Aboriginal author wins Fellowship to explore First Nation story
Aboriginal author and arts leader Ms Cathy Craigie has been awarded the prestigious 2016 NSW Aboriginal Arts Fellowship of $30,000 to research a powerful northern NSW story.
Cathy Craigie will undertake her Fellowship in regional NSW researching the story of the Seven Sisters in collaboration with the local Gamilaroi community near Moree, and then travel to New Zealand and New Mexico to work with First Nation writers on similar stories
from their local contexts.
Ms Craigie, from the Gamilaroi and Anaiwon nations in Northern NSW, has more than 30 years professional experience as an arts leader and administrator, is the founding director of both Koori Radio and First Nation Australia Writers Network, and is the author of
children’s stories, plays and essays.
Arts NSW Executive Director Michael Brealey said the 2016 Aboriginal Arts Fellowship will allow Ms Craigie to create a significant manuscript on the Seven Sisters story within a broader First Nations context while developing her practice through local and international
artistic and cultural exchanges.
“Ms Craigie is a well-respected Aboriginal arts practitioner; I congratulate her on being awarded the fellowship and look forward to reading the completed manuscript,” said Mr Brealey.
“This annual fellowship is open to NSW Aboriginal arts practitioners at any stage of their careers and is just one of the ways Arts NSW supports the richness of our Aboriginal culture, which is a priority under our ten-year arts and cultural framework, Create in NSW.”