Dame Joan Sutherland Fund
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Dame Joan Sutherland Fund
Recipients 2015
Mark Hilton
Visual Artist
Course/Project: ISCP, New York

Mark Hilton has exhibited widely, including Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Canberra Contemporary Art Spaces, Canberra; Galerie Petronas, Kuala Lumpur; The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne and Careof, Milano. He has undertaken several residencies, including at Viafarini Galerie, Milano, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne and CoLab Projects, Texas. In 2014 the Michael Buxton Collection published Dontworry, examining Hilton’s practice with a key focus on his sculptural work with essays by Dr Chris McAuliffe, Maria Tumarkin and Jarrod Rawlins.


Elise Routledge
Visual Artist
Course/Project: ISCP, New York

Elise Routledge is a curator and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. She graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Art Theory and Master of Art Administration and has worked in curatorial, research and management roles with the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), Experimenta Media Arts, and the British Council Australia. Elise has independently curated exhibitions at Gertrude Contemporary and Firstdraft Gallery and contributed to Un Magazine, Runway, and numerous exhibition catalogues. She has received numerous awards and grants, including an Australia Council Skills and Arts Development grant, and support from the Ian Potter Cultural Fund, Gordon Darling Foundation and Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, American Australian Association to complete a curatorial residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York in 2016.




Sebastian Dunn
Course/project: Northwestern University, Illinois

Growing up within a musical family in rural New South Wales, Sebastian was encouraged to pursue and perform on many instruments from a young age, including percussion, piano, guitar and French Horn. After school, Sebastian moved to Sydney to commence a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance on French horn at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying with Andrew Bain, now the current principal horn of the LA Philharmonic, and Ben Jacks, the current principal horn of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 Sebastian received a full tuition scholarship to pursue a Professional Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Melbourne, which after completion saw him return to Sydney to work as a freelance musician.


Sebastian enjoyed success as a young freelance horn player, performing in a variety of different orchestral contexts including a three-month season of the musical South Pacific, pop concerts with Michael Bolton, Roberta Flack, the Wiggles and the Cinematic Orchestra, as well as symphonic concerts with the Melbourne, Sydney, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and Opera Australia. Sebastian also performed in a season of the Ballet Manon at the Sydney Opera House and a successful national tour with the Australian Opera in The Magic Flute, before moving to Chicago in 2014 to pursue his Masters of Music Performance with Gail Williams at Northwestern University.


Along with performing, teaching is one of Seb’s great passions and it is a long-term goal of his to move back home to share his international learning experience with the next generation of young Australian musicians.

Visual Artist
Course/project: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process, New York

Formed in Sydney, Australia in 2002, Soda_Jerk is a two-person art collective comprised of Dan and Dominique Angeloro. Working exclusively with sampled material, they create rogue histories and counter-mythologies in the form of video installations, cut-up texts, and live video essays. Recent exhibitions and performances have been held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Pioneer Works, NYC, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin; The Substation, Melbourne; Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. They have undertaken residencies at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2010-11), Flux Factory, NYC (2012-13), International Studio and Curatorial Program, NYC (2013-14), the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool (2015) and are currently artists in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space on Governors Island.

Andrea Lim
Course/Project: Seattle University, Washington
Andrea is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Art in Arts Leadership at Seattle University, Washington. In 2014, she founded “The Chamber Project,” an arts organization with the mission to change the way classical music is presented in today’s society, to support emerging musicians, as well as to include a wider audience. That same year, Andrea was appointed Co-Artistic Director of “Chronology Arts” - a not-for-profit contemporary classical new music company which commissions new Australian works by emerging composers. She is a recent graduate from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music majoring in the violin under the tutelage of the Head of Strings Prof Goetz Richter and later Dr Marina Robinson. Andrea is an active performer and has been involved in Opera and Ballet orchestras as well as contemporary music.

Besides performing, Andrea is also passionate about music teaching, street and portrait photography as well as having discussions about privilege, oppression and race. 
Shanie Klas
Course/project: Northwestern University, Illinois

Even before walking, Shanie would use kitchen utensils as sticks, and her brother's head as a drum. Shanie was destined to be a percussionist. Since then she has completed a Bachelor of Music on full scholarship from Monash University where she won the concerto competition in consecutive years. Other prizes include first place in the Australian Marimba Competition (2015), National semi-finalist in both the ABC Young Performer Award (2012) and the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition (2015, 2012). She has performed as soloist with the Adelaide Symphony and the Monash Academy Orchestras. Shanie has toured Europe as a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, and regularly performs with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She is currently studying a Masters of Music Performance at Northwestern University. 

Elizabeth Nowell
Curator & Writer
Course/Project: Brooklyn Museum, New York
Liz is an independent curator, writer and project manager. She has worked for a diverse range of arts organizations including Country Arts SA, College of Fine Arts and Hazelhurst Regional Gallery. Currently she lectures in Contemporary Curatorial Practice at Sydney College of the Arts and manages a number of artist studios. Last year she co-presented SafARI, a major fringe exhibition of the Biennale of Sydney.
Morgan Balfour
Course/Program: Elevator Repair Service Theater, New York
Morgan graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, with a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance, Classical Voice. Roles performed include Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Sandrina from selections of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera. Her concert experience comprises of the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Soprano I in Bach’s Magnificat, and Britten’s War Requiem.
Bridget Balodis
Course/Project: Elevator Repair Service Theater, New York
Bridget trained as a director at the Victorian College of the Arts, Australia. She is interested in new Australian writing and is co-director of experimental theatre company NO SHOW. In 2014 she was part of the MTC’s Women Directors Program. She has presented work with Next Wave Festival, La Mama and NORPA and been assistant director on work at the Malthouse, STC and with Bell Shakespeare.
Isabelle Freeman
Course/project: Mannes College, The New School for
Music, New York
Isabelle is a soprano from Perth, currently studying at Mannes College in New York City. Isabelle completed a Bachelor of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. During her first year at Mannes, Isabelle was accepted into the Young Artist opera program,
performing scenes from Verdi’s Falstaff (Alice), and the roles of Ciesca and Alms Collector in a double bill of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi & Suor Angelica. In
2014 Isabelle was an Emerging Young Artist with the West Australian Opera, and was the recipient of the Bendat Scholarship.
Jason Wing
Visual Artist
Course/project: Residency at International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York
Jason is a Sydney-based artist who strongly identifies with his Chinese and Aboriginal heritage. Calling into question our understanding of history and of our current socio-political reality, Wing repurposes everyday objects and imagery, creating works that are both visually confronting and deceptively simple. Jason holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Graphic Design, Sydney Graphics College. He has exhibited nationally and internationally.
Petrina Hicks
Visual Artist
Course/Project: Artist Residency at Kala Art Institute, California
Petrina Hicks utilises the seductive and glossy language of commercial photography to create artworks that probe at the false promise of perfection, exploring photography's ability to both create and corrupt the process of seduction and consumption. Petrina has exhibited widely though solo and groups shows in Australia, Europe, USA and Asia. Her work was recently selected to be shown at; Volta NY 2015, 17th International Videobrasil, Brazil, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China and Art Platform, Los Angeles. Petrina's works belong to various national and international collections including: National Gallery of Australia, AGNSW, Queensland Art Gallery, Tweed River City Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria.
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