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American-Australian Arts Fund
Recipients 2018 - Round 2
 Alberta Khoury           Alice Heyward
Currently residing in NYC, Khoury began her undergraduate studies at the Juilliard School with 2-time Grammy award winner Sharon Isbin, awarded a full scholarship by the Augustine Foundation. Now completing her Master of Music degree in Juilliard’s Accelerated Program, she serves as a Student Ambassador for Juilliard. Khoury enjoys pursuing her project Music in Every Corner, playing music in the offices as well as various parts of the building to bring music to the staff and community. Other community engagement experiences include her collaboration with MacArthur Fellow Vijay Gupta, performing music at a homeless shelter. Khoury was invited to present a talk on community engagement as well as share a performance at the Lincoln Center all-staff meeting, Kaplan Penthouse.  She has been heard at an event honoring Placido Domingo graced by Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain at the Metropolitan Club. Khoury is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.          
Alice Heyward is an Australian dancer and choreographer. Her choreographic work has been presented at Dancehouse, Melbourne (Keir Choreographic Award), Murray White Room (Melbourne), Sophiensaele (Tanztage festival, Berlin), Kunsthaus KuLe (Performing Arts Festival, Berlin), adastudio at Uferstudios (Berlin), Next Wave festival (Melbourne), Bus Projects (Melbourne), The Watermill Center (USA), RMIT Design Hub (Melbourne), MPavilion (Melbourne) and PSAS (Perth). This year, Alice is performing Xavier Le Roy’s Still Untitled and Temporary Title (2015) at the Centre National de la Danse - Pantin (Paris)and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) and is collaborating with Jacqui Shelton for an exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne). She will soon commence a new creation process with New York-based Cypriot choreographer Maria Hassabi. Alice is about to commence a Klein Technique ™ Teacher Certification program with Susan Klein in NYC with the support of the American Australian Association.

Ashleigh McArthur
          Celeste Cebra Kotevich

Ashleigh McArthur is a filmmaker currently pursuing an M.F.A in Documentary Film at Stanford University. She is a graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and the recipient of an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant. Her first student film, Pat’s Studio, premiered at the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art with the Antenna Documentary Festival and screened at festivals in Australia and the US. Prior to her filmmaking career Ashleigh spent eight years in the Australian foreign service, where she contributed to public policy on security, human rights and climate change and represented Australia in Solomon Islands, Mexico and the US.

Céleste Cebra is an emerging lens-based artist from Sydney, Australia who resides in Chicago, USA. In 2015, Cebra graduated with a BFA in Photomedia and the Joel Corrigan Memorial Photography Award from the National Art School, Sydney. In 2016 she undertook a residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. In 2017 Cebra unveiled a series created during her residency for her inaugural solo exhibition Quotidian Metropolis. She's a 2018 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award finalist and a Fisher’s Ghost Award finalist. Cebra is a MFA candidate in Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
 Daniel Le            Svetlana Bailey
Australian pianist and American Australian Association 2018 Arts Fund Scholar, Daniel Tang Le, has enjoyed an international career spanning four continents. Beginning his piano studies at the age of three, Daniel received a music scholarship to the Melbourne Grammar School at the age of eleven. By fourteen, he attended the Australian National Academy of Music Young Academy Program and gave his first live radio performances on the Australian Broadcasting Company and 3MBS. After Daniel’s debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2015, he was immediately re-engaged for two consecutive seasons. Other performances have brought Daniel to venues including Lincoln Center in New York, Melbourne Recital Center, Queensland Performing Arts Theatre, and Lyric Theatre in Australia, Waseda University in Japan, and Engadin Summer Piano Academy in Switzerland. Currently based in New York City, Daniel is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Manhattan School of Music          

Touched by occasions that are silently dissonant, that with a different context seem surreal, Svetlana Bailey builds installations and photographs what she terms in-camera collage. Born in St Petersburg in 1984, Svetlana is represented by Artereal Gallery Sydney and has been an artist in residence at the ISCP in New York, the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and the Mountain School in Los Angeles. Her work is held in the Australian Government’s Artbank collection and the Library of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and for the last two years running was awarded the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward prize. Svetlana received her BFA from UNSW and MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. The AAA grant will support Svetlana in a four week residency at the Vermont Studio Center where she will experiment with mediums in large scale drawings as part of a new body of work.

