Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund Announces Create Grant recipients for 2019
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A panel of three peers has awarded six Create Grants:
• Playwright Daniel Keene is a renowned writer whose plays have been brought to life around the globe. Keene will use the grant to develop a play that explores the aftermath of the ecological and social disaster brought about by climate change. Amount awarded: $15,000.
• Author Sulari Gentill will work on her upcoming novel, a post-modern cross-cultural thriller that sets up stories within stories, entwining the narratives in a climax that can be read on many levels. Amount awarded: $15,000.
• Eloise Grills, an award-winning essayist, will use the grant to create a memoir that dissects the multiplicity and fragmentation of feminine identity and how it is constructed through bodily transformation, makeup, beauty, mother-daughter relationships, sexuality, social codes and technology. They will explore how one can make sense of themselves in a culture obsessed with fitting women and non-binary people into boxes. Amount awarded: $10,000.
• Author Tegan Bennett Daylight will write a new work of literary non-fiction. Amount awarded: $20,000.
• Environmental artist Debbie Symons was awarded a grant for the creation and development of her project, ‘Sing’ which will comprise 50 hand-woven pendant nests containing sensor-activated mini speakers playing pre-recorded bird songs, suspended from the gallery ceiling. Amount awarded: $10,000.
• Artist Abdul Abdullah’s grant will allow him to create ‘Hierarchies’, where he will use reprogrammed surveillance technologies to co-opt a gallery into a screening room where audiences will observe their real-time digital profiling on large display monitors in the space. Amount awarded: $10,000
Applications for the 2019 Create Grants were assessed by a panel of three peers – editor of the Sydney Review of Books, Catriona Menzies-Pike; visual artist Baden Pailthorpe; and author, Amal Awad. This year’s round attracted 178 applications from writers and visual artists, which is the highest number of applications submitted for Create Grants. The panel believe this year’s successful grant recipients “demonstrate extraordinary artistic endeavour and push the boundaries with their practice.”
Create Grants of $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 are available to mid-career writers and visual artists. The next funding round will be open for applications in early 2020.