Additional support from Arts South Australia has enabled Carclew to award its largest ever round of Project and Development Grants to support ten young South Australian performers, visual artists, film producers, gaming designers and theatre-makers.

Aimed at early-career artists, Carclew’s Project & Development grants are for the realisation of creative projects, skills development, and career progression. These funds are offered twice annually, for activities occurring in the following six-month period.

Over recent years, Carclew has seen a steep increase in need and demand for its grants programs with funding rounds consistently seeing worthy projects unable to be supported. This has been exacerbated by the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 with artists’ incomes diminishing, livelihoods imperilled, and careers stalled.

Receiving a $10,000 grant is filmmaker Maddie Grammatopoulos for a mentoring program in film direction, writing, and cinematography, to assist in the development of her 12-minute short film Maggie Makes a Cherry Pie alongside 30 cast and crew.

Receiving $1,600 to develop five digital paintings is Guthrow Taylor Johnson. The works will depict endangered Australian animals, drawing links to species decline, climate change and habitat destruction.

“This support from Carclew will allow me to use my art as a medium to promote issues that I’m passionate about, enabling me to create artwork that incorporates credible information around ideas of climate action, conservation, and species protection.” Said Taylor Johnson

I think it’s important for my ideas of climate action, conservation, and species protection to be exhibited in order to draw attention to and emphasise the immediate danger native wildlife face. I’ve always endeavoured to educate others rather than lead the conversation. I try to empower people by sharing my knowledge and privilege so others can experience the same opportunities and fight for the same issues as I do.”

Offering the opportunity to create and develop new theatrical circus productions, Carclew has funded multi- discipline artist and Gravity and Other Myths performer, Maya Tregonning, who will receive $9,621 for creative development of Texture of a Soul, culminating in a public showing at the end of July at GWB studios.

Good Company Theatre will receive $10,000 to undertake creative development of theatre piece Hamlet in the Other Room which will take this project to its final form – a simultaneous double bill with their 2019 Adelaide Fringe hit The Other Room at RUMPUS Theatre in November.

As a collective of emerging artists we are so grateful to have Carclew support us with this grant.” Said Good

Company Theatre’s Erin Perrey

“It will give us the opportunity to make work that is meaningful and important and it allows us to have the freedom as artists to work and live! We have such an array of talent in South Australia and by giving artists that support we are creating a higher influx of jobs and opportunities within the arts and theatre industry. This grant specifically is going to allow us to employ seven actors, two writers, a director and a designer for a two weekdevelopment of a new piece of theatre that will be hitting the South Australian stage in late 2021.”

Carclew chief Executive Tricia Walton pointed to how many different artistic mediums are represented in this round of funding.

“The variety of artists represented in this round of grants is so pleasing and truly representative of the wider South Australian arts community, highlighting the state’s full breadth of young artistic talent.

“We recognise that these grants just mark the start of these young artist’s’ careers but we hope that it helps to bring their artistic visions to life and set them on their way to long and successful careers.”


Maddie Grammatopoulos | Film | Maggie Makes a Cherry Pie | $10,000

Maddie will receive mentoring support in directing, writing, and cinematography for her forthcoming 12-minute short film, Maggie Makes a Cherry Pie (working title).


Tamara Hardman | Film | The People We’ll Never Be| $9,960

Funding towards the creative development of feature film The People We’ll Never Be, and a treatment and pitch document to be used for further investment.


Maya Tregonning | Multi Arts | Texture of a Soul | $9,621

Maya will undertake 2 weeks of creative development for her new circus show Texture of a Soul, in preparation for showing in July at GWB studios.


Katherine Sortini | Theatre | We Are Sluts | $7,589

Katherine will embark on consultations with playwright, dramaturg and director Elena Carapetis to develop her new play We Are Sluts.


Caitlin Moore | Theatre | Company AT in SPACE Development | $2,919

Caitlin will undertake an Assistant Director attachment for CompanyAT’s upcoming inSPACE Development, under the direction and mentorship of Yasmin Gurreeboo.


Good Company Theatre | Theatre | Hamlet in the Other Room | $10,000

Funding to develop Good Company Theatre’s project Hamlet in the Other Room, along with the rehearsal and production of its 2021 season at RUMPUS Theatre.


Hieu Tran | Visual Art | Portfolio Artbook Project | $3,000

Hieu will undertake a mentorship with creative director and concept designer Scott Flanders, to develop a body of visual works to demonstrate his talent as a concept artist in the games & entertainment industry.


Guthrow Taylor Johnson | Visual Art | Creatures in Crisis | $1,600

Guthrow will produce five digital paintings of endangered Australian animals reflecting a political and social commentary.


Christina Peek | Visual Art | Resourceful Women & Desperate Stratagems (working title) | $9,025

Christina will develop an ambitious body of work – Resourceful Women & Desperate Stratagems (working title) examining female agency, dating and relationships for exhibition at Post Office Projects in November.


Georgia Button | Visual Art | Solo Exhibition | $10,000

For her first solo exhibition at Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, during SALA Festival. The grant will support creation of a new immersive and sensorial moving image installation with accompanying workshop and artists talks, plus documentation, catalogue and a short documentary film.

For the full list of Carclew Projects and Development grant recipients visit Program/project-grants