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Latest VicArts Grants recipients announced

Date: 22 October 2014

The first Indigenous Literary Festival and a project to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War are among the recipients of the latest round of Arts Victoria grants which will provide $1.4 million to artists and arts organisations across the state.

Announcing the funding through the VicArts Grants program today, Minister for the Arts Heidi Victoria said the round reflects the diversity and strength of Victoria’s renowned arts sector.

"From contemporary music projects to classical concerts, novels to comics and performances or artworks that bring together professional artists and community members, these projects serve as yet another illustration of Victoria’s national arts leadership," Ms Victoria said.

"The 88 VicArts Grants projects will provide career development opportunities for more than 2,500 artists and arts workers across the state and will see Victorian talent go on show in regional towns, at iconic Victorian art spaces and at prestigious international events."

The round includes support for:

  • New albums by bands including folk act Sweet Jean, rock group The Getaway Plan and refugee hip-hop act FLYBZ, featuring guest vocalists Paul Kelly and Ella Hooper;
  • International residency and touring opportunities in Germany, Korea and the USA as well as Victorian-based collaborations with international guest artists;
  • Events including the Bonnie Doon Music and Busker Festival, the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields classical music program; and
  • Professional and artistic development programs including mentoring programs for playwrights, printmakers, refugee and immigrant communities and young people.

"VicArts Grants is a highly competitive program and I congratulate all of the latest recipients," Ms Victoria said

"With so much creativity, so many cultural events and celebrations on offer across the state and beyond, it’s not only our artists who benefit from arts grants – all Victorians can reap the rewards," Ms Victoria said.

VicArts Grants recipients

Abbotsford Convent Foundation on behalf of Jon Butt, ABBOTSFORD, $22,000
For a program of events and exhibitions by emerging and leading Australian artists both in a gallery setting and throughout various locations within the Abbotsford Convent.

Adrian Rafter - Milwaukee Banks, FITZROY, $5,038
The production of hip-hop electronic duo Milwaukee Banks' debut full length release.

Joanna Anderson, NORTHCOTE, $6,000
Development of a new comic book in collaboration with two artists.

Artlink, FULLARTON, $15,000
Contribution to Victorian writers’ fees to produce four themed special issues of Artlink Magazine in 2015.

Arts Mildura Inc on behalf of Tom Nicholson, MILDURA, $40,000
A multi-disciplinary project, involving community members and artists Tom Nicholson and Raafat Ishak, which will create a new large-scale work.

Arts Project Australia, NORTHCOTE, $12,000
Creation of a series of 3D soft sculptures and one documentary video for a solo exhibition.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Cazerine Barry, DAYLESFORD, $13,100
For the development of a performance work involving text and choreography to be presented through Child Maternal Health Centres and hospitals in Central Victoria.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Tim Darbyshire, FITZROY, $12,500
Development of a new dance work.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Mick Douglas, SOUTHBANK, $30,000
The Victorian component of an international cross-artform program that will take place in 15 countries throughout 2015.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of David Finnigan, BALACLAVA, $20,000
To support the Victorian edition of TippingPoint, a 5-day intensive creative laboratory which will bring together Victorian, national and international artists and climate scientists to develop a series of new climate-art projects.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Moira Finucane, NORTH FITZROY, $35,000
A 12 month program that works with over 60 Victorian artists and arts workers and delivers Victorian artworks to a variety of audiences in Melbourne, regional Victoria, and internationally.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Suzanne Kersten, NORTH MELBOURNE, $20,000
For the presentation of a multi-disciplinary work for 8–12 year olds that includes sound, film and maps, at the Daejeon Arts Centre in Korea.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Prue Lang, PORT MELBOURNE, $27,500
Development and presentation of a new dance work.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Jodee Mundy, BRUNSWICK EAST, $30,000
Development of a multi-sensory live arts project exploring the fascinating world of Deafblind culture.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Theresa O'Connor, WEST MELBOURNE, $12,600
For the development of a pop up puppet show.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Naomi Ota, PRESTON, $15,000
A final development followed by the premiere season of a multi artform performance and installation by Victorian artists and community members from the Castlemaine region, in collaboration with Theatre Nottle from Korea.

Ben Manusama, CLIFTON HILL, $10,816
The release of a new album by electronic artist Ben Abraham. The album will include 13 complementary new visual works by a Victorian artist, one for each song on the album.

Big West Festival on behalf of Tesfaye Gebre Hana, FOOTSCRAY, $12,400
The development of a community theatre work performed in Amharic by a cast of teenagers that explores the experiences of Ethiopian youth.

Bonnie Doon Recreation Reserve Incorporated, BOONIE DOON, $5,000
The presentation of the Bonnie Doon Music and Busker Festival, a community event celebrating country, bluegrass and folk music.

