I wrote about three versions and then realised that there is really very little, or rather that I can actually say it succinctly.
steadily low. It is nowhere enough to make us really propel some serious new work in Australia, but it is steady. (i.e.: there are two bursaries for up to $20 000 twice a year with multicultural arts Victoria) as well as some good scholarships/grants for indigenous artists.Why these things? They Are significant to my personal context: immigrant/refugee background, independent artist with predominantly gay/lesbian friends. My music and theatre work often deal with issues and challenges of expressing cultural and spiritual identity, but does so in a poetic, metaphoric and slippery way that is more akin to meditation rather then to explore literal specifics. And say this slippery metaphoric realm of art work requires for the artist to be alert awake and present with the every day changes in the society.
Nela describes herself as a thirty something perpetual child and a never-ending student trying to make sense of the world through song, chamber music, languages and performance art. She holds a masters degree from WAAPA and PhD from Victorian College of the Arts. Composes sings, hula hoops, belly dances and, above all, lives. In Melbourne. And is called Nela Trifkovic. Over and out. With a kiss.
Nela and her husband James founded the Eagles Nest Theatre Company in 2006, home of the celebrated touring show Charles Dickens Performs a Christmas Carol. The Nest place the highest value on the simple craft of telling a story. We tour to schools, regional and metropolitan venues, and internationally, producing a range of classics and original Australian scripts.