16/01/2013 - 08:19

$855k state grants for artists

16/01/2013 - 08:19

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ARTISTS from a range of disciplines have received major support for their projects in the latest round of Department of Culture and the Arts grants.

The state government provided more than $855,000 for arts development projects to Western Australian-based artists working across multiple media and styles.

The prestigious Creative Development Fellowships, each worth $60,000, were given to artist Kate McMillan and playwright Wolfe Bowart. Ms McMillan will use the funding to produce a major inter-linking film installation for the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania.

Mr Bowart will use his fellowship money to collaboratively create a major theatre production.

Visual Arts and Crafts Mid-Career Fellowships of $25,000 were given to artists Tom Muller, Brendan Van Hek, Ian Strang, and Peta Mata Dupont.

“The projects cover a range of art forms and include: a visual arts project called ‘The Cars That Ate Perth' featuring the work of 10 WA artists; a photographic exhibition by Eva Fernandez at the Midland Railway Workshop; and a tour by Sensorium Theatre to four schools,” Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said.

“In addition, WA writer/artist Justin Randall will receive funding for the publication and promotion of a new graphic novel, while the Warakurna Artists Aboriginal Corporation will be funded for a project involving six art centres in the Ngaanyatjarra lands.”

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