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2013 recipients

Category Recipient
Acting Johnny CarrKate Sherman and Matilda Ridgway
Painting Gabriella HirstNathan Hawkes and Tully Moore 
Christopher HanrahanKate Scardifield and Patrick Foster
Singing Bryony Dwyer and Lauren Easton



Newcastle-born Johnny first became interested in acting during high school and is currently living in Berlin. The judges agreed that “Johnny is clearly a very talented actor and impressed us with his dedication to the craft.” The view was that he presented a compelling application to study with Steppenwolf Theatre company in Chicago and with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.” Johnny has performed and been involved with the developments for: Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Griffin, Belvoir, The Hayloft Project, Red Stitch, Merigong Theatre Company, Q Theatre, The Store Room and AFTRS. 


Kate Sherman 

The judges thought Kate “presented a very exciting mix of creative destinations in her application” and were particularly impressed with Kate’s strong desire to return to Australia to develop her own company under the influence of her experiences with Ariane Mnouchkine, Theatre de Complicite and Frantic Assembly.” A NIDA graduate, Melbourne based Kate has worked in film television and co-founded and independent theatre company, Cursing the Sea. She recently returned from Europe after studying at E’cole Philippe Gaulier. She will use the scholarship to fund a trip to New York, Paris and London where she will continue to improve both her technique and international networks.

According to the judges, “Matilda has clearly proven her keen ability from her recent and ongoing work with Bell Shakespeare.” Her application was exciting and included attending the Steppenwolf summer school and studying with Philippe Gaulier. They were particularly impressed with Matilda's desire to create her own ensemble incorporating the methodologies of the schools she intends to study with. Matilda graduated from the Ensemble Studios 3 year diploma course in 2008 and has since travelled to New York to attend the prestigious Atlantic Theatre Company School Summer Intensive Program and to train with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company. Matilda will use the scholarship to first travel to Paris where she will attend L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier, a prestigious French clown school as after which she will travel to Chicago where she will attend the Steppenwolf Theatre Company School.



Gabriella is a practising Visual Artist living in Sydney and recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at The College of Fine Arts COFA UNSW before completing her honours in Fine Arts in 2012 at the National Art School. Her work is multi-disciplinary and has a practical focus on craft techniques and assemblage. The money from the scholarship will go towards funding a residency at the Cite Internationale Des Arts in Paris as well as her travels to Venice and Berlin.


Nathan Hawkes 

Emerging Sydney-based painter Nathan works as a freelance illustrator and designer in addition to his studio practice in Alexandria NSW. The judges were impressed with Nathan’s clever, yet sensitive paintings and hope that the scholarship  will assist Nathan in his study tour of major European and American collections and his extensive and ambitious program of studio visits with leading contemporary artists. Nathan’s painting focuses on how the medium can uniquely engage with ideas of temporality and spatiality. He is particularly interested in the understated way in which the practice of painting can articulate particular aspects of time and space that more ‘time-based’ mediums seem incapable of. 


Melbourne based Tully works as a part time lecturer at the VCA and the judges were impressed with his politically astute and insightful paintings. Tully plans to use the scholarship to fund a proposed body of work which will be based in Europe and that will focus on the areas that are both under political and financial strain due to the European sovereign-debt crisis. The project will primarily be used as a research trip in which Tully will collect documentation that describes the feeling and sentiment that is currently transpiring across Europe. 



Christopher is practicing artist based in Sydney whose work has been exhibited internationally and in Australia. He is an active member of the Artist Run Initiative community and is the founding director of db Project which provides exhibition space to artists to help cultivate experimental and speculative practices free from commercial pressures. With the support of the scholarship, Christopher will spend time in the USA and New York state, researching artists in the collection of the DIA Foundation, Beacon, and developing his own sculptural practice in response. Building on this research he will develop work for forthcoming exhibitions in NSW and Victoria.


Kate Scardifield   

Kate is a practicing artist and works across painting, assemblage and installation. Her work has been exhibited both in Australia and overseas. With the help of the scholarship Kate plans to undertake creative research and professional development opportunities in Spain, Canada and Mexico that will allow her to investigate ritual and ceremonial practices that celebrate the macabre. She will then develop her ideas with a residency in Canada, where new work can be developed. 


Melbourne-based Patrick is involved in an ongoing collaboration with artist and architect Jen Berean. His artwork is concerned with ideas and structures within the built environment. Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2005 he has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and overseas and has been a director at the Melbourne based not-for-profit artist run space TBC for six years. The scholarship will provide support to establish a studio and practice in east London and build on existing networks there, including a mentorship with respected British artist Martin Boyce.



The judges said Bryony’s soprano voice “demonstrates a natural musicality, freshness and excellent potential for the youthful operatic repertoire which is coming her way during her period of study in Wien.” Bryony graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Advanced Opera Diploma and has performed extensively both in Australia and overseas. She has been in Vienna for the past few months and has been offered a contract at Wiener Staatsoper beginning September 2013 and in the European Summer she will be travelling to London to work with some coaches. 


Lauren Easton    

Lauren is a mezzo soprano from Sydney. The judges agreed that Lauren “has a rich, warm, mezzo voice which is beautifully even throughout the entire range and has great expressive potential.” She has performed extensively throughout her career and has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships. .” Lauren will use the scholarship to further her vocal studies in the UK, continuing with her current teacher, Dinah Harris, as well as undertaking regular sessions with coaches and will be employed with Glyndebourne Festival Opera for most of 2013.