Twenty NSW creatives awarded over $375k in 2018/19 Arts & Culture Fellowships

Young Creative Leaders Fellowships recipients - Bernadette Fam, photo by Robert Miniter, and Joshua McCormick

Young Creative Leaders Fellowships recipients – Bernadette Fam, photo by Robert Miniter, and Joshua McCormick

Twenty NSW-based artists and creatives have been selected to receive prestigious 2018/19 Create NSW Fellowships, sharing over $375,000 in funding to undertake self-directed professional development programs and career advancement across the State.

Eleven recipients will share $303,276 in funding to enable new Creative Development Fellowships, which provide up to $30,000 per recipient for early to mid-career practitioners working across any artform or cultural practice who are seeking to build their leadership in their field.

Nine recipients have been selected to share a further $73,650 for Young Creative Leaders Fellowships, which support emerging young leaders in NSW between the ages 18-25 working across any artform or cultural practice. This category offers funding of up to $10,000 per recipient, with this year’s Fellows also benefitting from a wider scope that supported applicants from all areas of the State.

Executive Director for Create Investment and Engagement, Elizabeth W. Scott said, “I’m proud that our range of Fellowship opportunities continues to provide support for artists and creatives across all stages of their careers, and now has a wider geographic reach across the State.

“This year’s recipients join an incredible list of past Fellows including Jonathan Jones, Andrea James, Khaled Sabsabi and Cathy Craigie amongst many others.

“Each of our Fellows has proposed an intriguing and specialist program of development that we have no doubt will extend their skillsets and propel their careers further. We are very excited to see these plans take shape and about the opportunities that their Fellowships will deliver.”

Create NSW 2018/19 Fellowships Recipients

Creative Development Fellowships

Vyvienne Abla | Bankstown, Western Sydney | $30,000
Advanced Professional Development Program in the EU, UK & Arab World. Vyvienne will reengage with four organisations that she has previously engaged with, to further assist in her journey of personal and professional growth through advanced development opportunities. Host organisations include: Shubbak Festival – London, UK, Collectif Kahraba – Hammana, Lebanon, New Theatre Institute of Latvia – Riga, Latvia and the Community Music Activities Commission (CMA) – Helsinki, Finland.

Nick Atkins | Parramatta, Western Sydney | $30,000
A program focused on writing for theatre in Western Sydney
Nick’s fellowship program involves 12 months of activity designed to develop his expertise as both a playwright and director of new writing through direct practice, extended research and deepening collaborations. His program will involve an international residency, two new work intensives, one mentorship and three partnerships with leading Western Sydney arts organisations.

Ghenoa Gela | Rockdale, Sydney | $30,000
Creative development of her new work Usar’s Malungoka
Ghenoa’s fellowship will include creative development of and mentorship for her newest dance theatre work Usar’s Malungoka. This will include cultural and practice mentorship from Force Majeure Artistic Director Danielle Micich, and Ilbijerri Theatre Company Artistic Director Rachael Maza.

Daniel Graham | Lane Cove, Sydney | $22,650
Research development of Access Centres in the UK supporting artists with Neuro-Diversity
As a trained Theatre Director with disability involved in advocacy activities on behalf of fellow artists with neuro-diverse issues, Daniel will build on his initial research into UK Access Departments in Theatre and performance organisations by undertaking visits and interviews, as well as interviews with neuro-diverse disability artists about what activities have assisted their careers.

Jeremy Hawkes | Lismore, Richmond-Tweed | $30,000
Studio R&D and international residency at Berlin Institute of Art
Jeremy’s 12-month creative development program will include a 12-week residency in Berlin, attendance at Berlin Art week and the ‘push.conference’ in Munich, plus online skills development courses and collaborations.

Tamlyn Magee | Bega, South Eastern | $17,766
Developing Anactoria
Tamlyn will undertake a residency in Melbourne to develop new and existing solo work, with guidance from three industry professionals to upgrade her skills in live performance, songwriting, music technology, and promotion/business. The program will involve studio time in which she will ‘demo’ 10-12 songs and take one song to completion, to be released according to an effective promotional strategy.

Randa Sayed | Bankstown, Western Sydney | $28,529.31
A Professional Development Program in France, Lebanon and Spain
Randa aims to develop her practice and contribute to the expansion of Australia’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse narratives on stage by continuing her study of physical theatre at the prestigious École Philippe Gaulier theatre school in France and undertaking two theatre-making residencies (in Lebanon and Spain) hosted by Hammana Artist House.

