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.
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.
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.