Refugium: exhibition and workshops investigating environmental and human fragility, vulnerability and hope | Great Southern | Funding Allocated: $10,645
20 contemporary visual artists will present new work in Refugium at the WA Museum of the Great Southern, Albany. Refugium will investigate themes related to home, including the recent ‘refugee-like’ COVID experience. Workshop sessions will provide creative and professional development to support artists through interactive experiences with each other, and through public talks with guest speakers. The project will link artists with scientists, and the natural environment, via exploration of the nexus between environmental and human health.
Wonders of the Worlds Project – Research and Development | South West | Funding Allocated: $14,033
Tony Windberg will research and develop a new body of artwork titled ‘Wonders of the Worlds’ giving valuable time to explore new approaches, alternative materials and techniques. This will allow Tony to develop a deeper connection to themes of colonisation and decay, beauty and wonder, linking the past to future concerns.
Opal Lane Street Art Project | South West | Funding Allocated: $15,000
This project will invite community members to share what Busselton means to them. This feedback will then be interpreted by six local artists on a 42m x 5m high wall in Opal Lane, creating a landmark in the town centre. Funds will contribute to artists fees, materials and equipment hire.
The Aristocratic Paper Cut | South West | Funding Allocated: $15,000
Elisa Markes-Young will undertake research and develop new skills based on lost Polish folk art techniques of Aristocratic Paper Cuts. Elisa will collaborate with Lee Kinsella (University of WA, Cruther’s Collection Curator) and Christopher Young (artist/designer), which will form the basis of a new body of work with a unique and robust conceptual approach, supported by the development of a micro-website.
Country Music Club of Boyup Brook Strategic Plan 2021-2024 | South West | Funding Allocated: $14,980
The Country Music Club of Boyup Brook will review their Strategic Plan, bringing forward an inclusive and ambitious vision for 2021-2024. The Plan will support the development of a stronger and vibrant club that links the community’s aspirations with shared values and priorities. The review process will include community engagement to guide re-development through stages of design, delivery and documentation, with the aim to demonstrate the club’s commitment to supporting and promoting WA artists and country music.
Mabu Jila platform: Minimum Viable Prototype testing | Kimberley | Funding Allocated: $15,000
Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC) will extend the capacity and reach of cultural artists from the 30 Aboriginal language groups of the Kimberley through the creation of a digital platform, Mabu Jila. The platform aims to decolonise how Aboriginal knowledge is captured, stored and secured in the Kimberley and will be Australia’s first fully Aboriginal-owned and controlled digital space for the stewardship and transmission of Traditional Culture Knowledge. Mabu Jila will be created in response to challenges presented by COVID-19 as well as ongoing challenges, creating sustainable creative practices and economic growth across the region.
Everlasting Culture | Mid West | Funding Allocated: $9,142
The Mullewa Community Resource Centre will host a series of three workshops, led by mosaic artist Nathan Hopkins, and will include local arts groups and the wider community. The participants will develop skills and techniques in mosaic making while providing an opportunity to reflect creatively on Mullewa, its culture and history. Through these workshops, participants will produce a community work that will mark the 125th Anniversary of the town of Mullewa.
Being Here | South West | Funding Allocated: $7,947
The Hive Margaret River Arts Collective will deliver a collaborative artwork project between resident artists of The Hive, while also supporting the delivery of mentoring by public artists Bridget and John Norton of N2Art. Funds will support the design and installation of a mural at the front of the Arts Hub building.
Making to Remember | Kimberley | Funding Allocated: $11,050
Jacky will explore the theme of isolation, connecting her personal migrant journey from Malaysia to the rich and diverse Broome Asiatic community through the recreation of her grandmother’s mooncake moulds. The artist will share stories and collaborate with members of the Broome Asian community, to promote connectiveness within the area. This work will create a new series of contemporary sculptures that articulate the stories of homeland.
People of Broome | Kimberley | Funding Allocated: $14,500
Amelia will create a series of oil paint portraits of people in Broome, which will result in an exhibition to commemorate and celebrate how the community looks post COVID-19. Broome is a very diverse and multicultural town with many micro communities that come together to form the broader community. The artist will reach out and identify the living treasures of Broome and will endeavour to learn their stories to create a narrative via oil to demonstrate how stories come together and entwine.
Engaging in the Arts for Mental Health | South West | Funding Allocated: $15,000
This funding will provide local activities for the community to re-connect post COVID-19. This will be achieved through the delivery of several creative workshops with participants engaging in the arts, while also being supported with mental health and wellbeing. The project workshops will include Aboriginal basket weaving and African drumming for local youth and the wider community.
Rise and Recover | South West | Funding Allocated: $15,000
Rise and Recover is Radio Margaret Rivers’ (RMR) reach out to the local, South West and wider community to grow a database of local musical talent and subscribers. It is an invitation to the local community to celebrate the wealth of musical and technical talent in Margaret River and aid in the re-boot of the live and recorded music industry in the South West post COVID-19. Rise and Recover engaged sponsors and supporters, performers and subscribers in a day of awareness raising, promotion and activation of the plans and programs that RMR has in place.
Dancing To The Sound Of My Grandfather’s Bones | Goldfields-Esperance | Funding Allocated: $14,931
A collection of new works derived from personal stories in remote WA that will be transported and exhibited in Fremantle. Sprigg will pull from the study of epigenetics to create a multi-disciplinary investigation into biological memory. Using video, drawing, sound, installation and participatory means, he will demonstrate the inherited effects of success and trauma and the flow-on from generation to generation.
Reimagining Albany’s ‘forgotten’ arcades | Great Southern | Funding Allocated: $15,000
Make a Scene Artists will focus on Albany’s three original arcades; Shoppers Arcade, Mews Arcade and Pettersson’s Arcade. The project will explore the ‘pop-up store’ model and include artisan markets and community workshops. A semi-permanent art installation and/or mural will incorporate the character of each space to reimagine the arcades with the aim to put them back onto the shoppers’ map. The project will be implemented in three phases throughout November 2020, January and April 2021.
Mycelium – Stage 2: Connection | South West | $15,000
Mycelium is the second initiative of The Creative Grid and it has been co-designed to respond to the challenges and opportunities of COVID-19. Mycelium will nurture sector-wide resilience, sustainability and vibrancy through networks of exchange and support between regional arts groups and independent practitioners within the diverse communities and contexts in which they operate. Stage 2 will operate over 24 weeks and will include Zoom forums, podcasts, videos, network gatherings, intensive learning conversations and Creative Co-Labs.
Dalyellup Beach Art Mural Project | South West | Funding Allocated: $12,000
This project is an opportunity for 24 local students, aged 10-16 years old, to access a series of workshops with local artist Andrew Frazer to transform the Dalyellup Beach Surf Life Saving Club. Delivered in November 2020, the workshops guided the young artists into creative ideas to transform a local public building into a seaside art mural for all to enjoy. Andrew used the students’ ideas to create several mural concept designs which were presented to the community for feedback and the students will then participate in painting the building.
Develop and produce a new body of work for exhibition at Short St Gallery, Broome | Kimberley | Funding Allocated: $9,000
Anna will create a new body of work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The series will comprise of numerous ceramic vessels and objects that are based on functional objects, asking the audience to re-think the hierarchy of technology. The funding will cover artist fees, materials, production costs and documentation of the work to support ongoing opportunities.