Artist Andrea Eckersley has been named winner of the Royal Como Art Commission – a $10,000 prize awarded to one student from Monash University’s Art Design and Architecture faculty (MADA).

The brief was to create an artwork for the foyer of South Yarra’s luxury apartment building, Royal Como – a deliberately blank “gallery” space. Eckersley’s winning piece is a large-scale abstract wall painting, incorporating folded origami pieces and textured forms.

“I think the space of the foyer – kind of private, but kind of public – is a really interesting space to work with,” she says. “Generally my work is displayed privately in someone’s home, or publicly in a gallery. This is something of an in-between.”

Eckersley’s work was chosen from a shortlist of six by judges Sonia Simpfendorfer, creative director at Nexus Designs, and Callum Morton, head of fine art at MADA.

“Awards like this are a vital part of building the practice of young artists,” Morton says. “It enables them to spend more time on their work, and gives them a chance to have a permanent work in the public sphere.”

Eckersley’s painting will appear in the Royal Como building when it is completed in 2017 – an example of Melbourne’s art scene steadily and subtly creeping its way into our daily lives.

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