Australia Council awards interdisciplinary artists

Australia Council FellowshipSome of Australia’s most accomplished artists working across artforms have been celebrated at a special ceremony to announce the 13 recipients of the Australia Council Fellowships.

Australia Council Chair Rupert Myer AM presented the recipients with their fellowships in front of their family and colleagues at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

The prestigious fellowships were awarded in two categories – Established artists, who receive $100,000 for one year, and Early Career artists, who receive $60,000 over two years.

The six artists to receive the Established Fellowships are:

  • Jon Rose (NSW)
  • Alexander Davies (NSW)
  • Liza Lim (Vic)
  • James Hullick (Vic)
  • Maria Fernanda Cardosa (NSW)
  • Claire Healy (NSW)

The seven artists to receive the Early Career Fellowships are:

  • Zoe Pepper (WA)
  • Lara Thoms (Vic)
  • Michaela Davies (NSW)
  • Dale Gorfinkel (NSW)
  • Tintin Wulia (Qld)
  • Julian Day (NSW)
  • David Finnigan (ACT)

Mr Myer congratulated the recipients of this year’s fellowships and praised the creative and innovative ideas they presented in their applications.

“These fellowships differ from other Australia Council Fellowships as we ask the artists to address interdisciplinary approaches, and they are designed to recognise both early career and established artists who have already made a substantial contribution to Australian culture,” Mr Myer said.

“The artists receiving this year’s fellowships clearly demonstrate how their interdisciplinary projects will enhance their artistic practice, while exposing the community to ground-breaking work. These fellowships support the artists to develop their arts practice, experiment, research and create new ways to present their works and further their artistic ambitions.”

“Having the time and financial security to focus on their work gives artists the freedom to innovate, experiment, and push boundaries.”

Mr Myer said the Australia Council was committed to supporting the development of Australia’s creative talent in all art-forms, including interdisciplinary and experimental arts.

“The Australia Council has supported interdisciplinary arts for many years through various grants programs and in particular through our Emerging and Experimental Arts section,” Mr Myer said.

“It provides funding to artists exploring and experimenting with new forms and processes of making art, including hybrid arts and cross-disciplinary practice such as art/science.”

For more information and to read about the Fellowship recipients, visit the Australia Council website for details.

Image: courtesy of the Australia Council