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Australian awards go to young Vietnamese artists
By Mong Binh in HCMC
Friday,  Mar 5, 2010,16:51 (GMT+7)

Australian awards go to young Vietnamese artists

By Mong Binh in HCMC

Australian consul general Graeme Swiff (R, back row) and Michelle Ely (2nd, back riw) of the City of Melbourne pose with the winners of the Young Artist Grants Program 2010 - Photo: Mong Binh
Young Vietnamese artists on Thursday received grants provided by the Melbourne City Council in Australia and the opportunity to display their works in the Australian city as part of a program launched five years ago for young artists living and working in HCMC.

Grants of AU$500 went to Hoang Cong Minh, Nguyen Thi Bao Ngoc, Tran Minh Duc, Tran Thi Thuy Trang, Pham Huy Hoang, Pham Thuy Phuong, Nguyen Thanh Nhan, Nguyen Dinh Hien, Ngo Thi Thuy Duyen and Hoang Anh.Vị trí đặt quảng cáo
The ten successful young artists were shortlisted from more than 30 candidates through a selection process in February under the Young Artist Grants Program, Australian consul general Graeme Swift told the Daily after he and Michelle Ely of the City of Melbourne delivered the grants to the winners.

For the third grants of the program in 2010, the selection panel also decided to award an encouragement grant of A$250 to Phan Ngoc Lan Chi.

The standard of applications submitted by the young artists was particularly high and the assessment panel was impressed with both the talent demonstrated by the artists and their effort in preparing the applications.

Ely said that all the winning entries would be exhibited at a gallery in the heart of Melbourne later this year under the Young Artist Grants Program, an initiative of the City of Melbourne and the Australian Consulate General in HCMC.

The program is aimed at supporting young emerging visual artists living and working in HCMC.

“Programs such as this are extremely valuable, the grants capture the most creative and ambitious work by emerging artists and develop strong cultural links between our Australia and Vietnam,” Swift said.

The presentation of the grants coincided with the opening of the art exhibition at Out-2 Design Studio at 6 Thai Van Lung Street, District 1, HCMC. The exhibits will be there for public viewing during working hours till tomorrow.

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