question would remain ‘what if the other path had been taken?’  
This interest gained momentum in 2005 during a life-drawing workshop at the scout hall in Byron Bay.  Regular drawing classes followed, in a small tutored group in Hawthorn with Michelle Caithness.  
Andrew has been pursuing his art practice through study at the Victorian College of the Arts and Music since 2010, and has participated in various group shows.  His first solo exhibition was at Kings ARI.  
He has won a number of awards and grants including the Mary and Lou Senini Award at McClelland Gallery and the Fiona Myer Award.
Andrew Treloar works in transit between disciplines known as fashion design and contemporary art. Currently, his major project uses movement as a methodology to make installations, which offer the viewer a series of propositions to negotiate.  He seeks to locate the persona using objects and images found in fashion, sport and dance.  Materiality, anamorphism and extreme-scale aim to function in Andrew’s practice to imbricate the viewer with the work. Andrew Treloar is currently studying 1st year of his Master of Fine Arts in the School of Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne.

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