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Creative Leaders 2021

23 Nov 2020

Regional Arts Victoria is pleased to announce the first round of young artists for the Creative Leaders program, 2021.

Designed to inspire, inform and develop the creative aspirations of school-aged artists in the south west, the program will match them with an industry mentor and develop skills and knowledge to help them take the next steps in their creative careers.

Meet our leaders:

Minami Deguchi is a musician based in Warrnambool and passionate about forging a career in music including performing, managing and writing his own material.

Rose Deppeler is an artist based in Port Campbell with an interest in silver-smithing, looking for knowledge and inspiration to get her to the next step in her practice.

Anna Barker is a musician based in Warrnambool with an interest in composing. She's wants to know more about the professional music industry and what career paths might be open to her.

Eliza McLachlan is based in Warrnambool and is interested in film, writing and visual arts. She's looking for guidance on where to focus her passion for the arts that she's had all her life.

Josh Lee from Warrnambool is an artist who likes drawing and wants to learn how to progress his ideas and gain the knowledge of what it takes to be an artist.

Caitlin Martin is a painter from Mortlake and want to push her boundaries with her art and develop her knowledge of the arts through networks she might be exposed to.

Grace Moloney is a musician from The Sisters and has been playing for a lot of her life. She is looking forward to developing her capacity as a musician and learning the tips and tricks of making it in the industry.

Destiny Bambridge is a photographer from Lismore and wants the opportunity to learn from others and meet like-minded people. She is interested in learning how to advance her practice with the aim to having a career in what she loves.

Jorja Hermon is a dancer from Hamilton and is passionate about the arts and the impact is has on young people. She is interested to learn how to keep an arts practice going and is looking forward to hearing from industry professionals.

Grace Silcock is a visual artist from Hamilton looking to learn how to develop and progress her skills as an artist. She's hoping to gain knowledge about what her options might be, in the Creative Industries.

Levi Parker is a dancer, singer and actor from Portland. He is interested in learning how to develop a career in the performing arts and networking with like-minded people.

Jaylen Merriman from Warrnambool has a passion to connect to his Indigenous culture through the arts, and to learn traditional ways of making art and telling stories.

The Creative Leaders project is funded through the VicHealth Everyday Creativity Program and supported by partners in the South West Creative Industries Strategy.

Pic: Connie Smith