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Sessional academic in Deakin's School of Communication and Creative Arts, Ashley Kerr, photographer/artist and graduate of Deakin currently undertaking PhD at Monash, won the Agendo 2011, a $10,000 non-acquisitive prize for young emerging artists from Australia and New Zealand.
The prize was established as an initiative of Camberwell Grammar to support young emerging artists. The prize money was donated by Peter Crone architects. There were over 200 entrants culled down to 60, and included many higher degree candidates from across the Tertiary sector.
Rob Haysom was chief judge with two others, and opened the exhibition later in the night, Wednesday 3 August 2011.
David Ashley Kerr's work was an unanimous choice by the judges and was well received by the large crowd that attended.
Earlier this year David Ashley-Kerr jointly exhibited in 'In Solitude: Todd Fuller and David Ashley-Kerr', 13 April - 21 May 2011, at Deakin University Art Gallery.
David-Ashley Kerr's large-format photographic works explore the visual relationship between culture and the environment through the staged solitary figure in landscape photography. He explains, 'I attempt a representation of archetypes in mainstream culture that bridge a relationship between cultural identity and physical environment.'
We are proud to have Ash teaching ACM203 (Photographic Practice) and ACM335 (Studio and Professional Photography) in our program and this good news is welcomed by his colleagues.
Photos taken at Deakin University Art Gallery during the 'In Solitude: Todd Fuller and David Ashley-Kerr' exhibition.