Australia’s most accomplished artists working across diverse art forms have
been recognised with prestigious Australia Council Fellowships.
sought after fellowships, worth $80,000 over two years, are awarded to
outstanding, established artists with a significant track record in their
chosen field to undertake creative activity, research and professional
development. This year’s recipients are:
- Dave Brown – Theatre
- Alison Croggon - Literature
- Lucas Ihlein – Emerging and
- Debby Maziarz – Community Arts and
- Kate Miller Heidke – Music
- Andrew Morrish – Dance
- Justene Williams – Visual Arts
Council Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski congratulated the recipients of
this year’s fellowships and paid tribute to the outstanding body of work each
had already produced in their respective art forms.
are an important component of the Council’s grants program and for many artists
they are life-changing to their career,” Mr Grybowski said.
fellowships are only granted once in an artists’ lifetime. They go to artists
who demonstrate outstanding achievement on the national and international
stage, and the calibre of the recipients is incredibly impressive again this
our strategic goals is to see Australia increasingly known for its great art
and artists, and central to this is support for artists to make excellent work
and push boundaries in their practice.
support artists to develop their arts practice, experiment, research and
explore new ways to both pursue their artistic vision and share it with
an important role in providing artists with the time and financial security
needed to focus on their work and the freedom to reflect, innovate and
applications are assessed and awarded by peers in the relevant art form areas.
Fellowship recipients include Gary Lang, Alana Valentine, Archie Roach, Tim
Daly, Judith Wright, Tamara Saulwick and Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship recipient will be announced
along with the Red Ochre and Dreaming awards on 27 May 2016.
Council Fellowships are offered once a year and will be offered again in 2016.
information on Australia Council Fellowships, go here.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
has been the Artistic Director of Patch Theatre in South Australia for 20
years. He has received an Australia
Council Fellowship in Theatre to
establish an international partnership platform called The PaperBoats. Based on
an investigation of seven theatre-making principles, the project will pioneer
culturally ambitious theatre-making through collaboration, co-creation and
participation in the context of evolving technologies. Dave will draw on his award-winning
leadership in Theatre for Young Audiences to build The PaperBoats community,
which in the establishment phase will focus on theatre projects for children.
The platform will be designed to support the way these projects shift, change
and respond to each other, also creating a mechanism to feed Dave’s vast
experience back into the sector.
Croggon is a prominent Australian novelist, poet, literary critic, essayist,
librettist and cultural commentator. Alison’s Australia Council Fellowship in Literature will see her working on
three major projects: a new opera libretto, Love and Death; a new young adult
book, The Stone Heart; and an edited selection of her best critical reviews and
essays for publication as a book. Each of these projects represents the
literary activities in which Alison has excelled for the past 15 years. The
Fellowship will also enable Alison to undertake international opportunities for
her future professional development and extend her market internationally in
Europe and the UK.
Ihlein has used artistic practice over his 20 year career to explore social and
ecological issues through direct engagement with real-world situations. He has
produced significant works that map ecological systems and reveal social and
material networks, through exploring art's role in triggering cultural change.
His Australia Council Fellowship in Emerging
and Experimental Arts involves research, development and public
presentation of four interconnected projects that examine the relationship
between agriculture and changing environmental pressures in Australia and the
Asia-Pacific. Lucas will also undertake a series of short residencies in the
USA with practitioners working at the intersection of socially-engaged art and
Maziarz is an experienced director of performance, circus and engaging
community and has used these skills as a social entrepreneur, business
development manager, educator and fundraiser in the arts. She has received an
Australia Council Fellowship in Community
Arts and Cultural Development. Exploring trade, exchange and new ways of
working in the arts, this innovative fellowship program will focus on global
non-monetary networks that connect businesses through the exchange of products
and services. The Fellowship will enable Debby to explore ways to establish
systems to exchange resources, ranging from human, infrastructure to materials.
The research will also create greater networks across arts sector borders and
help lessen the environmental footprint of arts practice.
Kate Miller Heidke
Miller Heidke successfully works across contemporary popular, opera and art
music worlds. She has performed with the Metropolitan Opera and her albums have
achieved multi-platinum sales. She most recently appeared in Opera Australia’s
ABC TV opera The Divorce. For her Australia Council Fellowship in Music, Kate will undertake a number of
projects including: recording a new album with the Tasmanian Symphony
Orchestra; another with lyrics from playwright Lally Katz; collaborate with
Dutch composer Michel van der Aa on a new song cycle; a new musical theatre
work developed in collaboration with director Tom Morris, whom she worked with
at the Metropolitan opera on The Death of Klinghoffer; and a new musical
theatre piece developed in collaboration with composer Iain Grandage, whom she
worked with on The Rabbits.
Morrish is one of Australia’s leading improvisational dance artists. He teaches
movement and performance improvisation workshops, mentors artists in Australia
and Europe and was the key facilitator at the 2015 National Dance Forum.
Andrew’s Australia Council Fellowship in Dance
will develop solo Performance Improvisation practice. After 35 years of
independent and sustained practice in solo improvisation in studios and
theatres around the world, Andrew will challenge and deepen his artistic work
into developing the form of the 50-55 minute solo. The Fellowship will see a
program of exchanges and performances in both self-produced and invited/curated
contexts in Australia and Europe. He will also collaborate on a book based on
his dance practice.
Williams is one of Australia’s most significant artists working with video who
examines gender and identity issues. With her Australia Council Fellowship in Visual Arts, Justene will create new
significant projects, including recreating the Cubo-Futurist opera Victory Over
The Sun for The 20th Biennale of Sydney with The Sydney Chamber Opera; develop
and create a film The Loch & Key man with screenings accompanied by a live
musical score and sound effects; and create a new video and sculpture for
exhibition in Tasmania titled Cheese. Part of the Fellowship will also include
creating work for a new photo-collage exhibition at Sarah Cottier Gallery in
Sydney. Justene will also undertake several short courses to develop skills in
video post-production and present a touring exhibition, The Curtain Breathed
Deeply, to eight venues across Australia.
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