Creating professional pathways for artists.
Studio A tackles the barriers that artists living with intellectual disability face in accessing conventional education, professional development pathways and opportunities needed to be successful and renowned visual artists. The enterprise paves professional pathways for such artists so they can achieve their artistic and economic aspirations.
Funds raised: $22,100
Studio A pitched at The Funding Network in Sydney on 20 June 2016 and through funds facilitated that evening, has been able to work as a consultant and broker between Emily and the City of Sydney.
Emily Crockford is an artist supported by Studio A. In 2016, Emily was one of ten artists selected by the City of Sydney (out of 520 submissions) for their Site Works project: a collection of original, contemporary Australian artworks licensed for use on construction sites across Sydney.
Through funds raised, Studio A has been able to manage all administration and financial matters relating to payment for Emily's services, providing training, materials, staff and technical support for the realisation of her artistic vision and marketing and promoting Emily's projects, artwork and artistic practice.
The money raised in Sydney has been applied toward the operational costs of delivering Studio A's annual program, funding professional standard art materials for Studio A's artist to use and partially funding key positions of Marketing Coordinator and CEO/Artistic Director. These two roles are responsible for (respectively, and among other things) (a) designing and delivering marketing plans for each of our artists and (b) enabling the exhibition of artists' work in leading galleries and festivals.
"The view is amazing from up here": follow artist Syke Saxon's creative journey throughout the development and performance of her work 'The Snowflake Sharman' during her residency and the four-day arts festival in the NSW town of Kandos.
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Impact stories from the field
The TFN team had the privilege of visiting Studio A's new art space in Crowsnest in February 2018. We spoke to the artists about their art, their aspirations and what it is they love about coming to Studio A. Read their stories below.