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BY NAVA | 08-Nov-2019
The Windmill Trustees and the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) will present Dale Collier with the 22nd annual Windmill Trust Scholarship for regional NSW artists at the Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Paddington on Friday, 15 November at 5.30pm.
Dale Collier, 'This is not a mineral mall', 2019, still from video.
Collier has been awarded the $10,000 scholarship to create and present new experimental artwork in reciprocity and exchange within sites of key biosphere and environmental significance between Broken Hill and Newcastle for the 2020 Broken Hill Art Gallery exhibitions program and 2020 Broken Heel Festival.

On receiving the news of his successful 2019 Windmill Trust Scholarship application, Collier said: “I was overcome by the most ridiculous flood of happy tears. Being awarded this scholarship is an enormous affirmation of my current and future practice and gives great confidence to the world of ideas I inhabit as a critically engaged artist working across urban, regional and remote divides.”

“We congratulate Dale on being awarded the scholarship in a very competitive round. His application was outstanding and presented opportunities to collaborate, consult and experiment across regional centres in New South Wales” said this year’s assessors Rachel Piercy, Director of Manning Regional Art Gallery and Gina Mobayed, Director of Goulburn Regional Art Gallery.

Collier is currently based in Newcastle, one of Australia's largest port cities. He works across the disciplines of sound, video, performance and installation while re- examining the 21st Century roles of the First Nations artist, activist and ally.

Collier's work utilises intertextuality to challenge and interrogate postcolonial frameworks, contemporary falsehoods, nationalistic propaganda and northern European convict/settler tradition. His site-specific projects traverse spaces and places of key cultural, geopolitical and environmental concern. Collier grew up on Yuin Country and now resides within the Awabakal and Wiradjuri Nations.

Established in 1997 in memory of the artist Penny Meagher, the focus of the Windmill Trust Scholarship is to support professional artists from regional NSW to develop and or present their work. This award is administered by NAVA.