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17 May 2019

Australia Council funding, May 2019

From river soundscapes to immersive performance works and sound art opera

Damien Ricketson is writing an immersive performance work <em>Sound touch</em>. Image: Damien Ricketson is writing an immersive performance work Sound touch.  
© Martin Brady

AMC-represented artists Leah Barclay, Rosalind Page, Anthony Pateras, Damien Ricketson, Jeremy Rose and Jonathan Zwartz are among the successful grant recipients from the most recent round of Australia Council for the Arts funding. In total, $5.8 million has been announced to support close to 200 arts projects across art forms, including grants for new work, career development and international opportunities.

Leah Barclay's grant of $22K (from the Emerging/Experimental pool) will go towards a project with remote and regional communities, to record and map river soundscapes from source to sea along three iconic Australian river systems. Funding for new work and projects includes $20K to Damien Ricketson for the creative development of Sound Touch, an immersive performance work exploring vibration and the body; and $14K to Anthony Pateras for Interlinear for Farfisa organ and 46 loudspeakers, to premiere at the Akousma festival in Paris.

Monash Art Ensemble received $14K for an album featuring new work by Kate Neal, Andrew Ford, Sandy Evans, Paul Grabowsky, Cat Hope, Marc Hannaford, Robert Burke and Paul Williamson; $11K went to flutist Lina Andonovska towards her debut recording project; $30K to jazz bassist Ross McHenry for a recording project in the US; $18K to composer-bassist Jonathan Zwartz for an album with Mike Nock, Julien Wilson and Hamish Stuart; and $23K to Kristin Berardi for a recording project. $15K will go to pianist Aura Go towards of an immersive 60-minute work for two pianos and moving audience; $11K to James Rushford for a multi-arts project; a substantial sum of $86K towards a new sound art opera by a creative team consisting of Sally Blackwood, Lawrence English and Vanessa Tomlinson, to be presented at the Bleach Festival in 2020; and $16K to Chamber Made for a cross-artform collaborative project SYSTEM_ERROR.

International projects included $17K to Jeremy Rose for a business mentorship and international career development program; $24K to pianist Gabriella Smart towards international career development; $8K to composer Rosalind Page ($8,000), also for international career development; $25K to conductor Kelly Lovelady for coaching and repertoire workshops in the US and UK; and $20K to composer and oud player Joe Tawadros for working in Egypt working with local musicians. ELISION's grant of $37K includes funding for a workshop series and an international tour to the ISCM World Music Days Festival, NZ in 2020.

Peggy Glanville Hicks Trust's $100K goes towards the Prelude artist residency program in 2020, and $75K to Melbourne Electronic Sound Studios (MESS) towards their 2019 program, including creative development, workshops, concerts, public access and residencies.

Funding announced for concerts and festivals included $33K to the 2019 Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music; $20K to Robbie Avenaim with Jim Denley and Carolyn Connors for a second season of 'Safe in Sound' concerts for and with children and young adults with severe disabilities in Sydney and Melbourne.

For more details and a full list of grant recipients, see the Awarded grants page on Australia Council for the Arts website and read the press release (13 May 2019).

[Edited 31 May 2019 - more details re creative team for the Bleach Festival commission.]


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