Leading Hazara artist awarded Western Sydney Fellowship

Photo of Khadim Ali, 2017 Western Sydney Fellow. Image: Peter Rae, Fairfax Media.

Photo of Khadim Ali, 2016 Western Sydney Fellow at Parramatta Artist Studios. Image: Peter Rae, Fairfax Media.

A multi-disciplinary Western Sydney based artist whose works span video, painting, drawing and textiles has been awarded the NSW Government’s 2016 Western Sydney Arts Fellowship worth $50,000.

Executive Director of Arts NSW Michael Brealey said the work of Khadim Ali draws on both his Hazara heritage and the experiences of the diverse communities of Western Sydney.

‘Khadim Ali combines the traditions of miniature painting with contemporary themes relating to his culture and people and now his experiences, like many in Western Sydney, of migration, displacement and cultural identity,” Mr Brealey said.

“Since arriving in Australia in 2009, Mr Ali has completed a Masters of Fine Arts at the University of NSW and in 2015 held his first solo Australian exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, where he is now on the Board of Trustees. He was previously a studio artist at Blacktown Arts Centre and is now at Parramatta Artists Studios.”

The Western Sydney Arts Fellowship, now in its second year, will support Ali to develop a series of ambitious new works to be exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art; two solo exhibitions in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Lahore, Pakistan; another exhibition in Brisbane; and a group show at Blacktown Arts Centre showcasing the work of five Afghan Australian artists working internationally.

Mr Ali was also one of six artists shortlisted for inaugural 2016 NSW Visual Artist Fellowship. He was also honoured recently as a recipient of one of eight Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships, worth $160,000.

“The NSW Government is proud to support talented and committed artists from the region as part of our renewed focus on growing Western Sydney’s thriving arts and cultural sector,” Mr Brealey said.

“This annual fellowship allows a Western Sydney-based artist, arts worker or group to engage in a self-directed program of professional development and is open to practitioners at any stage of their career and working in any artform.”

“Boosting arts and cultural opportunities in Western Sydney and regional NSW is a key part of the Government’s Create in NSW 10-year policy framework.”

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Published: 3 February 2017