Arts & Humanities

2017 Sidney Myer Creative Fellows

Angela Betzien

Angela’s plays have been produced across the globe. Her recent productions include The Hanging at Sydney Theatre Company, Mortido at Belvoir/State Theatre Company of South Australia and Egg at Melbourne Theatre Company.  Angela’s critically acclaimed, The Dark Room was produced by Belvoir in 2011 and won a Sydney Theatre Award for best new Australian work. Her plays for young people include: Children of the Black Skirt, Hoods, War Crimes, Girl Who Cried Wolf and Where in the World is Frank Sparrow?

Emily Tomlins

Emily is a theatre maker, collaborator, actor, facilitator, teaching artist and mentor. She is co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of the award winning independent theatre company Elbow Room. Emily has worked as an actor and collaborator with various companies including STC, MTC, QTC, La Boite, SA STC, Malthouse, Melbourne Festival, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Polyglot, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Darwin Festival, Darebin Arts, Arts Centre Melbourne, Restaged Histories Project, Queensland Arts Council, Bell Shakespeare Actors at Work, Four Larks, Daniel Schlusser Ensemble, The Hayloft Project, Voice In My Hands, Poppy Seed Festival and Elbow Room.

Genevieve Clay-Smith

Genevieve is a filmmaker, social entrepreneur and pioneer of inclusive filmmaking practices. She was awarded with the Young Leader Award in the 2014 100 Women of Influence awards, is the 2015 NSW Young Australian of the Year and 2015 winner of an Australian Directors Guild Award. Genevieve’s films have won awards at various Oscar Qualifying film festivals, have been played at the United Nations, been distributed across various VOD platforms, television networks in Japan and Belgium, ABC, Qantas inflight entertainment and used as texts for the High School Certificate.

Hiromi Tango

Since the debut of her formal practice in 2006, Hiromi has been a unique voice in Australian art, forging connections with participants and viewers alike through the transformation of personal narratives into iconic works. Both her solo and community engaged arts practice has become increasingly focused on exploring concepts from neuroscience research, often using nature as a lens through which she considers brain processes such as development, regeneration and pruning, and their role in emotional healing.

Jade Lillie

Jade  is a leading practitioner, creative producer and facilitator, deeply committed to arts, culture and social change. Her work is locally, nationally and internationally significant. A history of excellent work in collaboration with artists and communities, has led to Jade’s leadership in the field, a leader continually shaping and articulating what contemporary models of community-engaged practice can be. Her creative practice is best articulated as co-design and collaboration with artists and communities in arts and non-arts contexts.

 

Julia deVille

Julia is a leading Melbourne based visual artist who creates sculptural assemblages that are inspired by Renaissance, Baroque and Victorian aesthetics and ideas. Her works are designed to spark curiosity in the viewer through her adept application of paradoxical processes and materials. deVille’s significant artistic practice spans a mere eleven years. Julia’s works provoke a dynamic social commentary that juxtaposes the human preoccupation with youth and immortality against our inherent discomfort with death. Her works are underpinned by her interest in animal rights.

Kyle Page

At seventeen Kyle was already a professional dancer with Dancenorth and just ten years later in 2014 he returned to Townsville to assume the role of Artistic Director of the company. Over the past 13 years he has performed around the world and collaborated with renowned choreographers including Meryl Tankard, Garry Stewart, Lucy Guerin, Gideon Obarzanek, Gavin Webber, Ikuyo Kuroda, Antony Hamilton and Stephanie Lake.

Mark Leonard Winter

Trained by Lindy Davies at the Victorian College of Arts, Mark graduated from the Acting Program in 2005. He immediately set to work writing, directing, designing and acting in work that signalled a renaissance in Melbourne’s independent theatre scene, becoming a founding member of two of the most exciting companies to emerge at that time: The Hayloft Project and The Black Lung Theatre and Whaling Firm. Mark has received multiple awards and nominations and has garnered critical acclaim for every production that he has been a part of.

Megan Washington

Megan is an Australian musician and songwriter also known mononymously as Washington. Originally performing jazz music, her style evolved to indie pop and alternative rock where she sings and plays piano and guitar. On 30 July 2010, she released her debut album, I Believe You Liar, on Universal Music, which peaked at number three on the ARIA Albums Chart and, by end of 2011, received a platinum certificate from ARIA for shipment of 70,000 copies. In December 2009 Washington won the inaugural Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition for her track “How to Tame Lions”.

Yitzhak Yedid

Eclectic composer and improvising pianist Yitzhak Yedid fuses world music, jazz and contemporary classical music traditions to create works striking originality. Although Yedid was born in Israel, Australia has been his home since 2007. Yedid’s interest lies in composing and performing concert music. His composition folio contains orchestral, chamber and vocal music, and his improvised music output includes eight albums of works for various size improvising ensembles and for solo piano.

 

2017 Selection Panel: Andrew Myer (Chair), Charlie Cush, Clare Watson, Elizabeth Walsh, Fraser Corfield, Helen Marcou, and Sean Pardy.

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