NSW Artists' Grant Recipients (Round 3) Announced

Round three of the funding program sees a total of $12,500 shared between 10 artists across NSW.

Image: Shivanjani Lal, (I am not here) 2016, performance.

The National Association for the Visual Arts and Create NSW have announced that among the recipients, local Western Sydney artist, Shivanjani Lal, will receive $1,250.

Shivanjani will utilise the funding to present her first solo exhibition in New Zealand. yahaan se dekhen (From here we look) will premiere at RM Gallery, Auckland in November 2017. An experimental film and installation, the work explores the artist’s return to her Aaji’s (grandmother’s) farmhouse in Fiji after an absence of 11 years, 13 years after her passing.

The NSW Artists’ Grant program is a Create NSW funding initiative administered by NAVA that offers support of up to $1,250 for individuals and $2,500 for groups in four rounds a year.

Round three of the funding program sees a total of $12,500 shared between 10 individuals across the state, including six artists in Create NSW’s priority areas of Western Sydney and regional NSW.

NAVA A/Co-Executive Director Penelope Benton said, “It is fantastic to see Shivanjani Lal rewarded with this support from the NSW Government and we are thrilled to be in the position to facilitate this funding. I am excited about her upcoming exhibition and look forward to seeing how this grant helps to further Shivanjani's practice examining the diaspora of identity and home.”

Create NSW CEO Michael Brealey said that the recipients’ projects highlight the diverse spectrum that visual arts can take on, and will enhance the reputation of NSW visual artists on both a national and international scale. “From artist residencies and exhibitions, to experimental film projects and even a mural in India, we are delighted to help such a talented group with their endeavours. Our recipients should be extremely proud of their achievements and I look forward to hearing about their upcoming projects."

Mr Brealey continued “through regular funding such as our partnership with the National Association for the Visual Arts, the quality and scope of projects supported goes from strength to strength."

The next deadline for applications to the NSW Artists' Grant is Saturday 21 October 2017. Follow this link for more information or to apply.

For enquiries please contact:

Holly Morrison, Administration and Grants Coordinator, NAVA 02 9368 1900

The 2017 Artists’ Grant Program (Round 3) recipients are:

Dean Cross (Sutton) $1,250 to present a photographic series 'PolyAustralis' at the Tarnanthi Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art held at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Timothy de Haan (McMahons Point) $1,250 to present a mural installation as part of Mood Indigo Festival, Mumbai, India in December 2017.

Kalanjay Dhir (Parramatta) $1,250 to present 'Heavy Time(s)', a multimedia exhibition at Firstdraft, Sydney. 'Heavy Time(s)' considers apocalypse and end-time from different perspectives.

Sam Doctor (Manly) $1,250 to present 'A Terrible Beauty', a solo exhibition at Chalkhorse, Sydney. 'A Terrible Beauty' focuses on the desecrated and violated landscapes around the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which are still recovering from nuclear fallout today.

Kath Fries (St Peters) $1,250 to participate in the Taleamor Park Residency, Indiana, USA where she will be focusing on working with local ecologies; creating and presenting site-responsive outdoor installations; and connecting with other eco-artists, eco-researchers and eco-writers.

Shivanjani Lal (Lidcombe) $1,250 to present 'yahaan se dekhen' at RM Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand. 'yahaan se dekhen' is an experimental film and installation, exploring the artists return to her Aaji’s (grandmother’s) farmhouse in Fiji after an absence of 11 years, 13 years after her passing.

Kelly Leonard (Mudgee) $1,250 to undertake research and development of new work in response to landscapes at risk in the artist’s hometown. This work will then be exhibited via a website gallery.

Nic Mason (Napoleon Reef) $1,250 to develop new work through a residency at Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre, France in November 2017. The work developed will be an exploration influenced by the location, utilising still life painting as a symbolic vehicle for contemplating issues of environmental loss and hope.

Madeleine Preston (Redfern) $1,250 to undertake an Art Gallery of NSW residency at the Cité, Paris. She will focus on Louvre's antiquities and Tanagra with the resulting work exhibited at Galerie pompom in 2018.

AñA Wojak (Lismore) $1,250 to present new work 'Blessings' and attend workshops at Melaka Art & Performance Festival Malaysia in November 2017. The artist will continue ongoing collaborative mentorships with artists and Javanese masters.