New art graduates receive career development funding

Artstart-1The Australian Government has announced career development funding of $981,595 to support 99 recent arts graduates to kick-start their careers.

The graduates will be supported through the Australia Council’s ArtStart program which provides funding for skills development, training and access to resources to build a sustainable arts career. A wide range of art forms are represented amongst the successful recipients, which is a testament to the strength and vitality of Australia’s vibrant arts sector.

The Australian Government is committed to supporting young artists, to help them lay the foundation for long-term sustainable careers through training, mentorship and cultural exchange. The 99 ArtStart grant recipients range from visual artists, to dancers, classical and contemporary musicians, writers and theatre practitioners.

Clementine Barnes, a visual artist from New South Wales will undertake artistic residencies in Iceland and Paris, and conduct research in the Netherlands to further develop her arts practice. South Australian artist Liam Flemming will use his grant to purchase tools and establish a studio space to further develop his glassblowing practice.

ArtStart grants assist with covering the costs for services, resources, skills development and equipment for individual artists who have completed an accredited creative arts course in the last three years.

For a full list of recipients, visit: for details. The next round of ArtStart funding closes on 3 March 2015.