Artist Stories

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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.

Catherine Kovesi: How witlessly lucky we were …

Catherine Kovesi: How witlessly lucky we were…

13 October 2020

Ingenuity, gilded beauty, and fragility might be the watchwords for Venice in these surreal, liminal, COVID days. Plagued by mismanagement and scandal, no one in the city had quite believed the MOSE gates would ever be completed, let alone work. And yet on 3 October, a forecast acqua alta of 135cm was reduced to a mere 70cm and the city’s lowest point, the Piazza San Marco, stayed completely dry.

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Australian artists reach audiences in Japan, through remote instruction and collaboration

01 October 2020

‘Acts that bridge vast distances have enormous and lasting significances.’ – Raqs Media Collective, Artistic Directors, Yokohama Triennale 2020

Why arts engagement matters

Why arts engagement matters

14 September 2020

Often, the most powerful forces in our lives can be the hardest to quantify. The subtle, fluctuating levels of our own wellbeing, confidence and connections are core to our happiness, our sense of security, our decision-making and much of our economic activity.

First Nations Arts Awards 2021

First Nations Arts Awards 2021

10 September 2020

Nominations are now open for the 2021 First Nations Arts Awards. Celebrate an artist who has made an impact on your life by nominating them for a Red Ochre Award for outstanding lifetime achievement or the Dreaming Award for an emerging artist.

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Akolkol Dastan Gesa: SAME DRUM

04 September 2020

Akolkol Dastan Gesa is a community arts and cultural development (CACD) project that enables young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to be leaders in telling their own stories.

Creating Our Future

Creating Our Future: Results of the National Arts Participation Survey

27 August 2020

This report is the fourth study in the landmark research series that explores Australians’ engagement with and attitudes towards the arts. The National Arts Participation Survey asks how Australians are engaging with arts and creativity in our daily lives.

PJ Rosas – Profile of a First Nations stage manager

PJ Rosas – Profile of a First Nations stage manager

26 August 2020

PJ Rosas is a Yidinji Mbarbrum man whose people are originally from the Atherton Rainforests. He has worked as a professional stage manager for over 20 years and has toured nationally and internationally with major companies, with theatre and music festivals.

INTEL: Episode 7 - Looking back to look forward

INTEL: Episode 7 - Looking back to look forward

25 August 2020

In this bonus episode we chat with First Nations artist, curator and writer Jacob Boehme. Jacob has worked across North America, Europe, North Asia, South East Asia and South Asia, and we chat to Jacob on the wisdom of ancestors and elders on country...

Watch the replay of the 2020 First Nations Arts Awards

Watch the replay of the 2020 First Nations Arts Awards

20 August 2020

Formerly called the National Indigenous Arts Awards, these significant awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding creativity and lifetime achievements of Australia’s First Nations artists.

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