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Arts Forward Indigenous Fellowship

16 Dec 2013

The Department of Culture and the Arts’ inaugural $25,000 Arts Forward Indigenous Fellowship will be awarded for the first time in 2014.

Applicants’ proposals can include activities over a maximum of 18 months and include mentoring with a leading professional in a chosen field; research and development; an internship or residency; the creation of new work; or a structured professional development opportunity in Australia or internationally.

Department acting Director General Alan Ferris said the new Fellowship had been created in response to consultation with Indigenous artists and arts workers.

“Their feedback told us that while there was plenty of support for emerging artists, more support was needed for artists in their mid-career phase to assist them to extend their practice,” Mr Ferris said.

“So in order to try and better meet the needs of mid-career artists, the Department has created the Arts Forward Indigenous Fellowship, which will be open to applicants in the March grant round each year,” he said.

“Potential applicants should begin considering their projects now in order to have them ready by the time applications for the first Fellowship open in March 2014.”

The Arts Forward Fellowship will be open to individual established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts-workers in any art form excluding film, television and radio.

Creative Development Fellowship recipient Sandra Hill will speak about her experiences at a funding information session that will focus on the new Fellowship.

The information session will be held at the King Street Arts Centre on Tuesday 17 December at 10.30am. For more information, contact the Indigenous Arts Project Officer on (08) 6552 7423