Katie Breckon | $12,008 | Derby
Katie Breckon will explore the story of Bungarun Leprosarium through drawing and printmaking. The project draws from State Library of WA collections with guidance by a Cultural Advisory Group of Kimberley elders, educators and leaders, and historian Dr Mary Anne Jebb.
Marrugeku Inc. | $30,000 | Broome
Burrbgaja Yalirra (Dancing Forwards)
Burrbgaja Yalirra is Marrugeku’s multi-year program of intensive dance research laboratories and new short works curated by co-artistic directors Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain, that builds capacity in the next generation of change makers in community and culturally informed contemporary dance. Burrbgaja Yalirra began in 2017 to address access issues for remote and regional independent dance artists and deploys new trans-Indigenous and intercultural collaborations to revivify, remember and reimagine contemporary dance in Australia.
Nagula Jarndu Designs | $30,000 | Broome
Country on Cloth
Nagula Jarndu (Saltwater Woman) First Nations artists will create a new collection of screen-printed and digitally printed textiles designed specifically for a women’s and men’s clothing range. The designs will draw on artist’s connections to Country, culture and language. There will be a photoshoot on Country of the final garments, modelled by the artists and local First Nations models. From this, a catalogue of stories about the artists and the designs will be made.
Southern Forest Arts | $22,000 | Northcliffe
The Stars Descend – Chapter 2
The Stars Descend is an ambitious, original, multi-arts production presenting five unique chapters of inter-linked public performances spanning five locations across three regions of southern WA in March/April 2023. Each chapter explores shared responsibility of care for people and planet from the perspective of stars gazing upon us. Chapter 2 is Northcliffe’s contribution to the storyline, focusing upon the power of resilience and beauty in a transformational message of climate action and hope. This participatory project of state significance is a collaboration between Southern Forest Arts, Annette Carmichael Projects, Gondwana Link, and multiple regional arts partners.
Victoria Coyne | $5,000 | Binningup
Song from Djerap Wardandi Boodja-k
This project involves recording a song in the South West dialect of the Noongar language to accompany Victoria’s book Djerap Wardandi Boodja-k (Birds on Wardandi Country). The book and song support, through art and language, a sense of connectedness to and respect for the beauty of Wardandi culture, Country and birdlife.
Alisa Blakeney | $11,091 | Myalup
Residency at Cité internationale des arts, Paris
Alicia Blakeney will undertake a professional development residency at Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France as part of the Australia Council for the Arts’ International Residency Program. This residency will enable her to conduct research towards a major research project investigating sonic archives and collaborative production, to better understand the history of Australian experimental digital practice within a global context.
Gwendolyn Knox | $25,000 | Broome
Scones with Nanna
A creative development of the new play Scones with Nanna, a site-specific, multi-artform performance work, to be carried out on Ballardong Noongar land. The story tells of survival, denial, dementia, colonisation, poverty, and displacement. Nanna’s story is told with honesty and wit and how she was taught to deny that she was a Ballardong Noongar woman. It exposes the secrets that a family has kept hidden for generations, in a humorous celebration of womanhood and scones, warts and all, in a journey through an old worker’s cottage that could have been Nanna’s house.
Kaata-Koorliny Employment and Enterprise Development Aboriginal Corporation | $30,000 | Narrogin
The Narrogin Emerging Artists Program
The Narrogin Emerging Artists Program is a structured and interactive training program that aims to increase First Nations creative culture while improving mental health outcomes of young First Nations people aged 18-35 years in Narrogin. The program will be delivered by respected First Nations artist, Peter Farmer, over two eight-week blocks to a total of 24 emerging artists. During the program, participants will gain practical and technical skills in painting, producing a major piece at the conclusion of the program which will be exhibited in the Keedac Community Centre.
Samuel Newman | $14,329 | Derby
Nelson O’Reeri Album and Cultural Video
This project will document the work of Ngarinyin and Worrora man Nelson O’Reeri through the production of a ten track album and video work produced on Country. With 30 years’ experience as a musician, teacher, mentor, event organiser and Traditional Owner of Ngarinyin country, O’Reeri has a strong support base and a collection of important work but has yet to professionally record any of it. The cultural work will stand as an educational resource, documentation of Kimberley life, and promotion of O’Reeri as an experienced artist to new audiences.
Shannon Clohessy | $12,528 | Busselton
Kaatijin Professional Development
This project will provide professional development and practice growth for regionally based artist, Shannon Clohessy, to expand on her arts practice of glass work by gaining skills and knowledge in lampworking, glassblowing and hot glass techniques while maintaining connection to the environment and embedding cultural intricacies. These techniques will be transferred through established glass artists. These skills will then be transferred to the wider community with a focus on other First Nations artists via workshops or one-on-one mentoring.