Born in a Taxi, ALTONA NORTH, $13,500
Presentation of a new performance work exploring faith.

James Brennan, NORTHCOTE, $8,000
The creative development of a new performance exploring the relationship between parole officers and offenders.

Katie Britchford, FITZROY NORTH, $6,000
For a residency and exhibition opportunity in Germany.

Byron Perry, DAYLESFORD, $8,000
Creative development of a new dance work.

Andrew Curtis, CREMORNE, $8,000
Development of a series of photographs exploring the decommissioned Amcor (Australian Paper Mill) site in Fairfield.

Dr. Sanné Mestrom, COWWARR, $8,000
Development of a large-scale installation and sculptural work.

Efren Pamilacan Jr, SUNBURY, $15,000
For a community based collaborative performance that explores the history of Melbourne’s west incorporating urban artforms including hip-hop, breakdancing and street art.

George Egerton-Warburton, COLLINGWOOD, $12,000
Development of a series of installations and video works.

First Nations Australia Writers Network, ULTIMO, $49,600
Presentation of the first Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival to be held in Melbourne in 2015.

Madeleine Flynn, NORTHCOTE, $20,000
The development of a new site responsive dance and music work.

Fraser A Gorman, BRUNSWICK EAST, $10,000
For the promotion and presentation of a debut full-length album.

Gasworks Arts Park, ALBERT PARK, $20,000
For the presentation of a season of contemporary theatre and dance works showcasing established and emerging artists from Victoria and nationally.

Going Down Swinging, CLIFTON HILL, $30,000
A twelve month artistic program including the publication of a 300-page anthology of fiction, poetry, visual art and essay.

Jennifer Green, WEST FOOTSCRAY, $12,000
Development of a crime fiction manuscript.

Christopher Handran, GEELONG WEST, $6,000
A visual arts residency at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Los Angeles to develop a new body of work, exploring stereoscopic digital video and interactions between art and science.

Rebecca Harkins-Cross, BRUNSWICK WEST, $12,000
Final development of a manuscript that examines key moments in Australian cinema ranging from the industry's inception to today.

Jonathan Heilbron, ELWOOD, $5,000
The development, performance and recording of a body of new music for solo double bass.

Verity Higgins, BALLARAT, $18,900
Rehearsal and presentation of a new theatre piece inspired by the life of pioneering Australian mountaineer Fred Du Faur.

Jesse Hooper on behalf of Fablice Manirakiza, SOUTH MELBOURNE, $10,000
The composition and recording of new work by refugee hip-hop act FLYBZ, featuring guest vocalists Paul Kelly and Ella Hooper.

HotHouse Theatre Ltd on behalf of Emily Goddard, WINDSOR, $25,000
A solo theatre work based on stories of the female convicts and the performances they created to mock the authorities.

Lou Hubbard, ST KILDA, $8,000
Presentation of a solo exhibition of new video and sculpture artworks across five gallery spaces.

Sharon Huebner, NORTHCOTE, $16,000
Development of a manuscript focusing on the story of an Aboriginal woman sent to Victoria from a mission in Western Australia in the 1800s.

Insite Arts International Pty Ltd on behalf of Stephanie Lake, FITZROY NORTH, $20,000
Second stage development of a new full length dance work that looks at notions of personal responsibility and ethics.

Insite Arts International Pty Ltd on behalf of Tamara Saulwick, SEDDON, $20,000
For final development and presentation of an installation and performance work.

Insite Arts International Pty Ltd on behalf of James Saunders, NORTHCOTE, $17,000
The final-stage creative development of a new hybrid theatre work.

Insite Arts International Pty Ltd on behalf of Anna Tregloan, DARLINGTON, $15,000
Victorian participation in the Australian Exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial of Space and Design.

John Bailey, SEDDON, $16,000
Creative development of a graphic novel based on real events in which an Australian theatre company visited a Japanese tsunami- devastated town to work with local children.

Lynne Kelly, CASTLEMAINE, $12,000
Development of a literary non-fiction manuscript demonstrating the memory techniques used by non-literate societies to store and share knowledge of their culture.

La Compania, BRIGHTON, $18,000
Presentation of a program of performances featuring diverse and rarely performed music from the Renaissance and early Baroque periods.

Alex Lashlie, BALACLAVA, $10,000
The recording and presentation of a debut full length album.

Paula Lay, EAST MELBOURNE, $7,000
Presentation of a solo dance work.

Bronwyn Lovell, BRUNSWICK, $12,000
Development of a new science fiction novel.

Jesse Lubitz, ELWOOD, $7,500
The writing and recording of twelve new works for folk-pop group Tinpan Orange’s new album.

Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, MELBOURNE, $22,000
The programming and presentation of a season of performances, exploring five centuries of music.

Melbourne Jazz Co-operative, BENTLEIGH, $30,000
Presentation of the Melbourne Jazz Co-operatives 2015 Concert Series program.

