The Search Begins for Three NSW Creative Leadership Fellows


Bronwyn Bancroft. Falling Through Time. Mixed Media on Canvas. 120 x 270 cm. Photography by Sharon Hickey

Create NSW is calling for applications for the Beyond the Studio: Early to Mid-Career Dance Fellowship with Sydney Dance Company, Conductor: NSW Orchestral (Early Career) Fellowship with Sydney Youth Orchestras, and the NSW First Nations Creative Fellowship with the State Library of NSW, as they again partner with prestigious arts and cultural organisations to support the career advancement of local artists.

Interim Chief Executive of Create NSW Annette Pitman said the Fellowships underline the NSW Government’s commitment to creating opportunities to grow the skills of NSW artists and musicians.

“Create NSW will again partner with leading arts and cultural organisations to deliver a suite of professional development opportunities to support NSW artists, practitioners and arts and cultural workers through the Creative Leadership program,” Ms Pitman said.

“Following the inaugural NSW First Nations Creative Fellowship that Dr Bronwyn Bancroft used toward the creation of a new cultural work at the State Library of New South Wales, I encourage applications from First Nations practitioners for the program’s second year.

“It is exciting that Create NSW will once more join forces with Sydney Dance Company for Beyond the Studio and Sydney Youth Orchestra for Conductor, to deliver these important Fellowships that will facilitate the personal, creative and career advancement of our local artists and musicians.”

The Beyond the Studio Fellowship will provide a choreographer, dancer, producer, composer, or designer with $30,000 financial support from Create NSW as they pursue intense periods of engagement with the Sydney Dance Company artistic team.

The Conductor (Early Career) Fellowship will deliver one early career orchestra conductor $20,000 in financial support from Create NSW, along with $10,000 in-kind support in the form of mentoring and professional development with the Sydney Youth Orchestras, as they undertake a 12 month (part-time) self-directed professional development program to support their personal, creative and career advancement.

The NSW First Nations Creative Fellowship will offer a First Nations artist the opportunity to undertake a research project delving into the subjects and materials of the State Library of NSW’s collection. The Fellowship includes $30,000 in financial support from Create NSW and research support from the State Library of NSW.

Applications for the three fellowships close 5pm Friday 11 March 2022. For more information including details on how to apply, visit