News | Designer Danielle Brustman announced as inaugural Bank of Melbourne Collingwood Resident at Collingwood Arts Precinct

Bank of Melbourne and Contemporary Arts Precincts Ltd (CAP) have today announced the inaugural Bank of Melbourne Collingwood Resident: theatrical and interior designer Danielle Brustman. Awarded the 2020 residency following a competitive process where an expert panel reviewed more than 150 applications, Danielle will bring her creative eye to the former classroom originally built in 1938 that will be her office and studio for the next year.

The residency program is a partnership between CAP and Bank of Melbourne, and consists of a package valued at $30,000 to support a startup creative enterprise to grow: a large studio space in the soon-to-open refurbished heritage site in the heart of Collingwood, a $10,000 Bank of Melbourne bank account and handpicked mentorsfor professional and business development. An accomplished interior designer, Danielle will build on her background in theatrical design to create unique pieces that marry her love of function and form with an emphasis on local craftspeople and thoughtful materials. Danielle says “I am so excited to be joining the Collingwood Arts Precinct. Thank you so much to CAP and Bank of Melbourne for giving me this unique opportunity to develop my design practice and work in such a supportive and incredibly stimulating setting.”

The judging panel consisting of Bank of Melbourne Chief Executive Michelle Winzer and Head of Brand & Marketing Ashley Gray, together with Chairman of Mering Corporation and philanthropist Jason Yeap OAM, CAP Ltd’s CEO Marcus Westbury and Board Member James Tutton, The Design Files’ Lucy Feagins, and artist and academic Callum Morton particularly noted Danielle’s collaborative practice and remarkable drive. CAP Ltd CEO Marcus Westbury says “Danielle was the standout candidate. She’s a talented artist at a stage in her career where the residency will allow her to grow and develop her practice and her business. We’re thrilled about welcoming her to the CAP community.”

Bank of Melbourne is the Founding Corporate Partner of Collingwood Arts Precinct. In addition to the residency program designed to support up-and-coming artists and creatives break into the industry, Bank of Melbourne has provided unique financial support to the precinct regeneration. Bank of Melbourne Chief Executive Michelle Winzer said “The residency is a unique way for Bank of Melbourne to support the arts, and enable the next generation of Victorian artists to build their creative enterprise. Every business needs a network of support to succeed, and we’re excited about collaborating with Danielle and the CAP community to build a diverse, creative hub in Melbourne’s northern city fringe.”

Applications for the 2021 residency will open in mid-2020.

News | Contemporary Arts Precincts welcomes Eugenia Flynn to the Board

Contemporary Arts Precincts is pleased and proud to be welcoming writer, arts worker and community organiser Eugenia Flynn to our Board. Eugenia is Aboriginal, Chinese and Muslim, working within her multiple communities to create change though literature, art politics and community engagement. Eugenia has worked with Kurruru Youth Performing Arts, the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development and The Social Studio. Most recently, Eugenia has worked with Blak Dot Gallery, Eleven Collective, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Peril Magazine and Ebony Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Institute. 

Eugenia’s thoughts on the politics of race, gender and culture have been published widely. Her essays, articles and short stories have been published in Peril magazine, The Lifted Brow, fine print magazine, The Design Files, Art+Australia, The Saturday Paper, IndigenousX, NITV, and the recent anthology #MeToo: Stories From the Australian Movement. 

Eugenia’s experience in community engaged arts practice is welcomed to the Contemporary Arts Precincts Board by the Chair, Daniel Besen.

“Eugenia Flynn is thoughtful, insightful, deeply intelligent, considered and vastly capable. Her expertise and perspective will enhance CAPs capacity to create a diverse community and arts ecology. I am delighted to welcome her to the Board.”

Portrait of CAP Board member, Eugenia Flynn


Photographer credit: Leah Jing

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