The 2022 TOP 5 Arts Media Residency for the ABC

The ABC has selected five of Australia’s dynamic early-career research talent for its 2022 TOP 5 Arts Media Residency.

Situated in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct, ABC RN in Melbourne will host the successful applicants for a hands-on two weeks “in residence” where they will work with some of Australia’s best arts journalists and broadcasters.

It is a unique opportunity for these culture makers to go behind-the-scenes with the ABC’s expert communicators, burnishing the skills of these future leaders and role models so that their important work can be celebrated by Australians everywhere.

The 2022 ABC TOP 5 Arts are:

  • Dr Mahesh White-Radhakrishnan: Conservatorium of Music – University of Sydney
    A musician and scholar of music and language, White-Radhakrishnan’s research explores circulations of music and dance in the Indian Ocean with a focus on Sri Lanka.
  • Yvette Lisa Grant: Victorian College of the Arts – University of Melbourne
    Research explores the lives, works and practices of Louise Lightfoot, Joanna Priest, Laurel Martyn and Valrene Tweedie who were working towards an Australian style of ballet and produced many modern works in the mid-twentieth century.
  • Sarouche Razi: Law School – Australian National University
    A lawyer, storyteller and researcher, Razi’s work explores how art practices can be used in law as methods of advocating for Coronial justice for First Nations’ families.
  • Dr Sanne Mestrom: Sydney College for the Arts – University of Sydney
    Mestrom has a sculptural practice that addresses ‘the female body’ in various cultural contexts: philosophically, autobiographically, as well as in the context of art historical and political concerns.
  • Dr Amaara Raheem: Victoria College of the Arts (Dance) – University of Melbourne
    Raheem’s work investigates artist-in-residence programs and how they offer invaluable site-specific infrastructures for critical thinking, cross-cultural collaboration and artistic experimentation.

Manager of ABC RN, Cath Dwyer, says “RN has always covered Arts and culture, so we are pleased to bring into the network an extraordinary group that will enrich our coverage and connections. Likewise, the TOP 5 has created an important direct connection between the ABC and the Australia Council for the Arts and VCA at Melbourne University.”

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