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Recipients of the NSW Artists' Grant (Round 1) announced

Image: Thom and Angelmouse, Rush Hour at Cloud Heaven (excerpt), 2017, 3-channel video installation, 16:9, stereo sound, 5 minutes.

The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) congratulates recipients of the first round of 2018 NSW Artists' Grant.

The New South Wales Artists' Grant is a NAVA initiative, funded by Create NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government. The small grant program aims to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners residing in NSW to produce, present and promote their work throughout Australia and overseas.

In May 2018, Frankie Chow and Alana Wesley will spend one month at the Broken Hill Art Exchange to create site-specific performances documented through sound and video that explore the genre of Australian horror as a derivative from a colonial fear of the unknown.

Western Sydney based artist, Maria Abboud will create a collaborate work Sister + Sister + Sister + Sister (+ Brother) + Sister looking at the rituals around mortality, faith and uncertainty. This site specific multi-channel video installation will be exhibited at Fairfield Museum and Gallery 12 May - 22 September 2018.

Harriet Body will develop a publication to accompany Paired an exhibition of 8 collaborative teams resulting from twelve months of independent research looking at collaborative art practices between artists living with and without intellectual/developmental disability or complex needs across Australia. Paired opens at Firstdraft on 6 June 2018.

Amelia Wallin and Maria Smit will collaborate on a digital artwork, research archive and website, A Manual For Care (AMfC), that charts a spectrum of responses to the processes and politics of care in contemporary art. This cross-disciplinary project interrogating invisible systems of support will launch at Suite 7a, Darlinghurst on 15 June 2018.

Heather Matthew from the Northern Rivers, will undertake a residency in Lasalle, France to create a site specific project which responds to local architecture and former industrial use of La Filature as a silk factory. Field recordings of birdsong and the human environment will be translated into sonograms and woven into a series of artist books.

Owen Leong will produce an ambitious body of new work that reflects on environmental decline, humanity, and regenerative life cycles to be presented in a major solo exhibition Original Nature at Artereal Gallery in July 2018.

Mullumbimby based artist, Susan Fell Mclean, will develop new textile installation works of large scale, eucalyptus dyed, shibori cloth for exhibition and residency at Lismore Regional Art Gallery to coincide with National Science Week and a natural dye forum.

For media enquiries contact Claudia Roosen, Communications Coordinator, nava@visualarts.net.au.
For further information on NAVA's grant program follow the link below.