Case studies

Michelle Boyde, Genevieve Murray and David Patman on the Lake Margaret pipeline track as part of creative development for The Lake, 2017. Credit: Joel Spring.

The Unconscious Collective (UnC)

20 August 2018

The Unconscious Collective (UnC), established by David Patman and Michelle Boyde in 2014, is an informal collaboration of artists working with sound, movement, contemporary and digital art and design. UnC’s application to Arts Projects Individuals and Groups was funded by the Emerging and Experimental Arts panel in 2017.

Michelle Hamer, On the Road to No where, mixed yarn on perforated plastic, 67.5 x 104cm

Michelle Hamer

04 May 2018

Michelle Hamer is a Melbourne-based visual artist with a background in architecture. She was recently supported by the Australia Council for an Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups application to the Visual Arts panel. Michelle received $18,424 for the work that formed the exhibition One Wall Two Jails which opened in September 2017 at the Sydney branch of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Image: Courtesy Comic Art Workshop

Comic Art Workshop

04 May 2018

In 2017, Comic Art Workshop received a $10,000 Arts Projects – Organisations grant via the Literature assessment panel. Established by Elizabeth MacFarlane and Pat Grant in 2015, Comic Art Workshop is an artist retreat for graphic storytellers. Fourteen authors from Australia and a few from overseas are taken somewhere remote, like an island off the coast of Tasmania or a South East Asian city. It's a traditional literary workshop but for visual storytellers.

Fayen d’Evie

Fayen d’Evie

03 November 2017

In 2016, Fayen d’Evie was awarded a $16,525 grant in the Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups category, for her new tactile work Hand(s) On, Hand(s) Off. Fayen selected the Arts and Disability panel to assess her application. Fayen is an artist and writer based in rural Victoria. Her practice explores drafting, editing and translation of texts and paintings as interdependent methods for critical, imaginative and poetic enquiry.



24 October 2017

The Edge Ensemble is the core performing company for Western Edge Youth Arts (WEYA). They received $45,000 through the ‘Arts Project for Organisations’ category for the development, presentation and touring of Caliban, a new work by this ensemble of artists from Samoan, Vietnamese, Maori, Ghanaian, Croatian and Sudanese backgrounds. The Edge Ensemble chose the Theatre panel to assess this application.

Sanaz Fotouhi

Sanaz Fotouhi

14 October 2017

Author Sanaz Fotouhi is the Director of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators Inc. (APWT), an association for writers, literary translators, publishers, and others interested in promoting writing from the Asia Pacific region. Sanaz was recently awarded a $17,500 Career Development grant to learn from outgoing APWT director Jane Camens, as well as to attend relevant festivals, gatherings, and conferences nationally and internationally. Sanaz chose the Literature panel to assess her application.

Maria Zajkowski: the impact of a Career Development Grant

Maria Zajkowski

25 September 2017

Maria Zajkowski was awarded a $6,350 Career Development grant in 2016 by the Literature assessment panel. Maria is a poet and lyricist. Her first collection of poetry, The Ascendant, was published by Puncher & Wattmann in 2015, and won both the 2011 and 2012 Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prizes. Poems from The Ascendant feature on the album Render by US ensemble Roomful of Teeth.

Antony Hamilton

Antony Hamilton

04 August 2017

In 2015, Antony Hamilton was awarded an Arts Projects for Individuals grant, for which he received $12,500. Antony chose the Dance assessment panel to assess his application, which was to support an international tour of his work, Meeting. Meeting was recently nominated for two 2017 Bessie Awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Music Composition/Sound Design. The work pairs his own choreography with dancer and choreographer Alisdair Macindoe’s machine-making practice.

Natalie Dietz: Writing a Grant Application Helps to Refine Your Goals as an Artist

Natalie Dietz

25 July 2017

Composer Natalie Dietz discovered that the grant writing process itself helped to articulate her vision, which led to a unique opportunity for artistic growth. Natalie received $24,963 when she applied to the Music panel for a Career Development grant in March 2015. Image: Natalie with American composer Paul Williams, receiving the ASCAP Herb Alpert National Young Jazz Composer’s Award.

Artist Michael Buckley and one of his works in the FRISE Gallery

Michael Buckley

23 January 2017

Michael Buckley is a visual artist whose work is influenced by his experience of brain dysfunction. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2011 and now uses his personal circumstances as inspiration. ‘I am working with the idea that ‘my brain is now not me,’ he says. Michael applied for a Development grant and received $12,950 in March 2015. He chose the Arts and Disability panel to assess his application.

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