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Prestigious fellowships for local artists

08 Jan 2013

The State Government has awarded six prestigious fellowships to Western Australian artists.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said $220,000 had been awarded to the six successful applicants, whose projects would begin this year.

“The annual fellowships are highly sought-after by local professional artists because they provide an opportunity for an intensive period of creative development, as well as opportunities to present their work as WA artists in national and international arenas,” Mr Day said.

“Among this year’s recipients are visual artist Kate McMillan and theatre performer/playwright Wolfe Bowart, who will each receive a creative development fellowship of $60,000.

“Ms McMillan will use the fellowship to produce a major interlinking film installation, while Mr Bowart will create a large-scale theatre production that transforms the lines between film, stage illusion and puppetry.”

Four visual arts and craft mid-career fellowships have been awarded to Tom Muller, Brendan Van Hek, Ian Strang and Pilar Mata Dupont.

“The visual artists will use the fellowships for a variety of projects, including overseas research and development, major exhibitions or residencies,” the Minister said..

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Creative Development Fellowships

Kate McMillan ($60,000): With a career spanning more than 15 years, Kate McMillan is a well-respected visual artist working predominantly in painting and film. After several international residencies and a solo exhibition at Venn Gallery, Perth, Kate has been invited to produce a major inter-linking film installation for Performance Space in Sydney. Her fellowship will also involve production of a monograph of the artist’s work to date.

Wolfe Bowart t/a Spoon Tree Productions ($60,000): Wolfe Bowart is a physical theatre performer and playwright. He is the creator and performer of the physical theatre productions LaLaLuna, Letter's End and The Man the Sea Saw. Working with a set designer, film animater, choreographer, costume designer, music editor and magic consultant, Wolfe Bowart will create a theatre production that blurs the lines between film, stage illusion and puppetry. This major theatrical project will build on the style of work for which Wolfe Bowart has become known - multi-genre performances incorporating elements of magic realism and physical comedy, and multi-layered narratives.

Visual Arts and Crafts Mid-Career Fellowships

Tom Muller ($25,000): Tom Muller is an interdisciplinary artist who has been exhibiting for more than 15 years. His work is included in the collections of the cities of Fremantle, Joondalup and Melville; the Art Gallery of WA; and the Wesfarmers Collection. His fellowship project will involve periods of research in Puerto Rico and Poland into the histories of his grandparents, and the creation of a new body of work based on factual and fictitious characters and events. This project will culminate in a multi-media exhibition at Venn Gallery, Perth.

Brendan Van Hek ($25,000): An internationally recognised visual artist, Brendan Van Hek is best known for his work with neon lights. His fellowship project will include study with master neon manufacturers in New York, researching new forms and techniques. This will lead to an exhibition at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney.

Ian Strang ($25,000) Beginning his career as a street artist, Ian Strang has quickly become known for his high-level technical skills. After a period of mentorship with renowned pop artist Ron English, and a major exhibition in New York, Ian has been invited to present a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. This project will extend his previous work and encompass photographs and paintings of site-specific works on recession-affected homes in American suburbia; and a full-scale installation of a suburban WA home in the forecourt of Federation Square.

Pilar Mata Dupont ($25,000)
Pilar Mata-Dupont has been working across performing and visual arts for more than 10 years. In partnership with Tarryn Gill, Pilar is represented in the collections of the Art Gallery of WA, City of Perth, The Kerry Stokes Collection and Queensland Art Gallery. Following on from her research into the Argentine military, Pilar will research her own family history in Buenos Aires, Amsterdam and Perth, resulting in a multi-media exhibition at Goddard de Fiddes, Perth.