Ju Shih Li | Ryde, Sydney | $27,600
Professional development and research program across Sydney, Taiwan and China
Ju will undertake a 12-month long research and experimental project in Sydney, Taipei and Jingdezhen, China, culminating in a solo museum exhibition at the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum.

Dr Kate Smith | Bathurst, Central West | $30,000
Creative Development
Dr Smith will be undertaking a broad range of professional development including being mentored and participating in classes and training opportunities in Australia and overseas.

Elyssa Sykes-Smith | Kiama, Illawarra | $30,000
Mentorship with Nigel Christensen & professional development program in London/Sydney
Elyssa’s professional and skills development program will include a mentorship with Sound Designer Nigel Christensen; experimentation and development of new work for a solo exhibition at the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery; research in collaboration with Sub-Structured Loss Centre London + AIR as well as skills and knowledge development via a series of short courses in Sydney and London.

Emele Ugavule | Canterbury, Sydney | $26,731
Fehuiakiga o Matagi Mai Tupuna – Exchanges of Winds with Ancestors
Emele will undertake a program of professional development through artist residencies, skills development and mentorship in the field of live performance and theatre over the course of 12 months in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand.

Young Creative Leaders Fellowships

Daniel Breda | Wollongong, Keira | $10,000
Creative Development: Limitless > Limited
Daniel will undertake professional development training in VR at Academy Xi and stage an interactive Virtual Reality (VR) Art Exhibition.

Ang Collins | Balmain, Sydney | $10,000
Professional Development with Australian Theatre for Young People
Ang’s professional development program will see her develop a new play with mentorship and support from Australian Theatre for Young People, involving a commission and subsequent ongoing development, dramaturgy, workshops, and the eventual reading of a completed play.

Bernadette Fam | St Marys, Western Sydney | $10,000
Middle Where?: An exploration of Arabic-Australian life in Western Sydney
Bernadette’s creative development program will consist of two secondments and an internship. She will then apply her newfound knowledge on the creation of an interdisciplinary verbatim piece titled Middle Where?, which will explore the real experiences and challenges facing Arabic-Australian women living in Western Sydney.

Ciaran Frame | Summer Hill, Sydney | $3,650
A professional development program in ‘biomusic’
Ciaran will undertake an extended program of professional development for composition work in the field of ‘biomusic’. His program will involve collaboration with scientists, a mentorship and a residency as a means of generating meaningful outcomes for his future career, gaining music specific knowledge and a more precise creative direction.

Joanna Joy | Rockdale, Sydney | $5,000
A mentorship with Danielle O’Keefe & The House that Dan Built
Joanna has been offered a mentorship with female arts organisation The House That Dan Built. Her mentorship will involve weekly coaching and use of The Yellow Umbrella venue.

Gillian Kayrooz | Guildford, Western Sydney | $5,000
An emerging artist development program in the Asia-Pacific
Gillian will participate in an exhibition and residency at the Sean Gallery in Hong Kong before completing a residency at the Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio in Japan. These activities will follow the graduation from a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) completed at the Sydney College of the Arts.

Zachary Lopez | Newtown, Sydney | $10,000
Developing new skills through cross-cultural collaboration and mentorships
Zachary will develop his skills as a young NSW based dance artist by connecting with multidisciplinary organisations, engaging with the Multicultural Youth Network (NSW) and being mentored by acclaimed Australian choreographers Gavin Webber and Narelle Benjamin. He will also collaborate with emerging dancers to create movement with an intention to develop a live performance.

Joshua McCormick | Lightning Ridge, North Western | $10,000
JBM Contemporary Indigenous Art Fellowship Group
Joshua will implement ten art workshops at all three youth centres (30 in total) in Walgett, with art produced showcased at significant community events throughout the Shire. It is envisaged this initiative will unearth many young talented artists and form a self-sustaining local indigenous arts group.

Victoria Pham | Summer Hill, Sydney | $10,000
Professional Development Program in Australia
Victoria’s proposed program will include composition lessons from previous teachers, further musical mentorship and see her return to performance lessons in percussion and conducting as well as visual arts and multidisciplinary work. Each mentor will provide her with intensive artistic support, particularly focusing on compositional process and the legal and business aspects of working within the classical music and fine arts business.

Published: 6 November 2018