Youth arts organisation Carclew has doled out $50,000 worth of funding to young local creators in its latest wave of Project and Development grants.
With his piece Ride to Church scoring him a place among the 2019 Ramsay Art Prize finalists, Pierre Mukeba is already enjoying national prominence for his colourful and personal drawings. A breakout hit at last year’s Melbourne Art Fair, Carclew has provided $8,000 in funding to help Mukeba create new work to be exhibited at Sydney Contemporary’s Art Fair in September 2019.
The striking work of Emmaline Zanelli is as likely to be seen on the walls of Adelaide’s most beloved restaurants as its leading galleries. With $10,000 in funding Zanelli will bring together six female artists for a series of experimental, multidisciplinary collaborations culminating in a FELTspace Gallery exhibition and photobook in September. Other visual artists to receive support include Bernadette Klavins, who will be mentored by artist and Bridget Currie before mounting a joint exhibition later in the year.
Having recently performed at both St Jerome’s Laneway Festival and Groovin’ the Moo this year, Kenyan-born 19-year-old singer songwriter Elsy Wameyo will receive $9,600 to create her debut five track EP. Wameyo has previously worked extensively with SAM Award winning rapper Dyspora and his Elizabeth-based record label collective Playback 808, which released Wameyo’s first two singles Daily and Intuition. As part of the project Wameyo will collaborate with Adelaide artist Dave Court and producer Mario Spate, whose credits include Tkay Maidza’s breakthrough single Brontosaurus.
Other musicians to benefit from this funding round include blues rock group St Morris Sinners who will mount a seven-date tour of France around a performance at the Bicnic Folk and Blues Festival, and 15-year-old songwriter Angus Brill Reed who will also record a debut EP.
“Being a black female artist in Adelaide, it means the world to me that I have this level of recognition and support behind my work,” Wameyo says of the funding. “It reassures me that truly there’s no difference between me and the next big thing.”
Emerging pianist and songwriter Olivia Bozzon was also awarded the June S. Tanner Scholarship, an annual joint initiative with the Independent Arts Foundation and Italia-Australia Association. The scholarship, valued at $4,000, will see Bozzon head to Italy to undertake a residency at Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci in Florence.