dominic-finlay-jonesThe 10 young and emerging artists to work with Splendid, Australia’s pioneering arts initiative, have been selected.

140 applications were received from all corners of our wide brown land 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 artistic provocateurs and mentors. These concepts will be developed over the following six months, with several finished works premiering at Splendour in the Grass 2010.

“The young talent in our country is awe inspiring,’’ said Jessica Ducrou, organiser of Splendour in the Grass. 

“We are so proud to be able to showcase their works at our festival.’’

Splendour in the Grass is contributing $150,000 over three years to Splendid, on top of the Australia Council’s $600,000 three-year investment.

Artists selected are visual artist Alice Lang, who grew up in Byron Bay and now resides in Brisbane; dancer Kristy Ayre, who grew up in Lismore and now resides in Melbourne; 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.

Splendid mentors are hybrid performance artist and director Deborah Pollard, Associate Director of Performance Space Rebecca Conroy, Indigenous new media visual artist Jenny Fraser, arts activist Mickie Quick, international designer, technologist and entrepreneur Tom Barker, independent dance artist Natalie Cursio, installation and sound artist Domenico De Clario, theatre director Julian Louis, architect and public arts practitioner Tom Rivard, visual artist Craig Walsh and net artist and performer Andy Forbes.

Splendid artist local architect Dominic Finlay-Jones (pictured):

Dominic Finlay-Jones was born in London then grew up in Fremantle and Canberra before moving to Sydney to study architecture.

Three years ago Dominic’s wife won an FBi radio competition for a Splendour in the Grass weekend, after which they abandoned Sydney for Bangalow.

Since then Dominic has been working on a mixed-use creative industries village in Byron Bay as well as smaller individual housing projects with a focus on integration with the natural environment.

Last year Dominic and Harley Graham set up LOCUS, a cross-platform design office in Byron Bay offering architecture, art, landscape and urban design.

Splendid is an initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts, Lismore Regional Gallery, Splendour in the Grass, NORPA and Arts Northern Rivers.