Dance makers, performers and educators Maddy and Frankie have been working together since 2006, when they met while studying at the Victorian College of the Arts. They each received a Cultural Trust grant in 2013 and 2015 respectively, and are now both based in Mparntwe/Alice Springs. We spoke to them about their joint practice, their experience living and working regionally, and their current work developing a new home for dance in Central Australia, GUTS Dance.
Visual artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran was awarded a Cultural Trust grant in 2015 to complete a mentorship with Vipoo Srivilasa and participate in the Beyond Limitations, Clay Mentoring Program. Here he meditates on the evolution of his work since, how working and exhibiting in the Asia-Pacific region has shaped his studio practice, and whether he still consider himself an emerging artist.
Multi-disciplinary artist, pedagogue, curator and writer Kym Maxwell will travel to Barcelona to undertake a residency and mentorship with fellow artist and educator Jordi Ferreiro. Here she tells us how her experience as an educator inspires and informs her practice, how she feels about the title of emerging artist, and a major new work she is working on to be exhibited at MUMA in early 2019.
Actor and writer Ben Noble has been performing for years, and is finally read to commit himself fully to his craft. A Cultural Trust grant will assist Ben in studying Contemporary and Classical Text (Acting) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which will see him undertaking a residency at Shakespeare's Globe in London as well as collaborations with Playwrights Studio Scotland and University of Edinburgh's Playwrighting Masters in the development of new work.
The opportunity to work with Brett Dean was a long time in the making. I’ve always been a big admirer of Brett’s, both as an instrumentalist and composer. Back in 2011 when I was studying viola at university a friend introduced me to Brett’s wife Heather at interval of a concert that included Brett playing his viola concerto, and we got chatting and I mentioned that I was performing Brett’s work Intimate Decisions for solo viola in a few weeks. Brett caught wind of this and about a week later I found myself at his house in Melbourne, and for a few hours we worked on the piece.
Located in a converted school in the countryside three hours north of Helsinki, the Arteles Creative Residency Program brings together international artists to focus exclusively on their creative practice in a supportive and communal environment. Four past grantees, working in visual arts, music, media and literature, have participated in the program, most recently 2018 grantee and writer Peter Walsh.
Animal Alone observes the artist as both animal and prisoner, held captive by the structures in which they form and are formed. Prioritising transparency, independence and a surrendering to desire, this project continues my enquiry into the accessibility of intimacy in an increasingly individualistic world.
I first met Carol Yinghua Lu at the University of Melbourne in 2016, when I helped organise and facilitate the first session of Asian Art Dialogue, now consistently programmed at the university. As a young academic and creative, it was important for me to hear and learn from her those years ago, so I made the effort to stay in touch until the opportunity arose to collaborate.
Stephanie Fynn is an artist and designer whose current design practice centres on developing interactive projection artworks for people of all abilities. With the support of The Cultural Trust, Stephanie will attend a series of five workshops at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Denmark, with a focus on people-centred, accessible and inclusive design.
Last year soprano and 2017 grantee Georgia Wilkinson undertook a series of vocal tuition and mentoring opportunities in both London and New York with the support of The Cultural Trust. Here she writes about her experience and what it has made possible since her return to Australia.