Karla Dickens awarded Indigenous Arts Fellowship

Karla Dickens awarded Indigenous Arts Fellowship

Arts Northern Rivers and Rivers of Art Aboriginal Corporation congratulate the recipient of the 2010 Indigenous Arts Fellowship, Karla Dickens, an esteemed local artist based in Lismore. The Fellowship presentation was held at the Sydney City Hall, Wednesday 18 August.

The biennial NSW Indigenous Arts Fellowship was established in 1996 by the NSW government in partnership with the Sydney City Council to assist Indigenous artists to develop their career.

Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore who presented the fellowship to Karla told the Koori Mail that the fellowship supported quality Indigenous projects that promoted arts and culture in NSW by helping artists to develop a body of work, understake professional study or training of their choosing.

Karla Dickens said, “it was a great honour to be chosen from a group of such high standing artists and win the fellowship.

“I am thrilled now that I have financial support to develop a new body of work.”

In her letter to Karla, Virginia Judge MP, Minister for the Arts, wrote that the selection panel was impressed by her original and innovative proposal and pleased that the Fellowship would provide suppport to a regionally based NSW Indigenous artist.

The Fellowship follows her success last year when she was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts grant to explore and expand her embracing Black Madonna series.

Karla’s proposal involves translating the cross-cultural language of footy by visually exploring the continued influence the South Sydney Rabbitohs’ iconic rabbit logo has on the community and the NSW landscape.

“I, like most blackfellas in NSW live cross-cultural lives and share histories deserving of being told, showcased as authentic aboriginal art embracing our reality of being the first to be invaded, settled and assimilated.”

As a young Wiradjuri girl who grew up in south Sydney, it was compulsory for Karla to attend Rabbitoh matches with her family.

“I learnt to talk footy – our communal language, and live the team spirit,” Karla said.

“This community experience, sense of belonging, and the life-giving red and green blood has never left me even though I now live in regional NSW.”

It doesn’t matter where I go in NSW there are always images of rabbits to remind me of my childhood in Redfern.

Karla has already started a series of paintings and fibre works on this theme and is looking forward to experimenting with digital media with the assistance of Nils Crompton a professional filmmaker and emerging digital artist.

“I want to take photos of supporters in their country, tell a regional-statewide story of the Rabbitohs and the passion that extends beyond the streets of Sydney”.

Karla is interested to hear from supporters who are interested in participating in her project by having their photo taken.

Please leave your details with Arts Northern Rivers on 02 6628 8120 orĀ info@artsnorthernrivers.com.au

Karla anticpates her body of work will be ready for exhibition in Sydney in October/November.

Source: Arts Northern Rivers http://www.artsnorthernrivers.com.au/pages/news-features-news-karla-dickens-awarded-indigenous-arts-fellowship