Cynthia Lui MP
Member for Cook
Two artists in Far North Queensland have received vital funding thanks to the Palaszczuk Government through the latest round of Arts Queensland’s Individuals Fund.
Emily Beckley and Janet Feildhouse are among ten artists to share in funding of $81,649 that will enable them to participate in transformational professional and career development opportunities.
Member for Cook Cynthia Lui congratulated Horn Island artist Emily Beckley on receiving a $10,000 grant.
“Emily will use her funding to create a new collection of Torres Strait Islander jewellery that will showcase the unique beauty of Indigenous culture and traditions,” Ms Lui said.
“She will also develop a new market audience for Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginal contemporary jewellery, taking her design to the next level of professionalism.”
Emily Beckley said this funding will assist her in developing new skills and techniques.
“I will be able to create a collection of Torres Strait Island jewellery, inspired by the history of jewellery making and design, to develop contemporary pieces and showcase the unique beauty of my culture," Ms Beckley said.
Speaker of the House and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said it was fantastic to see local artists supported through the Individuals Fund.
“Local artist Janet Fieldhouse will explore her Torres Strait Islander culture through three new exhibitions to be staged at the Cairns Regional Gallery, Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane and the Melbourne Art Fair.”
Janet Fieldhouse said the funding was wonderful recognition.
“This gives me the opportunity to produce new works for three major exhibitions in 2020, helping to increase awareness of Torres Strait Islander art and introducing my ceramic work to new audiences,” Ms Fieldhouse said.
“I am very grateful for the support,” she said.
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch congratulated the recipients and highlighted how the Individuals Fund connects Queensland artists to the latest global technology, trends and thinking within their individual disciplines.
“The Individuals Fund provides artists with once in a lifetime opportunity to further their careers on a national and international stage,” Ms Enoch said.
“Several artists will undertake professional development, training and residencies overseas in order to expand their skills within their field.”
Minister Enoch said the fund helps emerging and established individual artists and cultural workers to participate in professional development opportunities that will expand their industry networks and propel their careers.
For more information about Arts Queensland’s Individuals Fund visit www.arts.qld.gov.au.
List of Individuals Fund recipients – Far North Queensland
- Ms Emily Beckley - $10,000 to create a collection of Torres Strait Islander jewellery, showcasing Indigenous culture and traditions, and taking her jewellery design to the next level of professionalism.
- Ms Janet Fieldhouse - $10,000 to explore her Torres Strait Islander culture through the production of new work for three major exhibitions.
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