Fellowships Strengthens Four Artists across Regional WA
Four established artists from regional Western Australia will receive $50,000 each over two years, through Regional Arts WA’s Regional Artist Fellowship program, supported by the State Government’s Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP).
The Regional Artist Fellowships will go to Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (Peel), Adelina Adrianna Larsson Mendoza (South West), Annette Carmichael (Great Southern) and Chloe Flockart (Wheatbelt). They will use their Fellowships to extend their practice, build new networks and connections across the sector, and strengthen their careers.
Fellowship recipient Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and his artwork ‘In the name’. Photo by Christophe Canato.
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah | Keluarga (family) – A Shared Story
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah will explore new modes of storytelling through a visual language that is immersive, technically challenging and accessible to broad audiences, including families and young children. He will work in close collaboration on different projects with family; his brother; Abdul Abdullah and wife Anna Louise Richardson, while building a creative relationship with mother/daughter, metro/regional artistic duo Jill and Holly O’Meehan, ‘Golden Wattle Hookers’.
Adelina Adrianna Larsson Mendoza | Min Folkdans – Creative Development
Adelina Adrianne Larsson Mendoza will draw from her extensive experience working in collaborative processes with inter-disciplinary artists and community to create an original choreographic solo work in collaboration with four regional Culturally and Linguistically Diverse artists to create ‘Min Folkdans’ (‘My Folk Dance’) that explores diaspora, identity and new cultural myths. She will also develop a community project; ‘Din Folkdans’ (‘Your Folk Dance’) that aims to promote cultural rights and visibility for the regional multicultural community.
Annette Carmichael | The Beauty Index 2017-2021 – Men who Dance are Happy
Annette Carmichael will develop and publish a book which will enhance a broader understanding of the value of the arts to regional communities. It will focus on the stories and research attached to The Beauty Index, a men’s dance project created with communities of men in regional WA, 2017-2021. Through this fellowship she will build her capacity in public speaking through a mentorship program and develop a series of scripts for keynote addresses for presentation to non-arts sector audiences and public sector conferences.
Chloe Flockart | Practice transition – from puppetry arts to projection mapping
Chloe Flockart will undertake a 2-year practice transition from venue and theatre based artforms, to developing and presenting visual theatre in public spaces facilitated through projection mapping technology. She will undergo mentoring with Illuminart and Lewis Horne, and work with Meridian Regional Arts Inc to deliver two projection mapping projects in the Shire of Merredin.
Regional Arts WA CEO Paul MacPhail says the Regional Artist Fellowships will provide pivotal support to established artists to sustain a career in regional Western Australia.
“The demand for Regional Artist Fellowships continues as we see a large amount of applications in the second year of the program. The number of high calibre artists applying for a Fellowship demonstrates a strong level of artistic excellence in the regions.
Funding like the Regional Artist Fellowships is pivotal in enabling artists to stay and contribute to their regional communities in a long-term sustainable approach, where they have the freedom to seek their own career pathways, at their own pace.”
The RACIP is administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
For more regional funding opportunities, head to our website: www.regionalartswa.org.au/funding