Splendid new artists

Dancer Kristy Ayre is one of 10 emerging artists selected for the Splendid arts initiative.

Ten young, emerging artists have been selected to work with Splendid an Australian arts initiative by the Australia Council for the Arts, Lismore Regional Gallery, Splendour in the Grass, Norpa, and Arts Northern Rivers.

140 applications were received from young artists working in the visual arts, theatre, dance, design, installation, architecture, digital media, sound art, literature and community arts.

Splendid will see these 10 artists develop ideas for new works at a three-week arts lab residency in Lismore in July, assisted by 10 Australian and international art mentors. These concepts will be developed with several finished works premiering at Splendour in the Grass 2010.

Artists selected are dancer Kristy Ayre, who grew up in Lismore and now resides in Melbourne, visual artist Alice Lang, who grew up in Byron Bay and now resides in Brisbane, Byron-based architect Dominic Finlay-Jones, contemporary and community artist Shakthi Sivanathan, performance maker Mish Grigor, cross art former Dario Vacirca, visual new media artist Lachlan Tetlow-Stuart, performer and sculptor Lauren Brincat, multi-media artist Daniel Tanner, and visual artist Carl Scrase.

The dancer

Kristy Ayre attended Lismore Primary and Lismore High Schools. She trained as a dancer at the Wendy Kennedy Dance Academy from the age of seven and was a regular Eisteddford and dance festival junkie, performing at every opportunity.

When I was 15 my mum got a job in Sydney so we had to move, Kristy said. I finished my high school education in Sydney then moved to Melbourne to attend the Victorian College of the Arts. Three years later I completed a Bachelor of Dance, graduating with the Mary Orloff Prize for Most Outstanding Dancer.

Kristy joined the Melbourne-based dance company Chunky Move and has danced regularly for the company ever since. Shes performed all over this shrinking planet with shows in China, Japan, South Korea, the USA, Canada, Mexico, the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Poland and Russia.

I am thrilled to be a part of the 2009 Splendid Arts Lab as Im excited to reconnect with the community in which I grew up, form some new creative partnerships and hopefully create some new work to be included in the 2010 Splendour in the Grass Festival, Kristy said. I cant wait!

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