2016 Australia Council Fellowships Announced

Seven accomplished Australian artists are the recipients of the 2016 Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship Grants

Seven accomplished Australian artists are recipients of the 2016 Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship grants. Australia Council Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski congratulated the seven artists receiving this year’s prestigious Fellowships, worth $80,000 over two years, supporting outstanding, established artists’ creative activity and professional development across diverse art forms.

This year’s recipients are: Bec Reid – Community Arts and Cultural Development; Brooke Stamp – Dance; Dr Sarah Jane Pell – Emerging and Experimental Arts; Julia Leigh – Literature; Sandy Evans – Music; Katerina Kokkinos-Kennedy – Theatre; and Danie Mellor – Visual Arts. You can read more about each artist below!

Mr Grybowski said that Fellowships are an important part of the Australia Council’s grants program, providing artists with the opportunity to broaden their professional experience and build upon their significant body of work.

“Fellowships are awarded to established artists who are recognised for excellence in their practice at a local and international level. This will enable them to develop, experiment, research and explore new opportunities and approaches in their chosen art form,” said Mr Grybowski. “A once-in-a-life opportunity, Fellowship recipients are chosen by their peers.”

“This program is a key part of the Australia Council’s commitment to investing in the professional development of artists, and to supporting creative innovation and collaboration which will enhance the profile of Australia’s rich artistic culture.”

Australia Council Fellowships are offered once a year and applications are assessed and awarded by a peer panel made up of area practice experts in the specified art form. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship recipient will be announced at the National Indigenous Arts Awards on 27 May 2017 along with the Red Ochre and Dreaming Awards.

Applications are now open and the next round of Fellowship closes on Tuesday 6 June 2017. For more information, visit: www.australiacouncil.gov.au for details.


Dr Sarah Jane Pell – Emerging and Experimental Arts

International exhibitor, commercial diver and award-winning artist, Dr Sarah Jane Pell receives the Australia Council Fellowship in Emerging and Experimental Arts and will create a new work to be performed live during the Project POSEIDON: 100 day Undersea Mission. Dr Pell has 17 years’ experience as a visual artist and interdisciplinary researcher. Australia’s first TED Fellow, Dr Pell is also an Astronaut candidate for Project PoSSUM: NASA’s polar suborbital experiment, and Simulation Astronaut for Project Moonwalk – Europe’s lunar EVA simulation underwater trials. She is known for large scale collaborative art and science research with a specific emphasis on the performing arts, human movement, and underwater diving and habitat technologies...

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