Issue Number 3 - December 2016

A word from our CEO

Future sampling

Soda_Jerk, winners of IPMIC3
This month, we are pleased to announce the winner of the third Ian Potter Moving Image Commission (IPMIC3). In contrast to previous IPMIC winners, Soda_Jerk is a two-person collective, and is widely known for their collaborative work with artists from other disciplines. 

We congratulate Soda_Jerk on winning the commission and now keenly anticipate their IPMIC3 commission, Terror Nullius, which will premiere at ACMI in early 2018. 

I particularly wish to thank the Judging panel for IPMIC3 chaired by Katrina Sedgwick, Director and CEO of ACMI. The Panel have offered their considerable time and expertise to carefully determine a shortlist from the many applications received and then finally select the IPMIC3 winner. I also want to acknowledge Louise Arkles and Mairead Phillips, who diligently coordinate and manage the application process here at the Cultural Trust.

Lastly, I hope all our Cultural Trust grantees, past and present, have had a successful year, one of opportunity to further develop their artistry.  We are very pleased to be able to share your stories via this newsletter, our website and social channels, so please keep sending us news of your accomplishments.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy and prosperous 2017.

Craig Connelly



IPMIC3 awarded to Soda_Jerk

Opening still from The Was, Soda_Jerk & The Avalanches with Chris Hopkins & Al Smithee, 2016
We’re thrilled to announce that the third Ian Potter Moving Image Commission has been awarded to the video sampling collective Soda_Jerk.

Formed in Sydney in 2002, Soda_Jerk is a two-person art collective whose archival practice spans video installations, cut-up texts, screensavers and lecture performances. Currently based in New York, they have collaborated with artists including Sam Smith, VNS Matrix, and most recently, the Avalanches, and form part of the collective that runs Brooklyn microcinema Spectacle Theatre.

The commission will allow Soda_Jerk to develop an exciting new work, Terror Nullius, which is set to premiere at ACMI in 2018.

Lady Potter AC, Trustee of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, commended Soda_Jerk on being awarded the third Ian Potter Moving Image Commission.

“After two successful previous commissions, I am confident the audience will find this ambitious new work by Soda_Jerk both exciting and intriguing. No doubt, Soda_Jerk’s Terror Nullius will draw a young audience with their contemporary approach and use of digital media. This marks another exciting chapter of the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission which is intended to encourage exploration of moving image as an art form.”

Find out more at The Ian Potter Moving Image Commission’s website.

New grantees

Round 3, 2016

Our final round of Cultural Trust grants for 2016 saw 14 emerging artists awarded $87,835, allowing them to pursue a variety of residencies, mentorships and study programs across the world. Our grantees will travel to countries including Germany, Belgium, Laos, India and the USA to enhance their individual practices and learn more about their respective fields, which range from fashion, jewellery design and ballet, to lighting design and cinematography.

We have profiled a handful of our grant recipients, whose stories you can find below.

Congratulations to all our successful grantees, and we look forward to hearing about your learnings abroad.

Visit our website for more information on our latest grantees.

Recent grantee

Jewellery Design

Gretal Ferguson

Since her years as an undergraduate, Gretal has aspired to study silversmithing in Europe, where there is a strong tradition of the craft.

With the help of a Cultural Trust grant, that dream will now become reality, as she continues a Masters in Jewellery, Silversmithing, and Related Products at the Birmingham City University School of Jewellery.
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Recent grantee

Lighting Design

Amelia Lever-Davidson

New grantee Amelia Lever-Davidson will travel to London to undergo mentorships with renowned lighting designers, Paule Constable and Jon Clarke.

She looks forward to further shaping her individual vision and lighting aesthetics, building professional connections in the international theatre industry, and learning from some of the leading designers within the field.
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Recent grantee


Max Thomas Sanderson

For Max, fashion today is fundamentally a global industry, which is why attending the prestigious Institut Français de la Mode, Paris, represents the logical next step in his promising career.

This opportunity will allow Max to master his craft and develop international industry connections, while continuing to work towards his aspiration of enriching menswear design in Australia.
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Recent grantee


Bianca Scudamore

Rising star Bianca Scudamore is the first Australian dancer in over 20 years to be accepted into the preeminent Paris Opera Ballet School.

With the support of a Cultural Trust grant, Bianca will complete her final two trimesters, at the end of which she will audition for her chance to be contracted with the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet Company.
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Grantee stories

Up and coming

Kim Anderson received a Cultural Trust grant to undertake a three-month residency at DRAWinternational, a centre for artistic research in Caylus, France, with a specific focus on drawing theory and practice.

Here Kim explains how the experience allowed her “to gain confidence in my work and take some risks that I would never have taken otherwise.”

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Image: Untitled (work in progress), 2016. Photo credit: Kim Anderson.

As a 2012 Cultural Trust grantee, Claude Jones travelled to Mexico, the USA and Europe to research and work within the field of ceramic sculpture and painting.

Her upcoming solo exhibition demonstrates her current interest in mixed media prints and her ongoing exploration of humans’ relationships with animals.

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Grantees in the news

Grantees to Fellows

Bec Reid performing at the ANTI Contemporary Arts Festival, Kuopio, Finland
Not one, but two of our past Cultural Trust grantees have recently been awarded Australia Council fellowships, each worth $80,000 across two years. Bec Reid was the recipient of a 2015 Cultural Trust grant, and is well-known for her work producing participatory arts projects for a diverse range of communities and groups. Theatre director Katerina Kokkinos-Kennedy received a Cultural Trust grant in 2001, and has since established her own company, Triage, with a focus on participatory live art works.

The fellowship represents a further exciting opportunity for these two established artists to advance their professional development, and to continue to experiment and learn within their fields.


Apply for a grant

Funding Round Dates

The current round of Cultural Trust grants will close on Tuesday 17 January 2017. Please note this round is for projects or travel after 5 May 2017.

For all information regarding current and future funding rounds, please visit the Cultural Trust website.

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust is fully funded by The Ian Potter Foundation, a major Australian philanthropic
foundation that supports and promotes excellence and innovation.
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