Applause: recent winners

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International scholarships awarded in Adelaide; Melbourne Fringe reveals 2017 award winners; arts organisations share in funding, and many more.
Applause: recent winners

Image: Julian DAY, White Noise, 2016, installation view, NEW16, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Photography by Matthew Stanton. Image courtesy the artist.

Samstag announces 2018 scholarship recipients

The University of South Australia has announced artists, Sasha Grbich (SA) and Julian Day (NSW), as the recipients of 2018 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships.

Sasha Grbich is an artist working in sculpture, installation, sound and video. Julian Day is an artist, composer, writer and broadcaster.


The Scholarships will provide each artist with a twelve-month living allowance of $48,000 USD ($61,406 AUD). The artists are also provided travel expenses and the cost of institutional study fees at an international art school of their choice.

Selection committee member, Professor of Art, Director: South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia, Simon Briggs said: ‘The quality of applicants for the 2018 Samstag Scholarships was high but there were two that were especially strong.’ 

Chamber Made Opera is a recipient of the City of Melbourne’s Triennial Arts Grants Programs 2018-2020. Image: Between 8 and 9 photograph by Jeff Busby.

$2.7 million funding for arts organisations announced

Thirty five arts organisations will share $2.7 million funding announced The City of Melbourne’s Triennial Arts Grants Programs 2018-2020.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle AC said, 'The City of Melbourne is a proud supporter of our arts organisations that enliven the city with diverse events and festivals throughout the year. The Triennial Arts Grants also provide a boost to the local economy, with Victorians spending $5.1 billion annually on cultural activities.'

The recipients are:

African Music and Cultural Festival; APHIDS Events Inc.; Arts Access Victoria; Australian Art Orchestra Ltd.; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; Blindside Artist Run Space Inc.; Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas; Chamber Made Opera; Circus Australia Limited; Craft Victoria; Emerging Writers' Festival; Filmfest Limited; Human Rights Arts & Film Festival; Ilbijerri Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Theatre Co-operative; KINGS Artist-Run; Koorie Heritage Trust Inc.; La Mama Inc.; Liquid Architecture; Lucy Guerin Inc.; Malthouse Theatre; Melbourne Festival; Melbourne Fringe; Melbourne International Comedy Festival; Melbourne Jazz Ltd.; Melbourne Queer Film Festival; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Melbourne Writers Festival Inc.; Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) Inc.; Next Wave Festival Incorporated; Polyglot Theatre; Speak Percussion Inc.; St Martins Youth Arts Centre; Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra; West Space and Wild@Heart Community Arts.

Image: emerging artist and student Brodee Leonard. Supplied.

Wacom’s The Next Level competition winner revealed

Wacom Authorised Training Centres (WATCs) has announced emerging artist and student Brodee Leonard as this year's Next Level competition winner.

Leonard is an 18-year-old illustrator from the remote Aboriginal community of Ali Curung in the Northern Territory. Leonard is currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media via distance at Central Queensland University and has been drawing for two years.

He said, 'I started out self-taught, I drew pages and pages of circles and attempted to shade them to make a 3D effect, at the time it felt amazing to be able to do such a thing, however when you look back on them, you can see how awful they were... but that is what inspired me.'

Wacom have rewarded him with a Wacom MobileStudio Pro valued at $3,499 AUD and his school will receive a Cintiq 27 QHD Touch valued at $3,699 AUD.

Winner of Best Cabaret: Seen & Heard. Directed and created by: Becky Lou. Presented by: The Butterfly Club. Image via Melbourne Fringe.

2017 Fringe Award Winners revealed

Melbourne Fringe has come and gone for another year, with the 2017 Fringe Award winners revealed over the weekend.

Fringe Award winner highlights: Best Cabaret – Seen & Heard; Best Circus –The Man in the Mail; Best Comedy – The Travelling Sisters: NOO SHO; Best Dance – Utterance; Best Kids Event – ONLY A YEAR; Best Live Art – For The Ones Who Walk Away; Best Music – ROSE ALEA – NIGHT SONG; Best Performance – Biladurang; Best Visual Arts – Diaspora and Best Words and Ideas – SideKicked.

ArtsHub's Performing Arts Editor Richard Watts was honoured at 2017 Fringe Award, winning Melbourne Fringe Living Legend Award, for his tireless work in the sector.

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Fringe Furniture award winners and award partners. Photo by Theresa Harrison.

Fringe Furniture award-winners announced

Fringe Furniture has announced the award winners of this year's 31st annual exhibition at Abbotsford Convent. More than 100 designers responded to this year’s challenge set by Melbourne Fringe: ‘Make a statement. Make a difference. It’s time to step out of the Echo Chamber.’

The winners for the Fringe Furniture awards are:

Best Student Design supported by Tongue and Groove and Award for Best Design – Sustainable Material & Practice supported by City of Banyule: Morgan Doty, CYMK chair; Emerging Designer Award supported by Craft and The Out of the Echo Chamber Award supported by the Abbotsford Convent: Nancy Ji, Archie; Production Ready Award supported by Like Butter: Edie Kurzer, Narrow Minded Bookshelf; Craftsmanship Award supported by Handsome & Co: Hugh Makin, Passage Credenza I and Linus Table; ISM Objects Award for Lighting Innovation supported by ISM Objects: John Budd Creative, Lucienne Vessels and Tait Award for Design Innovation supported by Tait: Josh Carmody Studio, The Remnants.

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