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.