First Round of Artists Announced | Going the Distance
Funding for these projects has all been made possible by the generous support of the many donors contributing to the Going the Distance campaign. The projects will be presented free and online through various platforms over the next few months and will include a wide variety of entertaining and thought-provoking content. If you would like to continue to support Canberra region artists, please consider becoming a patron of our Going the Distance campaign.
Belco Arts is proud to partner with the University of Canberra (UC) to reach more people and to assist artists in the realisation and delivery of their work to the community.
Alex Asch was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and was involved in University art programs in Los Angeles and New York before moving to Australia and studying art at the Australian National University in 1988. Asch has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas. In 2017, Alex was awarded the CAPO Fellowship by the Capital Arts Patrons Organisation and was the recipient of the Workplace Research Associates Award by CAPO in 2015, awarded the 2008 CAPO Rosalie Gascoigne award and the 2014 Workplace Research Associates Award. Alex’s work is in corporate collections in Australia, USA, UK and Netherlands as well as National Australian Gallery, Artbank, the ACT Legislative Assembly, the Wesley Art Foundation and Canberra Museum and Gallery.
Upcoming Project: Lucky Jim Live
Jim Sharrock is a Canberra based (Scullin) musician and teacher. He has been involved in the music and community arts sector for over 20 years. When he’s not touring, he’s teaching in primary schools here in Canberra or running music workshops for organisations such as Young Music Society or Musica Viva. For the last four years he’s have been playing music for kids in schools around Australia in a show with the band Doctor Stovepipe. It’s a Musica Viva show that follows musical trails around the world, exploring how music changes as it travels through space and time.
Larry Brandy is a Wiradjuri man who has been sharing his Wiradjuri culture in Canberra and surrounding regions for over 30 years. In his performances children become kangaroos, emus and hunters as they learn how Wiradjuri people hunted and found food in traditional times. Larry has written two books to share his Wiradjuri culture and is working with the National Library of Australia on another one about his culture. Larry has performed around the world at festivals, conferences and schools. He is a Churchill scholar and ACT NAIDOC person of the year.
Bec Taylor spent a decade working professionally as a songwriter, singer, drummer and pianist and has toured extensively in pop, folk and punk bands. Bec spearheaded punk band Glitoris in 2014, which went on to win the Best Artist (ACT) at the National Live Music Awards 2016, and has been nominated for (2017) and then won (2020) the Best Hard Rock Act (national category). Bec has also been showcased at renowned national Big Sound Conference, as well as supported industry heavyweights such as Gotye, The Cat Empire, Frenzal Rhomb, Architecture In Helsinki and The Darkness. She has performed nationally at music venues and festivals around the country including Groovin’ The Moo, Woodford Folk Festival, Thrashville and the National Folk Festival and has performed in New York City as part of the CMJ festival.
Robbie Karmel completed his PhD at UNSW A+D and returned to Canberra in 2019 to establish Studio Studio in Mitchell with Richard Blackwell. His research and practice explore concepts of mimetic representation, phenomenological embodiment, perception, tool use, and representation through expanded drawing practices, extending into printmaking, sculptural and performative methods. Working with charcoal, oilstick and graphite on paper or timber surfaces, Karmel maps out the body relying on the intermodal array of senses, challenging dominant opticentric modes of picture making. This work includes the production of studio furniture, apparatus, and tools to facilitate and interrupt solo and collaborative performative drawing processes. Karmel has had solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth and has exhibited and undertaken residencies nationally and internationally.