ACT Arts Fund 2012


Previous funding recipients: ACT Arts Fund 2012

$750,000 in Grants to Support ACT Arts (Media Release, 14 October 2011)

A distinguished musician and academic is one of 54 individuals who will share in ACT Arts Fund grants worth almost $750,000, ACT Minister for the Arts Joy Burch announced today.

Among the recipients is Susanne Powell who is the ACT’s Creative Arts Fellow for 2012 and has been awarded $45,000 from the Fund.

“The ACT Arts Fund is a critical investment in our arts community, encouraging innovative thinking, original ideas and new perspectives across a range of disciplines,” Ms Burch said.

“I would like to particularly congratulate Susanne Powell, a highly experienced and critically acclaimed musician who has had a distinguished career as a piano chamber music player, accompanist and orchestral pianist.

“As the ACT’s Creative Arts Fellow for 2012 Ms Powell - presently a Senior Lecturer at the ANU School of Music and a principal pianist for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra - will study the playing techniques and repertoire of the celeste in Australia, Europe and USA.”

Along with the Creative Arts Fellow, Ms Burch also announced the recipients of the Communities Working with Artists funding and Project funding categories.

Among the recipients of the Communities Working with Artists were Parkinson's ACT Inc, awarded $5,872 to help it with costs of putting on a series of visual art workshops and $15,000 for Communities@Work to help develop a project for young street artists.

Among the recipients of the Project funding were Liz Lea, who received $39,750, to assist with the costs of a new dance production and to Music ACT, $10,000 to assist with costs of staging professional development workshops.

2012 ACT Creative Arts Fellowship

Susanne Powell is a highly experienced and critically acclaimed musician who has had a distinguished career as a piano chamber music player, accompanist and orchestral pianist. She is presently a Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University School of Music and has been a principal pianist for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for many years.

In her fellowship year, Powell intends to study and investigate the playing techniques and repertoire of the celeste in Australia, Europe and USA. This experience will enhance her expertise and lead her to become one of the few specialists of this instrument in Australia.

The celeste is an instrument similar in appearance to an upright piano, but with a sound more akin to a glockenspiel. One of the best-known works that makes use of the celeste is Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from The Nutcracker.

The process of this work, including research travels, will be diarised and available as a blog by the artist.

2012 Communities Working with Artists Successful Applications
2012 Project Funding Successful Applications