Monash University on behalf of MUMA, CAULFIELD EAST, $20,000
For the presentation of a group exhibition in Istanbul, running from early September to late November 2015.

Monash University, CAULFIELD EAST, $5,900
The development and recording of collaborative work featuring jazz music and Indian classical slide guitar.

Monash University on behalf of Nicholas Mangan, CAULFIELD EAST, $11,198
Presentation of an installation at the New Museum’s ‘Generational Triennial’ in New York, 2015, the first time an Australian artist has featured in the prestigious event.

Amanda Ma, WERRIBEE, $14,316
Development of a performance work that explores the history of the author's Chinese ancestors.

Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc on behalf of Victoria Chiu, FLEMINGTON, $22,000
Final development and presentation of a new dance work that explores Chinese Australian cultural identity.

Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc on behalf of Nadja Kostich, MONBULK, $11,863
A creative development of an interdisciplinary work inspired by the story and shared history of three Papua New Guinean women.

Murray Arts Incorporated, ALBURY, $30,000
A year-long program of workshops, professional development and creative arts based projects designed to support the careers of Aboriginal artists and the broader community across North East Victoria.

Geoff Newton, MELBOURNE, $8,000
Development a suite of paintings.

Geoffrey O'Connor, THORNBURY, $8,350
The recording of a new full-length album featuring duets with a range of Victorian singers.

Outer Urban Projects, MELBOURNE, $50,000
Development and presentation of a large scale symphonic balletic work.

Minh Phan, PASCOE VALE SOUTH, $5,000
For a collaborative, multi-artform project which will bring together three Vietnamese Australian artists to create works that reflect on the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.

Phunktional Ltd., MELBOURNE, $26,000
Development and presentation of a community-based hip-hop dance and music project that explores themes of immigration and female empowerment.

Playwriting Australia, REDFERN, $11,000
A project working to identify, develop and promote new plays by emerging Victorian playwrights from Asian-Australian backgrounds.

Chloe Powell, NORTHCOTE, $10,000
For the presentation of the Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Fair.

Michael Prior, NORTHCOTE, $8,000
Development of a major sculptural work.

Mariaa Randall, BRUNSWICK EAST, $14,720
Development of a dance piece.

Right Now Inc, KENSINGTON, $14,000
Publication of twelve long-form literary non-fiction works about human rights issues, written by both established and emerging Australian writers.

Riot Stage Youth Theatre, BRUNSWICK EAST, $9,500
For the creation of a performance work that explores the current obsession with the apocalypse and the concept of End of Time.

John Romeril, CASTLEMAINE, $25,000
Development of new theatre work written for, and dedicated to, performer and icon Jack Charles.

Nina Ross, MELBOURNE, $5,000
Research and creation of a new body of work using high-definition video.

Saskwatch / Terrific Industries, FITZROY, $21,000
The recording and production of a new album by soul group Saskwatch.

Screen Space Ltd, NORTH MELBOURNE, $11,000
For a series of contemporary art exhibitions, including international and local, emerging and established artists.

Sleepers Publishing Pty Ltd, COLLINGWOOD, $19,000
Presentation of the tenth anniversary publication of the Sleepers Almanac - Project X.

Sonia Leber and David Chesworth on behalf of Sonia Leber, NORTHCOTE, $10,720
For the international presentation of a new video work.

Southern Ethnic Advisory and Advocacy Council (SEAAC), OAKLEIGH, $40,000
For a Theatre Engagement Program which will bring together newly arrived and migrant young people living in the City of Casey and City of Greater Dandenong.

Spindly Figures Pty Ltd, RIPPONLEA, $20,000
For the presentation of a multi-artform performance for kids and families that incorporates theatre, film-making and puppetry.

Sweet Jean, BRUNSWICK, $7,500
The recording and production of a second full-length pop-folk album.

The Getaway Plan, HAMPTON, $13,168
The recording and release of a full-length hard rock album.

The Ownership Project, FITZROY, $20,000
An artist in residence program, focused on etching and printmaking, which will involve artists from refugee, newly arrived migrant, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of Greater Melbourne.

The Push Incorporated, BRUNSWICK, $10,000
The development of promotional material for the Tuesday Night Song Club live series of events.

Barry Lee Thompson, PRAHRAN, $12,000
Creative development of a collection of twelve short stories.

Sam Twyford-Moore, NORTHCOTE, $14,000
For the presentation of fortnightly literary and culture podcasts featuring book, film, music and exhibition reviews.

Emma van Leest, BRUNSWICK, $5,000
Creation of a large-scale work that explores and reflects on the story of the Batavia shipwreck of 1629.

Voi Williams OAM, SOLDIERS HILL, $10,000
The presentation of 'Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields', a ten day program of classical music centred on the pipe organ.

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