ACMI & Ian Potter Cultural Trust award $60,000 worth of artist development grants

ACMI-Ian-Potter-Cultural-Trust-Moving-Image-CommissionsThe Ian Potter Cultural Trust (IPCT) and ACMI has announced that they will support three Ian Potter Moving Image Commission 2022 runner-up artists with $60,000 in the form of a six-month Creative Development and Mentorship Program.

The IPMIC 2022 judging panel was so impressed with the new moving image works of these three Australian artists, that The Ian Potter Cultural Trust (IPCT) and ACMI created this initiative.

“ACMI is proud to be partnering with The Ian Potter Cultural Trust to deliver $60,000 in artist development grants during this vital time in the recovery of the arts sector,” said ACMI Director & CEO Katrina Sedgwick OAM.

The grants have been awarded to Pilar Mata Dupont for her proposed work La Piedra, Roberta Joy Rich for her proposed work traced. and Nicholas Mangan for his proposed work Core Coralations.

La Piedra by Pilar Mata Dupont
La Piedra (The Stone) is a new video work in development that builds upon the moving image work of Mata Dupont’s practice to date, drawing upon an archive of interviews and documentary footage of women in her family she has been creating since 2013.

Functioning as a magic realist, auto-narrative drama, the proposed project looks at intergenerational trauma, the politics of motherhood, migration, memory, alienation, illness, and the lived body outside of Cartesian modes.

The non-linear narrative of the work concentrates on the relationship between two characters: Satu and Cris, her mother. These characters are an amalgam of various women in Mata Dupont’s family including herself. A generation of people who purposefully forgot and those who need to remember.

Weaving through the affect of the collective trauma of the volatile 20th Century in Argentina, how it is passed through generations through the filter of an immigration story to a land with its own history of trauma and displacement, is where Mata Dupont wishes to situate La Piedra.

We find ourselves at the end of the story at the beginning of it; the main plot has already taken place and the protagonists are picking up the pieces.

traced. by Roberta Joy Rich
traced. is an immersive multi-channel moving image installation that reimagines anAfrican presence within the colonial-settler-nation context of Australia. traced. seeks to explore the experience of being between places through the speculative walking journeys of southern African settler convicts “Rachel of the Cape” and “Black Peter”.

Witness to their navigation and traversing of place, traced. reframes tracking as an experience towards tracing memory and connection to place and how this informs an understanding between place and self-identity.

Inspired by the resistance and survival of their ontologies, some as mere footnotes found in the depths of colonial archives, are fragments of banished indigenous southern African peoples, forcibly sent to Australia and coerced as trackers alongside Aboriginal men.

traced. imagines shared semiotics of dis/placement, transporting us between time and place and what it means to exist between places, while positioning its viewer simultaneously as the tracker.

Core Coralations by Nicholas Mangan
Mangan’s project Core Coralations explores the mass bleaching events at the Great Barrier Reef and ice core samples from Antartica explores air circulation and scientific investigations to restore our fragile ecosystem in our climate emergency using thermal imaging of a feedback loop between electric domestic air conditioning units and atmospheric heat gain.

In addition to this material Core Coralations will include interviews and archive combined with a soundscape in multi-screen work using the screen language of materialist, structuralist film and expanded cinema.

Demonstrating the organisations’ joint commitment to supporting moving image art practice in Australia, each artist will receive $20,000 – while ACMI staff will provide their expertise and support to help with development of their proposed artworks.

“The Ian Potter Cultural Trust is delighted to support three talented Australian artists, whose proposals were met with such strong and unanimous enthusiasm from the IPMIC 2022 judging panel. It is particularly pleasing to offer this additional support as part of the final commission in the series,” said Lady Potter AC.

This Creative Development and Mentorship Program supporting these three Australian artists follows the recent announcement of the final recipient in a decade-long series of $100,000 Ian Potter Moving Image Commissions (IPMIC), Angela Tiatia.

The Sydney-based paint, sculpture, video installation and performance artist was awarded the prestigious commission for her proposed video work, Liminal Persuasions (working title), which will have its world premiere at ACMI in 2022 and enter the ACMI Collection. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Nicholas Mangan, Roberta Joy Rich and Pilar Mata Dupont (supplied)