Multicultural Arts Victoria is pleased to announce that visual artist Minela Krupic will join our team in 2015. Minela is one of the successful recipients of the University of Melbourne, Professional Pathways Scholarship of the Faculty of VCA and MCM which will allow her to work at MAV for a year (March 2015 – March 2016) and develop skills in project management and community engagement as well as her own expertise as an artist.
“A personal aspiration is to gain management skills to develop community art projects, to open opportunities to other artist from CALD background and use my creative skills to further develop cross cultural work.”
– Minela Krupic, artist
Minela will facilitate an innovative printmaking project that will provide professional development opportunities to emerging visual artists from culturally diverse backgrounds through collaborative work. She will coordinate the project and will be mentored by MAV in order to develop professional skills in management and curatorship. She will also gain practical and theoretical skills to develop printing workshops.
The project aligns with MAV objectives of creating opportunities and pathways for emerging artists from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Minela Krupic is a refugee from Bosnia Herzegovina who graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2012. She was exiled to Germany (1992) as a result of the Bosnian war and settled in Australia in 1997. As an artist in Australia, she has overcome language barriers, cultural differences, loss and discovery and has dealt with these challenges through her art practice. Minela is a printmaker who recently purchased an etching press after winning the 2012 Heartlands Art Prize and with the help of an ArtStart grant. She has since established her studio in Docklands as part of the Docklands Spaces initiative. Her studio forms the basis of the arts cooperative Inkling Workshop, a broader printmaking studio. Krupic’ goal is to engage other refugee artists through her work and through the delivery of printmaking workshops at her studio to help them deal with their own challenges adjusting to life in Australia. Minela has received the Victorian College of the Arts Pathways Scholarship in 2014.