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Image: Exposure test, Laura Hindmarsh, 2014

Laura Hindmarsh - Arts Tasmania Artsbridge Grant

Monday, 10 August 2015

Tasmanian early-career artist Laura Hindmarsh applied to the Artsbridge March 2014 round to assist her undertake a self-funded residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts studio in Paris followed by a training and mentorship intensive in London.

Here are some insights from Laura's experience.

What did this opportunity allow you to do?

With the support of the Artsbridge grant I was able to travel to Europe for a three month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris followed by a 6 week project in London during which I undertook a mentorship with artist Sally Golding and received tuition in analogue film processing at artist film lab and Double Negative Darkroom. This opportunity enabled me to research and develop new work whilst extending networks internationally.

Why did you apply?

I was awarded a self-funded place at Rosamund McCulloch studio in Paris through the University of Tasmanian and knew that I wanted to use this opportunity to spend substantial time overseas developing new work, researching masters programs and just in general take in all these cities have to offer.

I had previously applied for a different larger grant to undertake the project in London and been unsuccessful, so I decided to give it another stab by approaching a number of funding bodies. It was made possible by combining the Artsbridge grant with funding from the Copyright Agency Creative Individuals Career Fund and the Ian Potter Foundation Career Fund along with my own savings.

Why was this opportunity important to you as Tasmanian Artists?

As everyone who has been will tell you the McCulloch studio at the Cité is a very special place that only graduates of the Tasmanian College of Art have access to. It was not so much what I saw in Paris but really having the time and space in this home away from home to reflect on my practice take new directions with my work. It also puts you in a hive of artists, musicians, dancers, curators, filmmakers and writers from all over the world and restored my confidence about being an artist.

In London, working with my mentor Sally I gained valuable advice in managing a career as an interdisciplinary artist creating work that is often difficult to produce, exhibit, document and hence market. Through Sally I was introduced to a number of industry and artist peers working in the in London experimental film community. The tuition at and Double Negative Darkroom provided new skills, knowledge and the ability to independently film, hand process and project 16mm film work.

What would you say were the key outcomes of your project?

The outcomes of this project far exceeded my initial expectations. As well as gaining new skills and knowledge, I was also able to produce my first film work to exhibit at a one night screening at Apiary Studios alongside established London artist Bea Haut. By travelling and working overseas enabled me to ascertain how my practice sits within an international community and audience.

Another significant outcome of my project was the opportunity to network and make valuable peer connections, many of whom I continue to have contact with. The community of experimental filmmakers and visual artists I engaged with whilst in London was extremely generous in welcoming and supporting me. As such, I have since decided to relocate temporally to London to develop further work, follow up with contacts, and to investigate opportunities to exhibit overseas, or bring other artists work to Australia.

What's next for you?

I am about to travel to Japan where I will be undertaking a collaborative residency with artist Dylan Sheridan at the Kyoto Arts Center thanks to AsiaLink and Arts Tasmania. I have spent this year researching early Japanese cinema and I hope to use the filmmaking techniques I have learnt in London through this project. Then Dylan and I wish to showcase the work in Tasmania I have a couple of works in the making for projects down there next year so I hope to get back soon!

* Laura Hindmarsh received an Artsbridge grant which supports individual artists, partnerships, collaborations and unincorporated groups working in any artform to undertake opportunities that emerge out of round. These opportunities may be interstate or overseas and should be strategically important in terms of your professional and artistic development.

Image: Exposure test, Laura Hindmarsh, 2014.