Professional Pathways Awardees


The Studio A Professional Pathways Award is granted to a member of the Studio ARTES Visual Arts Program who demonstrates the drive and talent to engage with the contemporary art world. The recipient will receive a Studio A-style professional development opportunity over a period of 12 months. The project design is bespoke to each awardee but may include may include individual mentorship along with access to particular materials and/or working space. The award always includes a public showcase of the developed work.

Matthew Elliott: 2018 Recipient

Matthew Elliott is an abstract painter with a fascination for dream states. He is inspired by the work of David Collins and Elizabeth Cummings who he says have "greatly influenced my art style towards abstraction".

Matthew's most recent body of work explores ideas and forms informed by his dreams. He uses watercolour paints and crystal pigments to create flowing paintings that explore different states of consciousness. Viewing his work one feels underwater or immersed in fog. These beautiful and often bright abstractions tease the viewer. One moment Matthew’s images seem to reach out and grab you, the next they gently pull away from focus. His work exists in a liminal state between clarity and obscurity.

With support from the Studio A Professional Pathways award, Matthew is working under the mentorship of internationally acclaimed painter, Jo Bertini. Matthew is preparing for an exhibition of new work in 2019.

Arunan Dharmalingam: 2017 Recipient


Arunan Dharmalingam is fascinated with agriculture. Farm animals, plants and fruits are reoccurring subjects in his drawing, painting and print-making practice. Using a touch screen to communicate, Arunan will tell you he is "excited" and "happy" to draw these things.

Arunan works out of the Visual Arts Program at Studio A's parent company, Studio ARTES. Here, Arunan receives specialised support and assistance in the creation of his work. Arunan works closely with Studio ARTES' Visual Arts Manager, Jessica Hodgkinson to create his large-scale print editions.

Arunan is a prolific drawer. He repeatedly draws the same, near identical forms time and time again. On a larger scale, the simplicity of Arunan's hand-drawn lines and bold colour patterns appear to jump right off the paper.