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All-female band honoured; ballet dancers nominated; director's award recipients revealed, and many more.
Applause: recent winners

Image: punk band Rackett. Supplied.

Rockin' the Puburbs winner announced

The all-female experimental power-punk band Rackett has been announced as this year’s Rockin' the Puburbs winner.

The four-piece band will receive publicity services and mentoring while touring select New South Wales pubs as part of their $15,000 prize package.

The award is run by Australian Hotels Association (AHA) NSW in conjunction with APRA AMCOS and the Live Music Office.


John Whelan, CEO AHA NSW, said: ‘Many national and international music acts first got their start down at their local pub, and the goal of Rockin’ the Puburbs was to find top local talent and give them a leg-up.’

The statewide contest was open to NSW-based acts (a band, duo or solo artist) who performed at least one song of original material.

Black Swan Prize for Portraiture winner revealed

Artist Jana Vodesil-Baruffi from Shelley, Western Australia was announced as this year's winner of the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture.

Vodesil-Baruffi's work titled Black Swan was awarded the main prize of $50,000, which was donated by the Lester Group.

This is the sixth time Vodesil-Baruffi has been a finalist in the competition over the 11 years it has been running. It is the third richest prize in Australia after the Archibald and the Doug Moran and attracts submissions from more than 300 artists nationwide each year.

Highly commended on the night was Effie Pryer from Tasmania for her oil on wood portrait Til Death Us, of a young co-worker and her pet macaws, and Natasha Walsh from NSW for her oil on marble self-portrait, In the Studio. These two artists each take home a $500 art supplies voucher supplied by HU Kendall & Co.

Introduced last year was the $10,000 Toni Fini Foundation Artist Prize. This award allows the finalists themselves to vote for their favourite work, an initiative that is highly valued by artists. This year the award went to Sydney artist Marie Mansfield for her work Mertim.

Image: Recipient, 2017 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship, Claudia Nicholson with Minister for the Arts the, Hon. Don Harwin; Artspace Director, Alexie Glass-Kantor; Curator at Cambeltown Arts Centre, Adam Porter and her work Dont Let Me Down Let Me Down, 2017, installation view, Artspace, Sydney. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Zan Wimberley. Supplied.

2017 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship revealed

Artspace and Create NSW have announced Claudia Nicholson as the recipient of the 2017 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship.

Nicholson has been awarded the prestigious $30,000 Fellowship for her installation, Don’t Let Me Down Let Me Down, 2017. The installation is available to view at the 2017 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship Exhibition at Artspace until 9 December.

Nicholson will travel through Central and North America to attend specific cultural festivals and memorial sites that inform her practice. In San Francisco she will undertake professional development under the guidance of curator Ivan Muñiz Reed, conducting first-hand research into pre-Hispanic and Chicanx art at San Francisco’s Mexican Museum. On her return to Sydney, Nicholson will be producing work in collaboration with Fairfield’s Spanish Speaking Choir.


Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominees revealed

Six dancers of The Australian Ballet have been announced as nominees for the prestigious Telstra Ballet Dancer Award.

The nominees are: Isobelle Dashwood (Toowoomba, QLD); Drew Hedditch (Canberra, ACT); François-Eloi Lavignac, (Limoges, France); Jake Mangakahia, (Sunshine Coast, QLD); and Sharni Spencer (Lismore, NSW) and Valerie Tereshchenko, (Kiev, Ukraine).

The Telstra Ballet Dancer Award is the highest accolade in the Australian Ballet, the winner will receive a $20,000 cash prize and the People’s Choice, decided by public vote, will win $5000.

Telstra and The Australian Ballet have created a film series that gives a glimpse inside the minds of the nominees.

David McAllister, Artistic Director The Australian Ballet, said: 'It is always an exciting moment in our year when we are able to reveal the nominees for the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award. We have seen this award boost the trajectory of many of our rising stars, some of whom are now principal artists. It’s wonderful to see the Australian community get behind our dancers for the People’s Choice Award. Each nominee has both passion and talent, and they all have interestingly diverse backgrounds, coming from across Australia and from overseas.'

Image: 2017 IMAGginE Awards. Supplied.

2017 IMAGinE winners revealed

Last week galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres throughout NSW came together at the Australian Museum where the winners of the IMAGinE awards were announced. 

The IMAGinE awards promote and strengthen the NSW museum and gallery sector. They honour best practice education programs, outreach projects, exhibitions, collection management projects and the achievements of individuals, as we;; asrecognising innovation and excellence in the 500 museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres across NSW.

One of the winners was Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Nganampa Kililpil: Our Stars - Art from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara (APY) Lands, winning the Exhibition Projects – galleries small/medium organisations with 3 - 10 paid staff category.

A full list of the IMAGinE awards winners can be read here.

Institute of Modern Art Annual Party and Jeremy Hynes Award 2017. Photos (c) Louis Lim and Sancintya Simpson. Supplied.

Jeremy Hynes Award winner announced

Lucy Forsberg was announced as the recipient of the 2017 Jeremy Hynes Award. The award is presented by the Institute of Modern Art and is a biannual award given to an emerging experimental Queensland-based artist.

Forsberg has received the opportunity to exhibit her work in IMA’s Green Room in 2018. Forsberg works predominantly with new media, assemblage and sculpture to examine socio-political issues within the Australian landscape.

2018 Sandra Bates Director's Award recipients announced. Photo (c) Ensemble Theatre. Supplied. 

Sandra Bates Director's Award recipients announced

Liz Arday and Felicity Nicol have been announced as this year’s Sandra Bates Director's Award recipients.

The award is supported by the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation and was presented by Mark Kilmurry, Artistic Director, Ensemble Theatre. Kilmurry initiated the award as a legacy to former Artistic Director of Ensemble Theatre, Sandra Bates.

The award encourages and nurtures emerging theatre directors by giving them the opportunity to work as Assistant Director on two of Ensemble Theatre’s mainstage productions each year.

Arday and Nicol have each been offered a paid position as Assistant Director; they they will also assist in the delivery of Ensemble Theatre’s Boatshed program, each directing a staged playreading and helping with other Boatshed initiatives. Each award is valued at $8,000.

Arday wrote in her application for the award: ‘Directing is an incredibly isolating discipline and having the privilege to observe the practice of a more experienced director is one of the best ways an emerging director can learn and grow.'

Image courtesy of the National Trust of Western Australia. Gallop House, Dalkeith, WA. Supplied.

Prelude Composer Residencies recipients announced

The 2018 Prelude Composer Residency recipients were announced at Carriageworks in Sydney last week.The Prelude residencies are open to composers from all genres, with the aim of nurturing Australian composers.

This year builds on the established residency at Peggy Glanville-Hicks’ home in Paddington, Sydney and at Gallop House in Perth, owned by the National Trust Western Australia, by expanding to include Beaumont Cottage in Beaumont, Adelaide (owned by the National Trust of SA).

The recipients are: Kate Moore, an Australian musician and composer of new music who will conduct her residency at Gallop House, Perth; Rafael Karlen, a composer, arranger, saxophonist and conductor based in Brisbane who will conduct his residency at Peggy Glanville-Hicks House, Sydney; and Gabriella Smart who will conduct her residency at Beaumont Cottage, Adelaide. Smart is a leading advocate of new music in Australia.

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