We are delighted to announce the two talented artists selected for ArtScreen 2023 are Sofya Gollan and Guy Morgan.
Each artist will create a new video artwork which explores themes of identity, access and social connectedness to be screened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in December 2023. They will each receive $13,000 in grant funding towards the production of their work and undertake a professional mentorship with experienced video artists Dr Zanny Begg and Dani Pearce. An additional $9,500 of in-kind production support is available from our partnering organisations Bus Stop Films and Western Sydney community creative hub ACE.
“ArtScreen aims to broaden engagement with, and appreciation of, the distinctive insights and skills of artists with disability,” says Accessible Arts CEO, Liz Martin. “The MCA provides a high profile showing and creates a unique opportunity for artists with disability. Previous ArtScreen work has gone on to be further developed and selected as part of this year’s Cannes Short Film Festival.”
“We are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity again in 2023 and look forward to seeing what these talented artists will create through this exciting program.”
About the Artists
Sofya is a writer, director and an award-winning filmmaker. A graduate from both NIDA and AFTRS, her career spans a number of disciplines. As an actor she is best known for being on Play School for over 30 years, normalising disability onscreen well before it was recognised as essential representation. She is also a playwright and has been a Griffin Playwrights Studio Resident. As a filmmaker she has been nominated for four AFI/ACCTA Awards for her films (Best Screenplay and Best Director) which have screened extensively in Australia and internationally. As a writer, director and developer her work is informed by the experience of the outsider, seeking to illuminate these characters in contemporary storytelling.
Sofya Gollan is being mentored by Dani Pearce.
Guy’s art practice is eclectic but he is best known for his work in portraiture. He was a finalist in the Archibald Prize (twice) and has also appeared in the Moran Prize and Salon des Refusés. He holds a Master of Studio Arts (Painting) from Sydney College of the Arts and served on the Academic Board. Between 2017-2020 he was a Board Member of Arts Access Australia. Currently Guy teaches painting as part of the Pine Street Creative Tutor Panel for City of Sydney.
Guy Morgan is being mentored by Dr Zanny Begg.
Image Description: Headshots of the two selected artists. Left: Guy Morgan has a short white beard and green glasses. He is wearing a grey hat and jacket. Right: Sofya Gollan has short cropped red hair and is wearing a striped top.