ABC RN announces Australia’s best and brightest artistic minds

The ABC has selected five of Australia’s dynamic early-career research talent for its TOP 5 Arts Media 2022 residency. Located in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts District, ABC RN in Melbourne will host successful applicants

The ABC has selected five of Australia’s dynamic early-career research talent for its TOP 5 Arts Media 2022 residency.

Located in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts District, ABC RN in Melbourne will host successful applicants for two weeks of hands-on “in-residence” where they will work with some of Australia’s top journalists and arts broadcasters.

This is a unique opportunity for these culture makers to go behind the scenes with the ABC’s communications experts, honing the skills of these future leaders and role models so that their important work can be celebrated by Australians around the world. entire.

The TOP 5 ABC Arts 2022 are:

  • Dr. Mahesh White-Radhakrishnan: Conservatory of Music – University of Sydney
    Musician and specialist in music and language, White-Radhakrishnan’s research explores the circulation of music and dance in the Indian Ocean with a focus on Sri Lanka.
  • Yvette Lisa Grant: Victorian College of Arts – University of Melbourne
    The research explores the lives, works and practices of Louise Lightfoot, Joanna Priest, Laurel Martyn and Valrene Tweedie who worked in an Australian ballet style and produced many modern works in the mid-20th century.
  • Sarouche Razi: Faculty of Law – Australian National University
    A lawyer, storyteller and researcher, Razi’s work explores how artistic practices can be used in law as methods of advocacy for coronary justice for First Nations families.
  • Dr. Sanne Mestrom: Sydney College of the ArtsUniversity of Sydney
    Mestrom has a sculptural practice that addresses “the female body” in various cultural contexts: philosophical, autobiographical, as well as in the context of art historical and political concerns.
  • Dr Amaara Raheem: Victoria College of the Arts (dance) – University of Melbourne.
    Raheem’s work investigates artist-in-residence programs and how they provide invaluable site-specific infrastructures for critical thinking, cross-cultural collaboration, and artistic experimentation.

Cath Dwyer, director of ABC RN, says the TOP 5 Arts puts us directly in touch with what’s happening in our cultural industries. “RN has always covered arts and culture, so we’re excited to bring an amazing group to the network that will enrich our coverage and connections.” Likewise, the TOP 5 has created an important direct link between the ABC and the Australia Council for the Arts and the University of Melbourne’s VCA.

Rhiannon Brown, Executive Producer of Arts at RN was one of the judges and oversees the TOP 5 in Arts. “The pandemic has particularly affected the arts sector, so it is gratifying to have such a high level of candidates, who are passionate about using the media to reach a wider audience for their work and their important ideas. . We look forward to bringing them to the ABC and working with them on exciting projects.

Director of the VCA, Professor Emma Redding was part of the jury and was impressed by the quality of the entries this year. “The winners of this year’s program are hugely inspiring and reflect the breadth and excellence of arts-based research here in Australia. The arts residencies will equip this talented group with the skills they need to share their innovative ideas with all audiences and help them become advocates for arts-based research in the future. I can’t wait to see what they do next.”

From the Australian Arts Council, Georgie McClean: Executive Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, also served as a judge “These five brilliant Australian artists and thinkers draw on diverse creative passions and wild, rich experiences: of art residences on cargo ships to the world from musical collaborations in Australian pubs to the secret stories of the radical women of Australian ballet. They are all great storytellers, poised to make important contributions to our contemporary cultural conversations, including how art can change the way we approach justice and how parenthood reshapes – or suffocates – creative careers.

The Australian Arts Council is happy to continue supporting incorporation arts practitioners and researchers within Idea-rich ABC National Radio broadens its communication skills and empowering that they bring these stories to the public.

In partnership with the University of Melbourne and the Australian Arts Councilthe ABC TOP 5 artistic residency will be presented at ABC Southbank Melbourne from Monday 17e – 28e October 2022.

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Laura Todd, ABC Communications
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