Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship

Expressions of interest have now closed

Location: Rome, Italy

Artform: Visual Arts

Dates: Sept 2017 – Jul 2018 (specific period to be negotiated directly with AAR)

Length: 2 months

Grant amount: $7,500


About the opportunity

Established in 1894, the American Academy in Rome (AAR) is the oldest American overseas centre for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities. 

The Australia Council, through the generous support of the Mordant Family, will offer a visual artist the opportunity to undertake a two month residency in Rome through the American Academy’s Affiliated Fellowship Program.

Affiliated Fellows join the AAR community for a period of two months to pursue their work in an inspiring, collaborative and supportive environment. Fellows receive a private single room and studio space in the AAR’s historic building on the Janiculum Hill, access to the library, gardens and other communal spaces and participation in the AAR’s events program.

The Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship is open to established visual artists with a significant record of exhibitions in public institutions and galleries. Expressions of interest will need to outline your plan of activity whilst in Rome, and how the AAR will further your professional and artistic practice development.

American Academy at Rome

Image courtesy of American Academy at Rome. Photo credit: Davide Franceschini.


In line with the Australia Council’s general eligibility requirements, expressions of interest for the Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship must be from:

  • Australian citizens or permanent residents; and
  • Practising artists or arts workers.

You cannot apply if:

  • You received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted; and
  • You owe money to the Australia Council.

Selection criteria

You are required to respond to the following selection criteria:

Potential of the artist

The selection panel may consider:

  • Quality of work previously produced;
  • Artistic merit;
  • Ability, skills and creative thinking that suggests strong artistic potential; and
  • Public or peer response to work previously produced.


The selection panel may consider:

  • The skills and artistic ability of the people involved and their relevance to the proposed activity;
  • Realistic and achievable planning, resource use and evaluation;
  • The role of any partners involved, including confirmation of their involvement; and
  • Proposals which involve working with diverse audiences or communities, peers will look for demonstrated cultural competencies and appropriateness.

Impact on career

The panel may consider:

  • How the proposed activity strengthens your artistic practice;
  • The relevance and timeliness of the proposed activity;
  • How the proposed  activity enables you to discover and develop new markets, or meet existing market demand; and
  • How the proposed activity strengthens your capacity as an arts professional.

Support Material

Additional material can be submitted to help support your expression of interest. Support material may help the selection panel gain an understanding of the quality of your work, and where relevant, the skills and role of other artists or partners involved.

You are not required to submit a budget with your expression of interest.

Artistic support material

You may submit examples of your recent work. You can submit up to three URLs (web links). These URLs can include video and audio (up to 10 minutes in duration), images (up to 10), and written material (up to 10 pages).

Artist information

You may include a brief bio or curriculum vitae for yourself and any additional artists involved in your project. Bio and CV information should be included as a single document and not exceed two A4 pages in total for all artists (including yourself).

Letters of support

Individuals, groups or organisations can write letters in support of your project. A support letter should explain to the selection panel how the project or activity will benefit the applicant or the broader community. You can include up to five letters of support, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page.

Selection process

A panel of industry advisers comprising of a member of the Mordant Family, a representative of the AAR, and an Australia Council staff member will review expressions of interest and support material according to the published selection criteria. Further external advice from the visual arts sector may be sought.

You will be informed of the outcome of your expression of interest within 12 weeks of the closing date.

For further information on the American Academy in Rome, please visit their website.


To discuss your expression of interest, please contact Sanja Simic, Project Officer Residencies on 02 9215 9336 or

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