stART grant program

Congratulations to the successful applicants!

These 15 artists will invest their funds into supporting their business during the COVID19 recovery phase. We look forward to seeing the how the investment helps towards creative opportunities for the artists and this City. Congratulations.

Mint Art House: Planning and development of a semester-long program of summer workshops and artist-talks in Burleigh Heads.

Mayella Dewis: A First Nations podcast where creatives and artists can discuss their experiences, successes and failures within a western framework.

Thomas E.S. Kelly: Proud Bundjalung-Yugambeh, Wiradjuri and Ni-Vanuatu man who uses mostly dance, film, theatre, music, puppetry and teaching. He will be upgrading equipment to aid his video and music productions for ‘Shake A Leg’, a series of dance classes made for everyone and other works in development stages.

Eduardo Knox: Development of a specific sculpture titled ‘Umbrella Effect’ for the Swell Sculpture Festival 2020.

Jayne Fenton-Keane:  Develop writing on a site-specific work for Binna Burra and Lamington National Park with local artists.

Shannen Jones: Creation of an aluminium handstand and contortion table and creation of a new circus contortion act marketed towards corporate entertainment and events.

Marcel Lim: Exploring and learning artistic photography and learning to produce editorial images.

Guy Cooper: Capturing the artistic sounds of the Gold Coast in 3D Ambisonic surround sound and 360 Video delivered in a digital website-based project.

CJ Anderson: Is a designer focusing on furniture and objects based on the Gold Coast and will purchase equipment to continue ongoing creative developments in scale and scope.

Rebecca Ross: Continued creative development supported by technology upgrades to sustain artistic activities.

Thea Skelsey: Creation of tapestries to materialize a current story of time and place.

Aaron Dexter:  Continued development in being a stunt performer for film and television.

Dat Ly: A qualified dancer who is purchasing equipment to develop portfolio’s for other artists.

Sally Wright: Purchase of new materials to development new artwork for a SE QLD Arts space.

Josie Feingold: Circus workshops and shows in schools.


The stART Grant Program was established by Arts Queensland to support Queensland independent creative practitioners including artists, artist collaborators, producers, designers, technicians, freelance and other arts workers impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

15 Gold Coast artists have been selected to receive funding of $3000 each to support ideation, preparation, planning and collaboration activities focussed on future creative opportunities during COVID recovery phase.

Arts Queensland engaged Placemakers* Gold Coast as Delivery Partners to deliver the stART Grant Program throughout the Gold Coast region.  If you are in other region of the State please visit the links below to find out about the other regional delivery partners for your area.



Should you have any enquiries about the stART Grant Program please contact our Operations Manager, Kasmira on [email protected] or 55256468.