NSW Goverment invests in artistic professional development

Nine visual artists will share in $12,500 in NSW Government funding to help create and promote new works and develop their careers.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the grants help artists expand their creative visions and gives the community an opportunity to experience diverse new works.

“Supporting professional development of artists is a key part of our new Create in NSW framework that guides strategy, investment and partnerships to grow a thriving, globally connected arts and cultural sector,” Mr Grant said.

“Our state has a wealth of artistic talent and the NSW Government is supporting creative talent.”

The NSW Artists’ Grants Program is administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) on behalf of Arts NSW.

The artists who will receive grants under round 4 or the 2015 program are:

Lucas Abela of Waterloo: $1,250 to produce an audio arcade installation, featuring four pinball-musical instrument hybrids at the ninth annual CABLE# festival in Nantes, France.

Kate Blackmore of Paddington: $1,250 to build a new professional website promoting her solo practice.

Kelli-Jean Drinkwater of Marrickville: $2,500 for Monsta Gra, an annual event at The Red Rattler including an exhibition, performance and party presented by the artist collective, Glitter Militia.

Hayley French of Baulkham Hills: $1,250 to produce and exhibit a new body of work in her first solo exhibition, Hints of things we know, at Galerie pompom, Sydney.

Hossein Ghaemi of Summer Hill: $1,250 to present a new work of video installation as a backdrop to a choral performance for St Jerome’s Laneways Music Festival, an outdoor exhibition of sculpture, performance and installation in the grounds of Callan Park.

Juz Kitson of Jilliby: $1,250 to construct two site-specific installations for the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art including an installation at the Art Gallery of South Australia and Samstag Museum of Art.

Deborah Mansfield of Cooks Hill: $1,250 to present an exhibition of sculptural installations, Something Immeasurably Better, with artist Kylie Baynard at Bus Projects, Melbourne.

Laith McGregor of Ocean Shores: $1,250 to present new works made in Indonesia and Australia at Station Gallery, Melbourne. The exhibition will include large-scale framed drawings, sculptures and a painting installation.

Jodie Whalen of North Parramatta: $1,250 to present video work Lifting my Weight at the artist-run initiative FELTspace in Adelaide.

Service organisations play important roles in the areas of advocacy, capacity building, communications and support. Arts NSW provides significant funding to peak bodies and service organisations to provide these specialist services in NSW.

NAVA is the national peak body for the visual arts, craft and design sector. NAVA undertakes advocacy and lobbying, research, policy and project development, data collection and analysis.  It also provides direct service to its members and the sector generally by offering expert advice, referrals, resources, professional representation and development and a range of other services.

For further information about Arts NSW devolved funding, please click here

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Published: 27 January 2016