 Zoe Freisburg            

Zoe commenced her violin studies at the age of four under the direction of her mother, Helena Munoz. After completing her Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium with Michele Walsh, she studied at the Australian National Academy of Music under Dr. Robin Wilson.

A passionate solo performer, Zoe has appeared as a soloist in Sibelius’s Concerto with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Mozart’s A Major Concerto with Orchestra Victoria.

In addition to her concerto performances, Zoe is a devoted recitalist touring to China in 2016 with renowned UK pianist Alexander Ullman.

A recipient of numerous awards, Zoe has won the prestigious Kendall National Violin Competition and the Australian Classical Music Competition. She was also selected as a finalist in the Freedman Fellowships and in Symphony Australia’s Young Performer’s Awards.

In 2018, Zoe commenced a Performer Diploma at Indiana University. This course will allow Zoe to study with one of the world’s best violin pedagogues, Mauricio Fuks as well as experiencing IU’s ability of creating excellent and well-rounded artists.


Recipients 2018 - Round 1

Angela Little           Belle Bassin
Angela Little is a screen composer from Sydney, Australia. Her first major credit was Baz Luhrmann’s film “Australia”, for which she composed Additional Music and co-wrote and sang the film’s love song, which was nominated for numerous national and international awards. Since then, Angela has lent her talents to a diverse range of projects, including collaborating with Oscar-nominated composer Marco Beltrami as a vocal soloist on 2016 blockbuster “Gods of Egypt” and composing the score for AACTA-nominated feature documentary “Zach’s Ceremony”, which also won the audience award for Best Documentary at both Sydney and Melbourne International Film Festivals in 2016.          

Belle Bassin is an experimental visual artist. In her practice, she pursues new formats and modes of presentation where she exhibits within urban and biological spaces, as well as within galleries and museums. Situated at the intersection of sculpture and performance, her work often fixates upon the sentient dimension of color and form. Her work is currently concerned with early female Abstraction, the psychic space of visions, and the occupation of bodies and space by invisible forces.

Belle Bassin has exhibited work at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; TarraWarra Museum of Art, Melbourne; and University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, among others. 

Benjamin Heim           Courtenay Cleary

Ben Heim is an Australian composer and creative technologist currently based in New York City. His work spans contemporary classical music, film scoring, live immersive experiences, audiovisual performance, and virtual reality. He has composed music for banking apps in the UK, virtual reality games in Australia, documentaries in New York, audiovisual mapping works in Iceland, and for contemporary classical ensembles across the world.

In his audiovisual installations Heim creates dynamic systems in which strong two-way connections are forged between auditory and visual components. This produces synesthetic experiences as crosstalk between the senses multiplies. Heim's works have been performed across Europe, Australia and the USA in events such as Tallinn Music week (Estonia) and Splice Festival (UK). He has collaborated with many organisations to create immersive events, including the London Contemporary Orchestra, and at the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik.
Courtenay is currently on scholarship at The Juilliard School in New York where she is completing her Master of Music degree with violin professor Naoko Tanaka. She recently received her Bachelor of Music degree with first-class honours from the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with professor Maureen Smith. In 2017 Courtenay performed as a soloist for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other distinguished guests at Westminster Abbey for the Royal Commonwealth Service. This was broadcast live on BBC television. In 2018 Courtenay again performed for the HM the Queen at Buckingham Palace for the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. She has also performed as a soloist at prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall, St James’ Piccadilly, the Regent Hall, Colston Hall and the Lincoln Centre. She recently performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in Sydney and will be returning to Australia in 2019 to give the Australian premiere of David Lang’s
Mystery Sonatas. She is a Tait Memorial Trust and ABRSM scholar, and was recently awarded second prize at the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition as well as the the Dame Joan Sutherland Award from the American Australian Association and the Guy Parsons Award from the Portland House and Australian Music Foundations.
William Gardiner            

