Press Release

Aaron Rees awarded the 10th Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize

Sydney, 01 December 2021

Melbourne-based photographer Aaron Rees has been awarded the 2021 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize for ‘Vanishing Point, 2019’. The prize was announced last night in Sydney.

Now in its 10th year, the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize supports and recognises a new generation of Australian visual artists. Artists in the early stage of their careers were invited to enter an original work – or works – that reflect the theme of the Macquarie Group Collection, The Land and Its Psyche. The Collection has been supporting emerging Australian artists for more than thirty years.

Aaron will receive $A20,000 and a three-month residency in one of Macquarie’s Sydney offices. Aaron’s diptych will be acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection.

Also announced last night was the winner of the Highly Commended Award, Nick Heynsbergh, and the winner of the Nick Waterlow OAM Highly Commended Award, Lisa Ellen Hughes.

Director of the Macquarie Group Collection, Helen Burton, said:

“Congratulations to our winners. The exceptional quality of the finalists’ works reflects the depth of talent to be found among Australia’s next generation of visual artists. This year, we received a record number of submissions and I’d like to congratulate everyone who entered the Prize. Thank you for sharing your unique talent.”

The works submitted by all 10 finalists are now available to view and purchase in the online exhibition.


About the Macquarie Group Collection

The Macquarie Group Collection has supported emerging Australian visual artists for over 30 years. With the theme The Land and Its Psyche, the Collection comprises almost 900 works by artists who, at the time their work was acquired, were in the early stages of their career. Acquisitions are made by a committee of volunteer Macquarie staff and a curatorial consultant.  

Works in the Macquarie Group Collection are exhibited in more than 40 Macquarie Group offices worldwide.

To learn more about the Collection, visit our website and follow us on Instagram: @macquarieart

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