Emerging and Experimental

The Australia Council for the Arts supports artists to take creative risks and develop new types of artistic expression.

Australian experimental arts explore challenging new concepts in the creation and experience of arts and culture. Artists take new approaches to seeding, creating and presenting art through innovative partnerships and collaborative creative processes.

The projects we fund are highly conceptual, contextual and relational. They play with or invent new forms, methodologies, technologies or explore non-material ideas.

These sometimes include art/science research collaborations, bio art, live art, socially engaged practices and new technologies. They often explore ecology, sustainability, urban renewal, and other cultural issues.

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Australian experimental arts explore challenging new concepts in the creation and experience of arts and culture.

Nigel Helyer (NSW) - Australia Council Award for Emerging & Experimental Arts

Nigel Helyer (aka DrSonique) is an independent sculptor and sound-artist who has gained local and international recognition for his large scale sound-sculptures, environmental artworks and interactive projects for museums.

In a recent international collaborative project, “Nomanslanding” the audience interacts physically within a huge, floating multi-channel acoustic-architecture, crossing a water-body to be immersed in a 20 channel audio composition. The work explores concepts of conflict and reconciliation and has been exhibited in Sydney; and the Ruhr Triennale (2015) and in Glasgow (2017).


The Australia Council Award for Emerging and Experimental Arts was introduced in 2015 to recognise the outstanding achievements and considerable contribution of an artist in the field. 

Past award recipients include Madeleine Flynn (2017), Kelli McCluskey (2016) and Stelarc (2015).

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