AAD Travel Grants provide $8000 in support to emerging researchers

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AAD Travel Grants provide $8000 in support to emerging research from Higher Degree by Research candidates

The School of Art, Architecture and Design is pleased to announce the recipients of its three annual Higher Degree by Research Travel Awards for 2019.

The grants, accounting for a total value of $8,000, empower recipients to travel locally or internationally to undertake field work, meet with researchers and attend conferences.

Professor of Art at the University of South Australia, Professor Simon Biggs, emphasised the value of travel to situate a program of creative research in a broader context.

"One of our most rewarding tasks each year is to choose the recipients for our three travel scholarships - the Sydney Ball Friends of SASA International Travel Grant, the Stacey-Bunton HDR International Travel Grant, and the AAD HDR National Travel Award. This year was especially competitive," he said.

"The three 2019 awardees have been selected from a very strong field of applicants and whilst many were deserving there is no doubt the awardees were especially so ... we wish our scholarship winners all the best with their travels and the further development and ultimate completion of their programs of creative research."

Each award recipient will undertake travel as part of their studies in 2020.


Sydney Ball Friends of SASA International Travel Grant – sponsored by Friends of the South Australian School of Art, valued at $4,000

Recipient: Alex Degaris-Boot

This grant is open to Higher Degree by Research students enrolled in a range of programs within the school whose primary research interest and/or practice is focused in the Art discipline.

Alex will travel to Europe to meet with practicing researchers and view leading digital arts institutions such as the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM), ZKM Centre for Art & Media, Berlin University for the Arts, Birmingham Electro-Acoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST) and the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME).


Stacey-Bunton HDR International Travel Award – sponsored by Helen Stacey-Bunton and David Bunton, valued at $3,000

Recipient: Christopher Houghton

This award was initiated by alumni of the South Australian School of Art, Helen Stacey, who wishes to enrich the experience of Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates by enabling them to undertake more extensive research overseas.

Christopher will attend the Arts Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) Conference to present his research. His research explores the colonial heritage through which Australia was founded and continues to operate and which has in effect largely reduced the ability of non-Indigenous Australians to conceive of country beyond colonial paradigms.


AAD HDR National Travel Award – sponsored by Brian Lynch, valued at $1,000

Recipient: Stephen Nova

This award was initiated by Alumni of the South Australian School of Art, Brian Lynch, who wished to enrich the experience of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates by enabling them to undertake more extensive research within Australia.