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Rome residency awarded to NAS graduate

Gina Fairley

The National Art School has announced the recipient of British School Rome Residency.
Rome residency awarded to NAS graduate

Detail of Kimber's painting North in his exhibition at Liverpool Street Gallery this year.

Mason Kimber has been awarded this year’s prestigious gig offered to either a a Master of Fine Art graduate or a member of the academic staff of the National Art School.

Kimber graduated just last year, completing his Masters degree in painting. He will travel to the prestigious British School in Rome for a three-month studio-based residency starting 2 April.

One of the leading foreign academies in Rome, the British School at Rome has for over a century provided a unique and remarkable interdisciplinary environment for the pursuit of excellence in the visual arts, architecture and the humanities. 

Kimber said, ‘I've never travelled to Rome before. The architectural history of the city is so vast and unique. I have no doubt my experience living there will have a profound influence on my work.’

The Rome Residency was initiated in 2010, and has been made possible by private donors, this year including Jennifer Dowling. She said, ‘It gives me enormous pleasure to see a talented artist develop their potential.’

Director of National Art School Director, Michael Snelling said, ‘Through his Master of Fine Art studies and subsequent professional practice, Mason has shown great promise as a contemporary painter and we have no doubt he will benefit enormously from this opportunity. His interest in ‘architectural memory’ lends itself perfectly to the eternal city, and there is great potential to collaborate with a host of resident architects, historians, archaeologists and writers within the British School at Rome.’

Kimber added, ‘My focus will be on researching the theme of “architectural memory”.’

Mason Kimber heads to Rome 2 April to 30 June.

Installation view Kimber's exhibition at Liverpool Street Gallery. Source masonkimber.com

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Gina Fairley covers the Visual Arts nationally for ArtsHub. Based in Sydney you can follow her on Twitter @ginafairley.

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