NSW Government funding to boost artists’ careers

Almost $80,000 in NSW Government funding will help the careers of 30 artists through professional development programs, research, residencies and the production and promotion of new work.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Andrew Gee said the Government is developing the state’s dynamic creative industries and supporting artists to expand their skills and reach new audiences.

“Our state has a wealth of rising artistic talent and the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to helping artists develop excellence, diversity and innovation in their chosen fields,” Mr Gee said.

“I congratulate the artists and wish them every success to progress their careers, which will no doubt be enjoyed by the wider community.”

The funding programs include NSW Artist Support, NSW Artists’ Grants and Music NSW Quick Response.


NSW Artist Support Program

The NSW Artist Support program funds professional development activities for artists across all art forms with grants up to $5,000. Recipients include:

Samuel James of Rozelle: $4,200 for a two-week residency at the Banff Centre in Canada to finalise the video design for a new solo theatre work.

Brian Fuata of Bondi: $5,000 to present new theatre performances at Performa, an internationally renowned biennial of performance art in New York.

Michaela Gleave of Camperdown:  $5,000 to present visual art works to the 2016 KultureRegion art festival in Stuttgart, Germany.

Michelle Elliot of Coledale: $2,500 to travel to Ararat, Victoria, to install a number of site specific artworks in a survey exhibition.

Hannah Grant of Erskineville: $4,700 to undertake an arts educators’ residency with Arquetopia in Mexico.

Abdul Abdullah of Stanmore: $5,000 for a three-month visual arts residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York.

Lucas Abela of Waterloo: $5,000 to tour his pinball/instrument hybrids to the US for a series of exhibitions.

Katherine Turnbull of Bronte: $4,000 for a visual arts residency in London as well as research trips to the Venice Biennale and the 21st United Nations conference on climate change in Paris.

Danielle Asciak of Rose Bay: $3,500 for a residency at St James Cavalier Centre of Creativity, Malta, to further develop her work using theatre, visual arts, digital media and song.

Jennifer Keeler-Milne of Forest Lodge: $5,000 to exhibit her visual art works in a solo exhibition at Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie.

Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal of Yamba: $5,000 to develop a multi-art form installation performance, Enfold, at Artshouse in Melbourne.

Shevaun Wright of Summer Hill: $5,000 to travel to the US to undertake a visual arts fellowship as part of the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program.

Dr Astra Howard of Botany: $4,400 for a four-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York.

Julian Callaghan of Darlinghurst: $5,000 to research, develop and present a new installation of performance work at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne as part of NEW16.

Lisa Maris McDonell of Woonona: $1,700 to research the notion of personal and internal paradise as part of Tasdance’s TRIP residency dance program.

Dexter Davey of Lisarow: $5,000 for a mentorship with artist Michel de Broin in Montreal, Canada.

NSW Artists’ Grants

The NSW Artists’ Grants program helps visual artists produce and promote their work to wider audiences. The program is administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts on behalf of Arts NSW. Recipients include:

Justin Balmain of Potts Point: $2,500 for a collaborative month-long artist-in-residence program with artist Amelia Wallin at The Wassaic Project in New York

Madeline Beckett of Redfern: $1,250 towards Press Her, an immersive performance installation on the theme of the ‘body’, at the Kudos Gallery in Sydney.

Tessa Zettel of Erskineville: $2,500 towards the documentation of her well-known work, Making Time. The project will result in a publication, the Making Time Cookbook including drawings, recipes, essays and text.

Deirdre Brollo of Hamilton: $1,250 towards Fathom: an edition-based artist’s book. Ms Brollo will complete the remaining six works in the book and market her work to national, state and regional institutions.

Rebecca Gallo of Erskineville: $2,500 towards Make or Break, a collaborative experimental project by with fellow Sydney artist Connie Anthes. The project will involve art audiences as ‘patrons’ in an interactive work at Firstdraft in December 2015.

Caroline Garcia of Summer Hill: $1,250 towards Video Gurl, a performance work on cultural identity and the politics of race through dance, spoken word and small-scale installations. The work will be shown at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists in Sydney, in November 2015.

Elena Papanikolakis of Dulwich Hill: $1,250 towards a new body of work for a solo exhibition, TRIPS, at Firstdraft in November 2015. The works will include collage, painting, drawing and text.


Quick Response Funding

The Quick Response Funding program is for musicians or their managers to attend industry conferences, fairs and other events to showcase new music to national and international industry figures. The program is administered by Music NSW on behalf of Arts NSW.  Recipients include:

Sydney-based band Pirra: $4,250 to attend the Australian World Music Expo in November 2015.

Sydney-based musician Sarsha Simone and her manager Kristie Nicholas: $1,700 to attend the Australian World Music Expo in November 2015.

Adam Katz of Bondi Junction: $440 to attend Sydney’s Electronic Music Conference in December 2015.

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Published: 19 November 2015