Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship

Applications are now closed.

American Academy in Rome 

: Rome, Italy

Art form: Visual Arts

Dates: Negotiated with American Academy in Rome (TBC)

Length: 2 months

Grant amount: $7,500

Closing date: 27 November 2018

WebsiteAmerican Academy in Rome 

About the opportunity

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.


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; 


·  you owe money to the Australia Council.

Selection criteria

You are required to respond to the following selection criteria:

1.  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;

·  public or peer response to work previously produced.

2.  Viability

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; 

·  proposals which involve working with diverse audiences or communities, peers will look for demonstrated cultural competencies and appropriateness.

3. 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;

·  how the proposed activity strengthens your capacity as an arts professional.

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).

You should 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).

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.

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

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.

How to submit an Expression of Interest

Click on the ‘Submit an EOI’ button at the bottom of this page. Expressions of Interest must be submitted via the Australia Council’s online system. To apply in the online system, please click on ‘Grants & Grant Reporting’ and choose ‘Expressions of Interest (EOI)’.

Note, this is an Expression of Interest and not a grant application. It does not count as an application to the Australia Council Grants Program. 

Changes to grants payments

The way Australia Council grants payments are made has changed. Effective immediately, grant recipients will no longer send an invoice for payment of a grant. Instead, after you accept our offer of funding, we will pay your grant into your nominated bank account and send you a Recipient Created Tax Invoice (RCTI).


To discuss your Expression of Interest, please contact Amrit Gill, Director International Development on 02 9215 9107 or

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

Mordant Family/Australia Council Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (AAR) is made possible through co-investment by the Mordant Family and the Australia Council. This prestigious opportunity enables an Australian artist to spend two months in Rome as part of the American Academy’s Affiliated Fellowship program. Every year since 2016 an Australian artist has had the opportunity to pursue their work in an inspiring, collaborative and supportive environment, with accommodation and studio space in the AAR’s historic building in Rome, thanks to the generous support of the Mordant Family.

Our co-investment strategy builds on the Council’s trusted brand, our relationships and our wealth of experience which underpins innovative approaches to arts investment.

Learn more about Co-investment

Past Fellowship recipients

Images seen on Artshub:

1. View of Rome: Image courtesy of lynnerobertsgoodwin©

2. AAR_Studio view with artist working on ‘Tempo Squisito’ project works/photographic stills/video stills production on walls at the American Academy studio. Image courtesy of lynnerobertsgoodwin©

3. AAR_Studio view with artist working on ‘Tempo Squisito’ project works/photographic stills/video stills production on walls at the American Academy studio. Image courtesy of lynnerobertsgoodwin©

4. View on Palatine Hill where a stage of the ‘Tempo Squisito’ project was undertaken related to the omen of bird sighting and divination. Location where photos for project and gps coordinated taken for aerial imaging and research of Romulus and Remus in 753BCE. Image courtesy of lynnerobertsgoodwin©

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