Adelaide artists get a start on their art

Four Adelaide art graduates have been successful in applying for career development funding from the Australian Government to help kick-start their careers.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston today congratulated the graduates and noted the diversity of their chosen disciplines.

"Adelaide is a national centre for the arts and the wide variety of art pursued by these four graduates demonstrates the diversity and vibrancy of our arts sector," Senator Ruston said.

The graduates will be supported through the Australia Council’s ArtStart program which provides funding for skills development, training and access to resources to begin a sustainable arts career.

Ninety-nine recent arts graduates across Australia will receive a combined total of almost $1 million. The four recipients in Adelaide are:

  • Thomas Borgas - $9845 to purchase studio equipment, rent studio facilities for 12 months, website redevelopment and a visit to SXSW Interactive;
  • Courtney Jackson - $10,000 to establish an artistic practice in contemporary jewellery;
  • Angela Giuliani - $10,000 to develop a profitable and sustainable research lead arts practice; and
  • Matthew Taylor - $10,000 to help launch a fine bespoke furniture practice.

"The Australian Government is committed to supporting young artists, and helping them to lay foundations for long-term careers through training, mentorship and cultural exchange," Senator Ruston said.

The next round of ArtStart funding closes on 3 March 2015. Artists seeking assistance should visit

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