Council has announced the recipients of its 10 international residency programs.
Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski said the International Residencies Program
provided important artistic and market development opportunities for artists as
well as valuable cultural exchange and networking experience.
“The Australia Council
has offered international residencies since 1979 when the first one was
established in New York, and since then hundreds of artists have benefitted
from the program,” Mr Grybowski said.
“The Council recently
reviewed the program using extensive research and analysis to provide the best
residencies to Australian artists.
“The program is now
open to all art forms and is more flexible and responsive to new and emerging
global trends to ensure the highest quality artistic development experiences
for Australian artists internationally.”
Mr Grybowski said the
Council received 315 applications from across the country for 10 international
residencies in Berlin, London, Paris, the United States,
Rome and Helsinki in a number of art forms, including two new hosted residency
programs in upstate New York.
“These new programs are
hosted by leading residency providers and offer a comprehensive program for the
artists,” Mr Grybowski said.
offered in dance and music at the Omi International Arts Centre, and emerging
and experimental arts at The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing
Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.”
The OMI Dance residency
has been awarded to KAGE Creative Director Gerard Van Dyck, who will
participate in a program that promotes collaborative practice, experimentation
and artistic renewal. He will also make connections with dance artists across
New York with the aim to forge creative opportunities.
Rachel Arianne Ogle, set and lighting designer Benjamin Cisterne, and composer Luke
Smiles have received the EMPAC residency as a trio to develop the second stage
of a new interactive dance and installation work.
The Cité Internationale
des Arts, Paris and the HIAP Helsinki residencies were open to all art form
areas for the first time, creating new opportunities for choreographer Shian
Law and experimental artist and Aphids Artistic Director Willoh S. Weiland.
Shian will use his time
in Paris to be mentored by Jennifer Lacey and collaborate with Europe-based
Afro Caribbean dancer/musician/DJ Justin Kennedy to explore the representation
of race, gender and sexuality in contemporary performance.
Willoh will use the Helsinki
residency to continue the work developed for the 2016 ANTI Festival for
Contemporary Art in Finland, where she won the International Prize for Live Art
in 2015. Using elements of video,
sculpture and live event, the work will explore how moments of great historical
significant become obsolete.
The Nashville residency
for songwriters and musicians has for the first time been awarded to a woman –
Rebecca Chilcott, aka Ruby Boots, from Western Australia. She will use her time in Nashville to write
new work for her second album, and to increase her profile in the United States.
To see the full list of
recipients, go to: https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/awarded-grants/
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