Australia Council announces grants and residencies - Art Collector

Troy Emery, Pioneer, 2013. High density taxidermy foam, polyester pompoms, glass eyes and artificial rock, 72 x 78 x 36cm. Courtesy: the artist and Gould Galleries, Melbourne

4 December 2013 | The Visual Arts Assessment Panel has announced the artists and organisations who have received Australia Council grants and residencies.

The panel met early last month and have only just revealed the details of the meeting. There were 497 applications submitted and a total of over $8 million requested. The panel approved $2.3 million of funding to 103 recipients. A list of some of the funding outcomes is as follows.

General skills and arts development recipients include:

  • Omar Adnan Chowdhury will undertake professional development, research and mentorship through residencies in art venues in Berlin and Bangladesh
  • Helen Pynor will undertake a residency at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology & Genetics in Dresden, Germany
  • Angela Valamanesh will undertake a self organised residency at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington to investigate microscopy images
  • Kate Shaw will undertake a six month residency in New York with a program of studio visits and a solo exhibition
  • Vipoo Srivilasa will participate in the South East Asian ceramic art symposium and exhibition in Virginia, USA followed by a residency at Project Art studios in Massachusetts

International residencies recipients:
  • Tony Albert and Mark Hilton will undertake residencies at the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York
  • Troy Emery, Alison Munro, Akira Akira and Sarah Berners will undertake residencies in a studio in Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku in Western Tokyo
  • Guan Wei, Justine Varga, Gerry Wedd and Kirsten Haydon will undertake residencies at the ACME studios, London
  • Susan Norrie, Annika Koops, Gregory Hodge and Mona Ryder will undertake residencies at the British School, Rome
  • Christine Willcocks and Emma Hamilton will undertake residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts Studio, Paris
  • Michael Zavros, Jon Campbell, Donna Marcus and Carol de Souza will undertake residencies in the Greene Street studios, New York
  • Benjamin Forster, Danae Valenza and Illumini will undertake residencies in the Suomenlinna Studios, Helsinki

Tony Albert, We Can Be Heroes, 2013. Acrylic and gloss medium on pigment print mounted to aluminium, 30 x 40cm each, 4 panels (3 shown). Courtesy: the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney

Internationally based projects that received funding include:
  • Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki will exhibit a group show of Australian Indigenous art and will host some Australian artists
  • Young Arab Theatre Fund in Belgium will present the work of Tom Nicholson in Meeting Points 7 in Beirut and Vienna
  • La Biennale de Montréal will showcase Susan Norrie's Rules of Play as part of the 2014 edition

The meeting was convened by Julie Lomax, director of the visual arts section of the Australia Council. The other panel members were Brett Adlington, Tina Baum, Lucy Bleach, Kirsten Coelho, Sean Kelly, Carly Lane, Katie Lenanton, Danie Mellor, Victoria Reichelt and Catherine Truman.

For a complete list of funding recipients - including the international visitors program, regional Australia art projects, national arts organisations and galleries - as well as a summary of funds awarded, click

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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