NSW Aboriginal Art Fellowship Winner 2015

The recipient of the 2015 NSW Aboriginal Arts Fellowship will create a one-woman play about the life of legendary Aboriginal tennis champion Evonne Goolagong Cawley, MBE, AO.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said theatre producer and curator Andrea James will use the $30,000 Arts NSW fellowship to produce the work during a one-year placement at Bangarra Dance Theatre.

The play will explore Ms Goolangong Cawley’s childhood, her move to Sydney to live with her coach’s family and her rise to become the world’s top ranked female tennis player, winning 14 Grand Slam singles and doubles championships in the 1970s and early 1980s.

“I congratulate Ms James, a Yorta Yorta and Kurnai woman with 15 years’ experience as a theatre maker, who will tell the story of Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s rise to international sporting stardom,” Mr Grant said.

The NSW Government is committed to supporting Aboriginal artists to undertake professional development and further improve their artistic practice.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams said it was fantastic to see Andrea James, an Aboriginal artist, achieving recognition on the back of her successful career as an Aboriginal storyteller.

“This fellowship provides Aboriginal story makers the opportunity to showcase their creative talents, and share stories relevant to all Australians,” Mrs Williams said.

The annual NSW Aboriginal Arts Fellowship is open to NSW Aboriginal arts practitioners at any stage of their careers in all art forms. For further details, please click here.

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Published: 4 January 2016