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.
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.
The second funding round for 2018 saw 17 emerging artists awarded $143,194 in grants. Grantees will travel to 12 countries, including Finland, China, Argentina and Canada, undertaking a range of professional development programs in areas such as virtual reality technologies, comic art, documentary filmmaking, and music composition.
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.
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.
Screen composer and new grantee Angela Little is destined for big things. With nine years of professional experience composing for film, documentary and television, she is ready to take her practice to the next level, by exploring new directions in screen music and working towards her goal of becoming a lead composer on internationally recognised projects.
Since presenting at her first international conference in Maine and undertaking a residency at The Wassaic Project, New York, 2016 grantee Georgia Saxelby has established herself in the U.S. as an artist to be reckoned with. She wrote to us from Washington DC about the ethos behind her project To Future Women, which memorialises last year’s historic Women’s March and has received widespread acclaim.