An opera singer, a dancer with disability, a jeweller and
a spoken word poet are among 99 emerging artists to be given a boost by the
Australia Council in the latest round of ArtStart grants.
Australia Council Executive Director Grants Frank
Panucci said applications were received from across the country and the
successful artists were working in a range of artforms, including dance, music,
theatre, visual arts and literature.
“ArtStart provides up to $10,000 to recent arts
graduates wanting to establish a career as a professional artist,” Mr Panucci
“Since 2009, just over 1,000 grants have been
awarded to emerging artists to help kickstart their career.
“Funding can be used for services, resources,
skills development and equipment to help establish an income-generating career
in the artform they have studied.”
This round of ArtStart recipients include
Indigenous dancer with disability Joshua Pether (WA), poet Zenobia Frost (Qld),
opera singer Josephine Grech (Vic), contemporary jeweller Courtney Jackson
(SA), and spoken word poet Lorin Reid (NSW).
“Joshua will use his ArtStart grant to visit the
United Kingdom to work with dancers with disability, undertake training with Candoco
Dance Company and participate in ImPulsTanz. He is also undertaking a research project on peoples’ ideas
of dance perfection and how the disabled body is perceived,” Mr Panucci said.
“Zenobia Frost will embark on a six-month
mentorship in Australia as well as another in London, which is a continuation of
her mentorship with Warsan Shire, Young Poet Laureate of London and recent Arts
Queensland Poet in Residence. She
will also attend the Black Forest Writing Seminars in Germany and undertake a
two-week poetry master-class and residency.
“Josephine will travel to Europe to undertake
private tuition from key European-based coaches, conductors, artists and
directors, including Australian soprano Yvonne Kenny. She will also participate in an intensive eight-week German language
course and undertake acting and stagecraft classes.
“Courtney will set up a workshop in the Metal
Design Studio at the Jam Factory in Adelaide and buy tools and equipment. She will also participate in a series
of workshops in stone setting and jewellery findings.
“Lorin will spend her ArtStart year in the US,
where she will develop her craft through participation in poetry workshops,
events and training. She will also
create a performance video to be posted on YouTube to promote her work.”
Previous ArtStart recipient Harry Edwards (Tas) will
launch an album of his jazz compositions recorded with The Harry Edwards Trio at Tasmania’s Clarence Jazz Festival in
February. He used some of his
grant on guitar tuition in the niche style Jazz Manouche from experts in North
America and France.
“The compositions have all been written, developed,
recorded and released during my ArtStart year, and I can happily say the CD is
a direct result of the study I was able to do with artists abroad using my
ArtStart funds,” Harry said.
Applications are now open for the next ArtStart round,
which closes on 3 March. To be
eligible, applicants must be a recent creative arts graduate and present a
viable plan outlining proposed ArtStart activities, demonstrate artistic potential
and display a commitment to their chosen field.
For more information, go to: https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/new-grants-model/artstart/
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