The Melbourne Airport Emerging Talent Program
was established in 2001 to support and encourage our outstanding upcoming artists. Over the six years since its inception the Melbourne Airport Awards have grown to include five separate annual prizes across diverse art forms including visual arts, comedy, film, classical music and fringe performance.
The Awards provide travel assistance to enable young artists to attend international arts events such as the Venice Biennale, the Edinburgh Fringe and the Berlin Film Festival. Melbourne Airport plan to expand the number of Emerging Artist Awards offered in the years ahead.
“Melbourne is the undisputed cultural capital of Australia. The arts remain one of the key reasons interstate and international visitors flock to Melbourne and why we love living here. The Melbourne Airport Emerging Talent Program is our way of ensuring this city continues to be the vibrant cultural hub that it is,”
said Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Barlow
The unique relationship between Melbourne’s leading cultural institutions and Melbourne Airport advances the connection and commitment between business groups and the arts. ”Our support is an acknowledgement of the outstanding local talent here in Melbourne and the dedication of these artists. Our aim is to provide assistance and encouragement for our upcoming artists to reach their full potential. We see it as an investment in the cultural future of Melbourne,”
said Mr Barlow
The Melbourne Airport Emerging Talent Program supports the following festivals, events and cultural awards:
MELBOURNE AIRPORT EMERGING AUSTRALIAN FILMMAKER AWARD
Melbourne International Film Festival
The Melbourne Airport Emerging Australian Filmmaker Award gives young filmmakers Australian and international recognition of their work, and sends the winner to the celebrated Berlin Film Festival.
• 2007 MELBOURNE AIRPORT EMERGING AUSTRALIAN FILMMAKER AWARD
winner announced on 10 AUG 07.
MELBOURNE AIRPORT “I’M OFF TO EDINBURGH” AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING MELBOURNE NEWCOMER
The Age Melbourne Fringe Festival
The Melbourne Airport "I'm off to Edinburgh" Award for Outstanding Melbourne Newcomer provides the winner with the chance put their skills to the test in front of one of the world's largest arts audiences at the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The 2006 winner Kate McLennan is currently preparing for the Edinburgh Fringe debut of her show The Debutante Diaries at this year’s festival.
• 2007 MELBOURNE AIRPORT ‘I’M OFF TO EDINBURGH AWARD’
winner announced on 13 OCT 07
MELBOURNE AIRPORT INNOVATOR AWARD
Linden, St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Arts
The Melbourne Airport Innovator Award at Linden, St Kilda’s centre for contemporary art, recognises innovation and boundary-pushing art and sends the winner to the Venice Biennale Vernissage.
MELBOURNE AIRPORT BEST NEWCOMER AWARD
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
The Melbourne Airport Best Newcomer Award is presented to the best first-time performer at the Comedy Festival and sends the winner to the prestigious Brighton Comedy Festival in the UK. Past winners include Fiona O’Loughlin (2001) and Eddie Perfect (2004). The 2007 winner, Josh Thomas was invited to the prestigious Montreal Juste Pour Rire Festival this year so his Melbourne Airport Emerging Talent prize has been used to fund this international trip instead of supporting Josh to travel to Brighton Festival. Josh is currently performing in Montreal.
MIETTA SONG RECITAL AWARD
The Mietta Song Recital is one of Australia's premier cultural programs to nurture classically-trained vocalists and is held in memory of Melbourne food and cultural icon Mietta O'Donnell. The Mietta Song Recital Award provides a musical scholarship to the winning singer to further their study in Europe.
To find out more about the Melbourne Airport Emerging Talent Program visit: www.melbourneairport.com.au/emergingtalent