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Council invests more than $400,000 in Creative Brisbane

09 March, 2017

Brisbane’s creative talents have taken centre stage, with Brisbane City Council recognising the city’s most innovative thinkers at this year’s Brisbane Arts and Culture Innovation (BACI) Awards.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the awards ceremony, celebrated on Monday 6 March, paid tribute to more than 20 talented individuals and groups based on Brisbane soil, across four separate programs.

“Council is committed to ensuring our city demonstrates its New World City image, and the BACI Awards are just one example of the many initiatives Council undertakes to support our creative and innovative talents,” Cr Quirk said.

“More than $400,000 has been provided to this year’s winners across four categories including the Creative Sparks Program, Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships, Brisbane History Grants and the Innovation Award.

“Through these grants, we can provide the financial backing to help support and nurture these talents into successful enterprises.”

Cr Quirk said on top of officially recognising this year’s grants recipients, BACI Awards attendees also decided the winner of the $25,000 2016 Innovation Award.

“This award aims to recognise the development of creative enterprises here in Brisbane, encouraging the sharing of ideas to inspire innovation across the creative sector,” he said.

“Jodie Hilton was voted this year’s Innovation Award winner for her project ‘The New Garde’ which is an innovative platform for the fashion industry.”

2017 BACI Award winners

BACI Innovation Award
The Innovation Award was decided by live-vote at the BACI Awards. The award recognises excellence in the creative sector while supporting innovative ideas to become successful business ventures. The successful recipient receives a $25,000 grant to support their project.
• Jodie Hilton, for her project ‘The New Garde’.
The New Garde is Australia’s first co-working fashion studio. The project is an exciting vehicle for facilitating access and entry into the fashion industry for young graduates, re-entry into the industry for those of mature age and a refreshing low cost opportunity for those currently working in the industry finding it difficult to broaden their experience and to start up their own small business.

Creative Sparks Program
The recipients of Creative Sparks Grants (jointly funded by Brisbane City Council and Arts Queensland) are able to use the financial grant to take advantage of career development opportunities including new work and extension of creative practice.
• Alicia Cush (Albion) - $21,154 – for her project ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’, an immersive opera for ages four and up
• The Good Room (Coorparoo) - $16,060 – for its project ‘We Offer our Heartfelt Apologies’, which includes creative development for the contemporary performance
• Indel-ability Arts Ltd (Greenslopes) - $22,000 – for its project ‘I love Me Just the Way I Am’ which is a show for young people that unpacks the stigma surrounding mental illness
• Argo (Wishart) - $17,600 – for the Argo 2017 Concert Season, which is a Brisbane-based art music concert series and collective presenting six concerts this year
• Emma Lindsay (Deagon) - $20,900 – for ‘Anthropocene Project: Great Barrier Reef’, which will produce a solo exhibition highlighting regional Queensland Great Barrier Reef species and habitats
• La Boite Theatre Company (Kelvin Grove) - $14,781 – to develop a new play by indigenous artist Steven Oliver through Council’s Artist in Residence program
• Festival of Contemporary Dance Brisbane Inc (Paddington) – $20,000 – for its project Supercell 2018, which will engage a Brisbane based emerging indigenous producer to work on key indigenous dance projects for Supercell 2018.
• Kathryn Wild (Sandgate) - $20,570 – for the development of ‘The Sound of a Finished Kiss’ which is a new music theatre work featuring songs of Brisbane indie-rock band The Go-Betweens
• Rock and Roll Writers Festival (Bardon) - $10,862 – to facilitate the 2017 Rock and Roll Writers Festival
• Monika Koerner (Bardon) - $20,460 – for Ensemble Trivium to commission and perform five new works by Brisbane-based compoer
• Counterpilot (Tarragindi) - $16,511 – for ‘SPECTATE’ – a new transmedia performance work which develops new forms of audience engagement, with the support of Metro Arts

Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships
The Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships provide opportunities to creatives who wish to join national or international training and development programs.
• Ania Zoltkowski (Ferny Grove) – $20,000 – Ania will undertake a Masters of Fashion Futures program at the London College of Fashion, specialising in fashion, ethics and the environment to create a more ethical fashion industry
• Brooke Ferguson (New Farm) - $18,250 – Brooke will complete a programme of contemporary visual arts exploration at Maumaus in Lisbon (Portugal) and undertake further independent study in Europe to produce a sound project and a cross-cultural screening program on return to Brisbane
• Grace Law (Kangaroo Point) - $19,519 – Grace will train with leading international circus artists in Montreal (Canada), improving skills to inform future creative developments and capacity as a circus trainer in Brisbane
• Katherine Dionysius (New Farm) - $18,056 – Katherine will complete a six week intensive course at New York University Summer Publishing Institute to deepen writing and visual arts connections and experiences
• Lachlan O’Donnell (Taringa) - $5,250 – Lachlan will undertake eight weeks of study of contemporary violin performance techniques with Hae-Sun Kang, a world renowned violinist from the Paris-based group Ensemble InterContemporain
• Maxine Mellor (Ashgrove) - $14,620 – Maxine will undertake a diverse, month-long program of promotion, professional development, cultural immersion and exploration of theatre and writing through Singapore, the United Kingdom and Iceland, including attending the Iceland Writers Retreat
• Tamara Drazic (Indooroopilly) - $3,200 - Tamara will develop their writing craft and complete the first draft of a manuscript at the Gullkistan Residency in Iceland.

Brisbane History Grants
Brisbane History Grants support not-for-profit organisations to deliver projects that raise the profile and accessibility of Brisbane’s history and heritage in innovative and creative ways.
• Boggo Road Goal Historical Society Inc. (Durack) - $5,500 – for its project ‘Architecture of Boggo Road and Duty Done’, which will produce two books about the architectural history of the buildings at the Boggo Road Goal.
• Dr Neville Buch, auspiced by Coopers Plains Local History Group Inc. (Sunnybank Hills) - $22,000 for its project ‘Mapping Brisbane History’ which will aim to complete the mapping of heritage and lost history across Brisbane on a single online mapping program.
• Enoggera & Districts Historical Society Inc. (Alderley) - $5,000 – for its ‘Digitisation and Community Engagement Project’ which will deliver a digital recording of local history items
• The Gap Historical Society Inc. (The Gap) - $7,340 – For its project ‘The Gap Historical Society Digitalisation Plan’, which will celebrate 155 years of local heritage of The Gap by digitalising historical photographs and making them available online
• Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Inc. (West End) - $19,000 – for its project ‘Brisbane Women Peacemakers 1915-1939, which will produce and publish literature about Brisbane women who spoke of peace during World War One.

Lord Mayor’s Helen Taylor Research Award for Local History
The Lord Mayor’s Helen Taylor Research Award for Local History aims to support history students and independent researchers to undertake history or heritage projects that, through excellence in research, focus on informing or educating the public about Brisbane’s heritage and history.
• Dr Lee McGowan (Chermside West) - $21,582 – for his project ‘With the ball at Her Feet’ – A living history of Women’s Football in Brisbane. This will see the delivery of an innovative and interactive archival project and a community storytelling project.
For more information on the BACI Awards visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/creativebrisbane or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

[Ends] 7 MARCH, 2017

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