The STILE Mentorship Program is a unique opportunity being delivered by Tuggeranong Arts Centre in 2019, which will give emerging artists and community leaders from diverse and marginalised backgrounds the opportunity to undertake a paid mentorship with some of Australia’s leading artists and community development practitioners.
Each participant will be mentored by the lead artist on one of TAC’s core CACD projects in 2019. They will also receive training from TAC staff, support to access further professional development, and the opportunity to develop and deliver a small arts project with their respective community.
STILE Mentees 2019
Simone Georgia Bartram is an actor who happens to have a disability, which she calls a “different ability.” She feels that she is still fairly new to the business of acting and is still learning her craft although she has been involved in acting for eleven years. Her love of acting first started back in 2006 when she performed in Wakakirri as a comet. The feeling grew through high school and college when she had the opportunity to participate in performances of various plays and perform monologues.
After she graduated with a major in drama, she began to work with companies such as Rebus Theatre and Harvest Rain Theatre Company.
Hangama Obaidullah came to Australia from Afghanistan as a refugee in August 2003. At that time she spoke no English, but in October that year she began her English language studies and rapidly completed 500 hours. She enrolled as a mature age student at St Mary’s Senior High School, Sydney, NSW, graduating with her Higher School Certificate in 2009. She received an Award for Excellence, Major Works, and a Commendation Award for her HSC body of artwork.
Since arriving in Australia, Hangama has developed her arts practice in painting, drawing, photography and writing. She moved to Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory in 2010 where she is currently studying for a Bachelor of Writing at University of Canberra. Hangama’s work has been exhibited in a variety of public venues in Canberra, other Australian capital cities and internationally and she has regularly participated in a variety of conferences and events for women and refugees.
Bryce Scowcroft is Profoundly Deaf and really likes Red Bulls and rice. He has been a part of the Tuggeranong Arts Centre community for the last three years, first participating as a student in the Messengers Program, which led to his artistic skills being recognised, and being employed as a tutor’s assistant after finishing school. Early this year he was asked to be a part of the Mentorship program, which he hopes will provide amazing opportunities and teach him the necessities of running a workshop/event.
Bryce’s preferred art form is Mixed Media Street art, which allows him to create bright and boisterous pieces. Some may say his art matches his personality. Mixed media Street art is a term he uses to describe his work, as he likes to work across all mediums, and apply many different techniques and materials to a piece. He has found this works well when trying to find inspiration and/or reasons to create.
Florin Douglas is an emerging performer and producer. He is a recent graduate from a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and Gender & Cultural Studies at the ANU. Florin brings to his menteeship a background in advocacy for transgender and gender diverse populations in the ACT, as well as experience with performing and producing in the Canberra drag and nightlife circuit.
If you are interesting in finding out more about this exciting opportunity, please email Aidan.firstname.lastname@example.org