Announcing Creative Development Micro-Grant Recipients

Wyndham City is thrilled to announce the recipients of the Creative Development Micro-Grant program which launched in May.

The Creative Development Grant supports the creation of new work by five local Wyndham creatives within the local community with a focus on the development of a creative community project, business and/or practice. Each recipient received a $2,500 scholarship.

The five Creative Development Grant recipients were selected for their individual artistic ideas and each brings a different element and local flavor.

Damon Paraha – Develop an online platform called The Movement Productions, to support artists through the creation and distribution of original, visual/audio content for consumption via YouTube and live streaming platforms.

Amelia O’Leary – A Certain Mumble is a dance film that encompasses Amelia’s journey with choreography. The movement shows Malaysian dancer Janelle Tan and Aboriginal woman Amelia dancing a duet, revealing and sharing aspects of identity, culture, hidden histories, lineages and dance history.

Tania Canas – adapting a socially engaged practice into a digital platform with the long-term displaced Salvadoran community. The project seeks to develop a participatory and community-led digital archive with the community.

Melissa Lazaridis – James + Melissa Lazaridis Collaboration to produce 10 works. Melissa will start working on the development and production of a set of 2D painting/drawing works.

Fatima Measham – A creative response to western prairie values, to foster connections between people and place. The project will integrate the research into a storytelling website with elements that can be reused in other formats.

Wyndham City Creative City Portfolio Holder Cr Marcel Mahfoud said: “Wyndham City is committed to providing continued support to local creatives, particularly as the arts and creative industries have been severely impacted by the pandemic.”

“This is the third round of micro-grants the Council is awarding to the creative arts industry to support local creative development.”

“It is important that the Council supports the local arts and creative sector, encourages and supports local creatives and ensures that our city is a vibrant and creative city.

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