Five regional artists receive national fellowships

10 August 2015

Today I announce the recipients of the five Regional Artist Development Fellowships which will support artists and arts workers in rural and regional Australia to undertake professional and creative development.

In Kalgoorlie last year I announced the Regional Artist Development Fellowships which provide total funding of $125,000 shared between the five artists to pursue valuable experiences outside their communities in other regions, metropolitan areas and internationally.

The Australian Government is committed to supporting the professional development of regional artists and these fellowships will assist in overcoming some of the additional barriers to accessing professional opportunities in their arts practice.

The recipients will use the fellowships to partner with and learn from established artists and cultural institutions in Australia and overseas and will inspire new creative directions in their chosen art form.

Two fellowships focus on increasing collaboration between arts institutions and raising the profile of regional arts practice through a placement in a state or national institution.

Three fellowships will promote artistic creative development by supporting artists from rural and regional Australia to participate in further study, training or mentorships programs.

The fellowships will build recognition of the work of these regional artists nationally and internationally and deliver long-term benefits to the cultural life of their communities.

The recipients of the Regional Artist Development Fellowships are:

Youth Creative Development Fellowship: $15,000 to Geraldton-based performing artist and comedian Julian Canny to develop his writing skills and to research and develop links with Melbourne, Perth and New York based performing arts organisations.

Indigenous Creative Development Fellowship: $20,000 to Djambawa Marawili and Gunybi Ganambarr from Yirrikala to collaborate with Seattle-based Native American Glass artist Preston Singletary to develop new forms of cross cultural artworks.

Indigenous Institutional Development Fellowship: $30,000 to Victorian Aboriginal artist Lee Darroch for a residency with the Koori Heritage Trust in Melbourne.

International Creative Development Fellowship: $30,000 to Launceston-based arts worker Emma Porteus to undertake her fellowship in Finland, Belgium, England and Scotland in the areas of community festivals and dance.

Institutional Development Fellowship: $30,000 to playwright Mary Anne Butler from Nightcliff in the Northern Territory for an extensive writing professional development program while located at Browns Mart, Darwin.

The Regional Artist Development Fellowships are administered by Regional Arts Australia. For more information visit the Regional Arts Australia website.