THE Australia Council for the Arts has announced the eight recipients of the 2017 Australia Council Fellowships, each worth $80,000 over two years.
This year’s recipients are Hetti Perkins of NSW for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts; Stephanie Lake of Victoria for dance; Simon Spain of Tasmania for community arts and cultural development; David Haines of NSW for visual arts; Paul Jackson of Victoria for theatre; Willoh S. Weiland of Tasmania for emerging and experimental arts; Arnold Zable of Victoria for literature; and Andrée Greenwell of NSW for music.
Contemporary choreographer Stephanie Lake, the recipient of the fellowship for dance, will use it to support the development of a large scale work involving more than 50 performers.
“This fellowship really allows me to keep going, and to be even more ambitious in what I can achieve,” Ms Lake said.
Paul Jackson’s fellowship for theatre will allow him to expand his practice as a multi-award winning lighting designer.
“This really is a key program for providing support and encouragement for mid-career and established artists,” Mr Jackson said. “It enables you to do those things that simply aren’t possible when you're going from job to job trying to make a living.”
The recipient of the community arts and cultural development fellowship, Simon Spain, said the fellowship would support him to continue creating and connecting communities of young people through the arts.
“It will allow me to better advocate for arts and artists in Tasmania and, importantly, to give more of my time to that work,” Mr Spain said.
For composer Andrée Greenwell, the music fellowship will allow her to pursue a series of ambitious projects, including the development of a new work for Opera Queensland.
“I’m honoured and very excited to be undertaking collaborations with leading Australian artists and organisations through this award,” Ms Greenwell said.
Arnold Zable’s fellowship for literature follows more than three decades of storytelling and literary achievements.
“I think it’s important for our culture. To have an Australia Council, and to have support for the arts in this form is an acknowledgment that the arts matter,” Mr Zable said.
Australia Council Fellowships are offered once a year, with applications assessed and awarded by a peer panel made up of experts in the relevant art forms. Applications for the 2018 Fellowships are open until June 5t 2018.