Artist Stories

The Little Old Cooking Club That Could by Jamie Marie Lewis

The Little Old Cooking Club That Could by Jamie Marie Lewis

04 November 2020

Four years brewing. Two years in the making. Two contingency plans and one reimagination later... Ten years since leaving Singapore, embarking on a post-graduate degree in Melbourne and going on to forge a practice as an artist...

Celebrating First Nations languages and Closing the Gap

Celebrating First Nations languages and Closing the Gap

15 October 2020

Australia is home to the world’s longest continuing living culture – a unique strength, unsurpassed globally, of which all Australians can be proud. First Nations arts are central to understanding who we are as Australians and more Australians now agree that First Nations arts are an important part of Australia’s culture.

Exciting new music reaching new audiences

Exciting new music reaching new audiences

15 October 2020

The shared stories and creativity of millions of diverse peoples who now call Australia home promote respect and empathy, and powerfully connect us to a global community. Australians increasingly agree that the arts allow us to connect with others, help us understand perspectives that are different to our own and impact our understanding of other people and cultures.

Theatre workshops transforming lives by addressing trauma among veterans

Theatre workshops transforming lives by addressing trauma among veterans

15 October 2020

Inspired by the work of PTSD researcher and psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, Theatre for Change is a national first program that supports returned armed service veterans and emergency service personnel to cope with their experiences through theatre workshops with lived experience peers.

Regional arts

Regional and remote artists' creativity shines in major cities and around the world

15 October 2020

The Tennant Creek Brio is an artist collective based in the remote town of Tennant Creek in Warumungu country, Northern Territory. The collective was established in 2016 as an Aboriginal men’s art therapy...

National Innovation Games: Chelle Destefano

National Innovation Games: Chelle Destefano

14 October 2020

Building a sustainable arts and culture sector during these challenging times requires us to embrace technology. The Australia Council has partnered with Paddl to deliver the inaugral Australia Council National Innovation Games, held online in August 2020.

Oliver Mol portrait

Oliver Mol: Marten Bequest Recipient (Prose)

14 October 2020

For Oliver Mol, receiving the Marten Bequest scholarship is “utterly, literally life changing”. As a young writer, he says, “Sometimes, more than anything, we need to hear those words, that someone believes in what we are doing, in us, and that we can, and should, keep going”.

Marshall Stay's portrait.

Marshall Stay: 2020 Marten Bequest Recipient (Acting)

14 October 2020

For Marshall Stay, as for many others, the disruption of COVID-19 has “thrown a spanner in the works". He says the scholarship will allow the time and space to focus on his career in the creative industries “I am humbled to have had this faith placed in me - it’s a very comforting feeling to know that you are believed in and supported for what you’re doing”.

Laura Elizabeth Woollett

Laura Elizabeth Woollett: 2020 Marten Bequest Recipient (Prose)

14 October 2020

Her tip for aspiring young writers - “Don't try to write the next great millennial novel or gen Z novel or pandemic novel, a work has more chance of it being timeless and original if it's born out of your own specific interests”.

Noah Benzie-Drayton dancing ballet

Noah Benzie-Drayton: 2020 Marten Bequest Recipient (Ballet)

14 October 2020

Noah is 17 years old, from Western Australia, He has been studying classical ballet since he was 4 years old. For him, the Marten Bequest scholarship is a step towards his dream of performing as a professional dancer for a major ballet company. When did you decide to pursue a career in dance? I started ballet when I was four years old, following my older sister to dance class. I loved it immediately, and very soon it became a major part of my everyday life. By the time I was ten or eleven, I knew that it was what I wanted to do as my career, so I slowly increased my dancing hours until I started online school in 2017 to allow more time to train.

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