2017 Fellow: Nicholas Croggon

Columbia University, Department of Art History & Archaeology

Area of study: post-war European and American art

Nicholas Croggon is an art historian and critic, and is currently completing his PhD in art history at Columbia University, New York, focusing on the intersection of film, video and avant-garde art in the 1970s.

Nicholas is the co-founder and co-editor of the Australian contemporary art journal Discipline, the editor of the online art history journal, emaj and has written widely on contemporary Australian art.

Nicholas graduated with first class honours in Art History and Law from the University of Melbourne, and before commencing his PhD worked for four years as a lawyer: first at commercial firm DLA Piper and then at the public interest environmental law office, Environmental Justice Australia.


2016 Fellow: Mark Hilton

International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP)

Area of study: Sculpture, Painting and Drawing

Mark Hilton is a contemporary artist and is currently part of the Ground Floor residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, New York.  Hilton’s practice is driven by a fascination with the passage between the impossible and the inevitable.

Hilton has exhibited widely, including Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Canberra Contemporary Art Spaces, Canberra; Galerie Petronas, Kuala Lumpur; The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne and Careof, Milano. He has undertaken several residencies, including at Viafarini Galerie, Milano, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne and CoLab Projects, Texas. 

2014 Fellow: Aaron Cooper

University of Melbourne/Parson, The New School for Design

Area of study: Sculpture, Installation and Photography

Aaron Cooper is a contemporary artist who undertook a Masters of Fine Art at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York. Working across sculpture, installation and photography. His practice investigates social, spatial and urban conditions from intersections of art and architecture. He has received recognition from the Australia Council for the Arts, Bill Perrin Sculpture Foundry Prize, Ironside Studios Award and Victoria Harbour Young Artists Initiative.

2013 Fellow: Jessie English

Sydney College of Arts / Parsons, The New School

Area of study: Photography

Jessie English is a photographer who did her Masters Program in Fine Arts at Parsons, The New School. Her practice manipulates photography to investigate power structures, gender, and the nature of public and private memory. She has exhibited her photomedia and installation works in Sydney, Berlin, Malmo, New York, and London. Jessie holds an undergraduate degree in Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts.

2012 Fellow:  Caitlin Breare 

University of Melbourne/ New York University

Area of Study: Art Conservation

Caitlin Breare pursued her Masters of Conservation at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her study involved using technical analyses, in combination with historical research to help understand materials and techniques of artists and inform treatment decisions for artworks, as well as practical training in various treatment methods. Her specific interests include the parallels between 19th century American and Australian painters’ techniques, and the relation between visual perception and conservation theory/practice.