Duke Albada wins the 2016 Windmill Trust Scholarship

The Windmill Trust together with the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) are pleased to announce that Duke Albada is this year’s recipient of the 19th annual Windmill Trust Scholarship for NSW Regional Artists of $5,000.

In September 2016, Albada will be Artist in Residence at Apollo Estate, a social housing area in East Dubbo, NSW. Her project, ‘Inside Out’, intends to break through a prejudiced perception of people based on their locality, and will reveal how the effected persons perceive themselves. The work will accumulate in an arts trail and photographic publication that will be presented as part of Artlands, the Regional Arts Australia biennial conference returning to NSW for the first time in 14 years. Arts delegates from all over Regional Australia will converge on the city of Dubbo in October 2016.

Albada is a multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on socially engaged practice. Her work explores relationships within communities, surveying the social and cultural identity in relation to place. Multi-layered stories and topics are conveyed by means of hybrid installations including the location and community participation as a primary element. These works are a public platform for marginalised groups; providing an opportunity to share points of view and individual world experience.

Albada has exhibited extensively in Australia, Europe and the USA. She was a finalist at the prestigious Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award in Melbourne 2008, exhibited several times at Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney and had two collaborative artworks included in the Thessaloniki Biennale. She has a Masters of Fine Arts from Monash University, Melbourne; researching audience engagement in the arts, as well as qualifications in Architectural Design from the Rietveld Art Academy in the Netherlands.

The Windmill Trust Scholarship was established in 1997 by Primrose Moss to honour her sister, artist and former Director of the Macquarie Galleries, the late Penny Meagher and is targeted at Regional NSW Artists.

The Windmill Trust Scholarship was born out of a desire to offer support to the large percentage of the Australian art community that live outside metropolitan areas to advance their careers. Over the years the Scholarship has managed to increase awareness of the vast array of talent that exists in the diverse regional centres of NSW, including Bathurst, Moree, Orange and the North Coast and supporting projects from a diverse range of media.

Image: Duke Albada in conversation with Aunty Anita, 2012. Photo by Michelle Blakeney