William Gardiner is an Australian composer currently studying at the Yale School of Music, where he is mentored by David Lang. In addition to formal studies, he has also worked in sound engineering and electronic production with Ben Frost at Bedroom Community/Greenhouse Studios Iceland, with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts.

In 2017 he was commissioned by the composer John Adams and his partner Deborah O’Grady to write a cello concerto for the Berkeley Symphony and cellist Tessa Seymour, to celebrate Adams’ 70th birthday year. Also in 2017, the LA-based chamber ensemble wild Up premiered ALL IS FOR THE BEST—a video opera co-created with DRELLER, and still under development—as part of The Industry’s First Take 2017 program. 


Recipients 2017

Cat Commander

Writer & Filmmaker

Course/Project: Film and Television MFA at Mount St. Mary's University

Cat is a writer and film maker from Perth, Western Australia. She has a Master of Writing for Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts (2013) and is currently a student in the Film and Television MFA program at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. Cat’s play, The Last Time I Saw Richard, premiered at The Bakehouse Theatre in Adelaide in 2016. Previous work, You Took The Stars was performed in Perth and Melbourne (2014/2015), following Red Stitch Theatre featuring her short play, Melting, in Play List (2014). Cat holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Western Australia (2004). Cat is thrilled to have the opportunity to adapt her stage works for the big screen. 

Justin Sterling

Visual Artist

MFA from Parsons School of Design


I am a visual artist from Texas currently based in Brooklyn. I attended the Parsons School of Design in NYC for an MFA in Fine Arts and graduated in May 2017. I make art out of found objects from cities. I explore how everyday objects shape our social behavior through history and politics. My aim is to unravel the way we view power, authority, and control by revealing various truths about urban ecosystems and American poverty. Many of my artistic propositions include interventions in public as well as the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture, video, installation, and performance.  Much of the work has an underlying tone of violence that I use to create tension inside of the status quo and challenge my audience to think critically. It has always come naturally to me to collect neglected objects and attempt to recycle them. I choose to recycle an object based on its metaphorical or institutional significance, attempting to give them new life and reclaim them from their socio-political censor. In my process, I embrace, provoke, and appropriate to explore the ways violence and risk have a stake in what it means to be a responsible citizen.


Philippa Kane

Theatrical Producer

Philippa studied Drama at QUT, Brisbane, and has been working as a theatrical producer in London, since 2013. She has worked with both new and established companies producing theatre in London, throughout the UK and internationally. Philippa is a 2015 Stage One alumna.

For BeFrank Theatre Company she produced a tour for the British Forces in Germany. This was the first ever theatrical tour of it’s kind. She has also worked with The Reversed Shakespeare Company, producing a sell-out run of a gender-reversed “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Her other experience includes working with Half Moon Children’s Theatre, Icarus Theatre Collective and DumbWise Theatre Company.

                 Victor Avila

  Master of Music at Carnegie

            Mellon University

Victor began his tertiary violin studies with Goetz Richter and Ole Bohn at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2012 and graduated with First Class Honours.

In July 2015 Victor participated in a tour to Italy with the Sydney Conservatorium where he performed in a piano trio which gave recitals in Verona and Mantua.

Victor was selected as part of an internship with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra of Australia to perform Puccini's La Boheme at the Hanoi Opera House in Hanoi, Vietnam. Victor is now a casual violinist with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Victor has given solo recitals at international venues including the Sala Cecília Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the Vigeland Museum in Oslo, Norway. The American-Australian Arts Fund will assist Victor in his study towards a Master of Music degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA.





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