At the age of 20, Amie Patching is already a highly skilled circus artist, with over ten years of training and experience. Amie has specialised in hand balancing since 2012, and will now take her practice to the next level as she commences a Diploma of Collegial Studies in Circus Arts at L'École Nationale de Cirque de Montreal.
Samantha is a creative producer who facilitates and produces performing arts and participatory experiences across a range of scales and formats. A Cultural Trust grant will see Sam travel to the United Kingdom to undertake a series of residencies with community arts organisations, and to research theatre created with communities, for communities.
Earlier this year, 2015 grantee Kate Lefoe's film Somersault Pike was selected for the prestigious Accelerator Shorts Program as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival. Here explains the premise behind the film, her practice, and the journey to making a feature length film.
As a performer and writer, comedy is Scott Sheridan’s greatest passion. With the support of a Cultural Trust grant, Scott will study improvisational comedy at The iO Theater and The Second City in Chicago, while immersing himself in Chicago’s celebrated comedy and theatre scene.
Earlier this year, Cultural Trust grantee Emily Hunt traveled to Jaipur to undertake a mentorship with Ajay Sharma, a highly respected master of Indian miniature painting. She wrote to us from Berlin to tell us about the experience, and how she is now applying the skills she learnt from Ajay in her current practice.
Cam McLachlan received a Cultural Trust grant to attend ImPulsTanz, a major contemporary dance festival in Vienna, Austria, and to participate in Summer University at the Performing Arts Forum, St Ermes, France. The experience proved to be transformational, both personally and artistically, and catalyzed a period of collaboration and creativity that Cam details here.
New grantee Roland Ellis will travel to New York City to embark on a mentorship in filmmaking and big data research. The opportunity to write and direct a short film with a US-based mentor, production house and crew promises to assist Roland in establishing himself as a unique and independent voice in the international film industry.
Rising star Bianca Scudamore is the first Australian dancer in over 20 years to be accepted into the preeminent Paris Opera Ballet School. With the support of a Cultural Trust grant, Bianca will complete her final two trimesters, at the end of which she will audition for her chance to be contracted with the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet Company.
New grantee Amelia Lever-Davidson will soon be traveling to London to undergo mentorships with leading lighting designers, Paule Constable and Jon Clark. She hopes these placements will help further shape her individual vision and lighting aesthetics, and allow her to build professional connections in the international theatre industry.
Since her years as an undergraduate, Gretal has aspired to study silversmithing in Europe, where there is a strong tradition of the craft. With the help of a Cultural Trust grant, that dream will now become reality, as she continues a Masters in Jewellery, Silversmithing, and Related Products at the Birmingham City University School of Jewellery.