CEO Update October 2023

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Image: (L-R) Arts Program Manager Louise Joel, Ian Potter Moving Image Commission awardee Angela Tiatia and Chief Executive Officer Paul Conroy. Image credit: Phoebe Powell.
Welcome to the second edition of The Coronet for 2023. The past four months have been a remarkably busy time for the Trust, and I'm pleased to share an update on our latest news and developments.

In early September, Angela Tiatia's The Dark Current, the final work in the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission (IPMIC) series, premiered at ACMI. Congratulations to Angela on the launch of this outstanding new work, which explores migration, femininity and the intersection of digital and physical realms.

At the premiere, I was delighted to hear Angela speak on The Dark Current's themes and how the commission supported her in pushing the boundaries of her creative practice. I encourage all who can, to visit the exhibition at ACMI, which is running until 4 February 2024, with free entry for all visitors.

In July, the Trust announced a new partnership with the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) to offer the Ian Potter Emerging Performers Fellowships program. This program will award two Fellowships annually between 2024 and 2028 (10 Fellowships in total) to support outstanding ANAM alums in developing independent performance practices and careers. We look forward to seeing the first two fellowships awarded later this year.

You can learn more about the program, its aims and where to apply on our website

In recent months, the Cultural Trust has transitioned to a new grants management system, GivingData. The new system is now live, and onboarding of current grantees will continue over the next few months as grant reporting requirements become due. I want to pass on a special thanks to the Trust staff for all their hard work and persistence throughout this process and thank our grantees for your flexibility in adapting to this new system. 

Finally, congratulations to the 22 emerging artists awarded Cultural Trust grants in the second funding round of 2023. In this edition of the Coronet, we explore the professional development projects of two new grantees - visual artist and writer Tia Madden and circus artist Linda Corazza - whose professional development projects will take them to Cairo, Egypt and Montreal, Canada respectively. We hope you enjoy learning about their overseas opportunities and ambitions for their creative practice.

Paul Conroy


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