“This Fellowship is an extraordinary recognition by the Australia Council. I have benefitted enormously from several opportunities over the last 5 years; those experiences have indelibly shaped my current practice and informed new areas I intend to move into, and I couldn’t be more grateful."

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“This Fellowship helps me to work more deeply with Elders and thought leaders locally and internationally about how we can build future culture based economies led by First Peoples, that has the potential to influence how we practice the 'business' of the arts."

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“The Fellowship will nurture a new chapter for me, in both confidence and opportunity. As a writer I was yearning to explore new literary genres, and am writing my first prose fiction novel. The Fellowship will sponsor the research and travel required for the telling of the story I have chosen. It is a love story set in two deserts. I am also developing a small collection of essays. The Fellowship will enable more dedicated time to write, and a secure access to mentors of my choosing.”

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Jessica Alice is a writer, editor, broadcaster and artistic programmer who was selected to take part in the Australia Council Future Leaders Program in 2018. We caught up with Jessica as she was preparing to start her new role as Director of Writers SA to talk about the Future Leaders Program, what she has learned from the experience and what good leadership in the arts looks like.

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Dancer Matt Shilcock is currently undertaking an Australia Council residency in HIAP, Helsinki. We caught up with him on his way to Finland to ask about his practice and how it might evolve during his time at HIAP.

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Choreographer and dancer Stephanie Lake is director of her own contemporary dance company, the Stephanie Lake Company, and creates works for other major companies here in Australia and overseas.

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