Through the Fellowships the Australia Council is providing direct support to artists at critical stages during their careers to ensure they have time to develop, to support risk taking, experimentation and innovation.
These Creative Australia Fellowships were designed to recognise artists who have already made a significant contribution to Australian culture and to those that are taking an original approach to artistic practice, including those who are working across multiple disciplines, said Mr Myer.
"The Fellowships are an investment in the long term sustainability of each artists' career. So from the perspective of the Australia Council, this is an investment in the future of art."
Managed by the Australia Council the Creative Australia Fellowships are a major initiative to support the professional development of outstanding artists working across the sector and Australia. The Fellowships are a centrepiece of the Federal Government's Creative Australia Artist Grants initiative with $10m committed to individual artists over five years.