A record number of arts grants awarded to exceptional aspirants

John Bell

The Bouddi Foundation for the Arts has announced that a record $42,000 worth of grants will be awarded to 24 aspiring creatives through its 2019 Arts Grants program.
Foundation President and celebrated Australian actor-director, John Bell, said this year’s crop of artists were some of the most exceptional the Foundation had ever seen, prompting the record number of grants.
“Every year I am astonished at the depth of talent among young people from the Central Coast and 2019 is no exception.
“Indeed, the level of artistry seems to be improving, which is impressive, since it was already at a high level,” Bell said.
The 24 grants cover a wide range of artistic pursuits, including traditional and classical dance, contemporary and classical music, sculpture, filmmaking, painting, puppetry and musical theatre.
“Most are one-off awards to assist young people with tuition, materials and equipment, upgrading instruments, and the like, but this year we also have two grants that will help cover fees for post-graduate studies at prestigious overseas universities, and for the first time, we are offering a three year scholarship to amazing young guitarist, Min Anh, to help him complete his music degree at Sydney University,” Bell said.
Among the 24 grant awardees, the majority hail from the former Gosford LGA and include: Gabrielle Paananen of MacMasters Beach; Ella Sandeman of Mt Elliott; Jake Cheong (Gosford High School graduate); Kimberley Gilbert of Erina; Amy Flannery of North Gosford; Sophie Kelly of Terrigal; Polytra Liufalani of Copacabana; Harry Moulston of Wyoming; Sebastien del Rosario-Hibbard of Erina Heights; Brad Tham of Springfield; Danielle Guyot of Kariong; Lucas Hollands of Saratoga; Riley Lovell of Davistown; Lucy Parle of Lisarow; and, Niamh Watson and Eliza Williams of Narara.
Bell said the record grant funding this year was made possible due to increases in the number and value of donations.
“We are very grateful for the generosity of our donors, who are the lifeblood of our grants program.
“Donors are responding to the demonstrated success of grants program artists and in turn have given their support.
“It is heartening to see such faith in our young people and commitment to their future,” Bell said.
The grants will be formally awarded during a presentation at Wagstaffe Hall on November 10.
Several recipients will perform at the presentation and Foundation patron and film director, Bruce Beresford, will be interviewed by Bell about his career, including his latest film, Ladies in Black.

Media release, Aug 27
Peter Park, Bouddi Foundation for the Arts

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