Seven rising Australian art stars in 2023

From a directorial debut at Sundance and the second season of a globally hit show to a bold first novel and groundbreaking mixtape, here are seven rising stars to be on the lookout for in 2023 (though we doubt you’ll be able to). will avoid them).

Nadia Hernandez, artist

The artist Nadia Hernandez in her studio in St. Peters.

The artist Nadia Hernandez in her studio in St. Peters.Credit:Catherine Griffiths

The last 12 months have been a whirlwind for Venezuelan-born, Sydney-based artist Nadia Hernández. Exhibiting at the Australian Center for Contemporary Art, she took her painting practice off the wall and into monochromatic textile forms that conversed and floated in space: seductive in their vibrancy and playfulness, poignant in their political undertones of the Latin American diaspora. She has teamed up with artist Jon Campbell for an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and her art has graced MECCA Australia window displays and packaging. At just 35, she has created a visual language that blends Western art history, from modernism to Barbara Kruger, with influences from Venezuelan art. The work addresses personal and family history and questions where diasporic art fits into an Australian context – a defining theme for contemporary art at this moment. For 2023 she will have a solo at STATION Gallery, an exhibition in Los Angeles and a wealth of group shows. Tiarney Miekus

Alice Englert, actress and director

Alice Englert arrives at the Golden Globe Awards.

Alice Englert arrives at the Golden Globe Awards.Credit:Jordan Strauss/AP

Alice Englert has been an actress since 2006 when she appeared in her mother Jane Campion’s short film The Water Diary (She’s acted in a total of half a dozen of Campion’s projects), but 2023 will mark a major turning point in the 28-year-old’s career: Her feature film debut as a director is one of a dozen films competing globally in the Sundance cinema section this month . Engler wrote Bad behavior and also stars in it, playing the stunt performer daughter of a former child actor (played by Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly) who seeks enlightenment at a retreat led by a spiritual guide named Elon (Ben Whishaw). Thematically, it belongs in the space of Gothic relationship drama, which Englert has made his own in recent years. But after initial efforts, it’s already standing out from the crowd with its stunning cast and the fact that it’s one of only 101 feature films selected from 4,061 entries to appear in the world’s most celebrated showcase of indie filmmaking. Karl Quinn

Emme Hoy, playwright

Australian playwright Emme Hoy.

Australian playwright Emme Hoy.Credit:Louise Kennerley

She always dreamed of a writing career, but after taking a drama course at age 17, the allure of the stage began to grow for Emme Hoy. In the decade or so since then, her writing has garnered support from businesses across the country. She was resident writer at the Old 505 Theatre, wrote at STC’s St. Joan and her work has been produced by the Queensland Conservatorium, ATYP and Belvoir. In 2020 she was Writer-in-Residence at MTC as part of the Next Stage playwright development program – previous writers in this position including Andrea James and Dan Giovannoni have seen their work programmed by MTC. In 2022, STC named her the company’s 2022 Patrick White Playwrights Fellow, a year-long fellowship under which she adapted The tenant of Wildfell Hall in June. She has various theater assignments in development, an audio series with Audible, and writes for television shows, among other things The ballard of the renegade Nell and nautilus for Disney and Stan Original The Jump. John Bailey

ayeshamadon, musicians and actors

Ayesha Madon has made a name for herself as a musician and actress.

Ayesha Madon has made a name for herself as a musician and actress.

Like her on-screen partner Thomas Weatherall, Ayesha Madon broke through in the Netflix reboot in 2022 thanks to her starring role as Amerie Wadia heartbreak high, which ranked among the top five shows globally on the platform after debuting last September and also earned Madon an AACTA nod. The Sydney-born and bred 24-year-old of Indian descent has spoken about the importance of being a “first generation brown woman” directing an internationally hit TV series after not “thinking of herself as cool or hot or anything.” felt “aspiring” growing up due to the whitewashed casting of the local screen industry. “I’m really glad that the narrative is now being flipped so that I can play this amazing, powerful, young brown woman in a really nuanced and authentic way, which is real in Australia,” she said refinery 29 last year. A recent graduate of Musical Theater from the Victorian College of the Arts, she has also branched out as a musician, releasing her hilarious singles goldfish and Fish & Chips last year. The latter, a catchy pop track about lost youth inspired by a panic attack, showcases her Ariana-esque voice and striking eye: she shot the colorful music video with such visual taste that one could already imagine a different career for Madon behind the camera. Robert Moran

Andre Dao, writer

Andre Dao's first novel will be published in May.

Andre Dao’s first novel will be published in May.Credit:Luis Enrique Ascui

His debut novel won the Victorian Premier’s Award for an unpublished manuscript and Andre Dao’s last year anam, Coming out in May via Penguin Random House confirms his status as a young writer to watch. Dao, the son of refugees from Vietnam and whose grandfather was a political prisoner in Vietnam, worked on the novel for more than a decade. It started out as a family history form, but interviewing family members in Vietnam, Paris (where his father originally relocated), and Melbourne allowed him, he says, to “keep writing over and fictionalizing that research and interviewing until the book is like this.” as it is now – much of it would be unrecognizable to the family members I spoke to.” Fiction and essay merge, anam is about a grandson trying to learn his family history and explores ideas of home, exile and identity. International rights were sold; Translation deals are in progress – put this on the reading list. Melanie Kembrey

Babyface Mal, musician

Babyface Mal's hit mixtape Time Out propelled him to the next big thing.

Babyface Mal’s hit mixtape Time Out propelled him to the next big thing.

Born and raised in South Melbourne, rapper Babyface Mal had one of the best local tracks of 2022 Ya Rab, a clear cut in Australia’s always eclectic hip-hop world with its Arabic-tinged evocation of its Turkish-Egyptian cultural heritage. The 23-year-old, born Malway Malrose Malik, has been making music with his friends at Melbourne-based African label 66 Records since he was 17, including his groundbreaking 2020 mixtapes time out. but Ya Raband a handful of new songs in the second half of 2022, including his spacey EP The Nativity Volume 2, has continued to demonstrate his versatility, easy-going charisma and playful vulnerability, traits that are often hard to find in the hard-edged world of Australian drill music. With more touring spots and another mixtape planned for the new year, 2023 bodes well for one of the most exciting young talents on the local music scene. Robert Moran

Thomas Weatherall, actor and author

Actor Thomas Weatherall.

Actor Thomas Weatherall.Credit:Walter Peeters

The 22-year-old rising star recently won an AACTA award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for playing the nice guy Malakai in Netflix’s hit reboot of the ’90s teen soap heartbreak high. A challenging coming-of-age role that showcased his dynamic range – from playful young love to the series’ emotional climax, Malakai’s tortured self-implosion after being confronted with racist police brutality. Weatherall says he “feels fortunate” to have had the opportunity to both flex his dramatic muscles and explore his Kamilaroi legacy on a global platform as big as Netflix’s. Along with the second season of heartbreak high and RFDS 2023 Weatherall will also appear in the Disney+ Original, Last days of the space age, which was filmed in Sydney. In the meantime, he turns away from such large-scale productions to act in them Bluea one-man play he wrote as part of his 2021 Balnaves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship with Belvoir St Theatre. Robert Moran

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