Samstag media release
INAUGURAL 'AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS AND ANNE & GORDON SAMSTAG ISCP RESIDENCIES' ANNOUNCED
6 December 2010
The University of South Australia is proud to announce the inaugural grants awarded under the Australia Council for the Arts and Anne & Gordon Samstag ISCP Residencies Program, an experimental funding partnership established in 2009, between Australia's national arts funding agency and the University's prestigious Samstag Program.
The groundbreaking cultural partnership is designed to enhance development opportunities for Australian artists and help them build sustainable careers. The collaborative program provides well-funded annual studio residencies at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York (ISCP).
The two ISCP Residencies are awarded to Benjamin Armstrong, a Melbourne-based artist, whose intriguing sculptural work was recently seen in the 2010 Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art, and Alex Kershaw, one of Sydney's most compelling photo-media artists. They each receive a six-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York – commencing from 2011 – and a supporting stipend and travel grant of $25,000.
Besides enjoying an increased stipend as a result of the partnership, the selected artists also gain formal status as 'Samstag Scholars', a distinction widely prized by the Samstag alumni for its valuable professional cachet.
Short essays on Benjamin Armstrong and Alex Kershaw, commissioned from leading visual arts writer, Dr Peter Hill, are available on the Samstag Program website, along with selected images and biographical information. Benjamin Armstrong and Alex Kershaw now join Christian Capurro and Bridget Currie (recipients of the 2011 Anne & Gordon Samstag Visual Art Scholarships), as 2011 Samstag Scholars.
The Australia Council for the Arts and Anne & Gordon Samstag ISCP Residencies Program is administered through the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, and is open to practicing visual artists, craftspeople, designers and media artists.
For further information contact: Erica Green, Director, Samstag Museum of Art
T: + 618 (08) 8302 0870 or visit www.unisa.edu.au/samstag/
Image: Alex KERSHAW, The Phi Ta Khon Project, 2008-2009, HDV 1080p25/ Quicktime files, image courtesy the artist and GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney