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2018 Sidney Myer Creative Fellows Announced

August 29th, 2018

From across Australia, eight exceptional mid-career artists have been announced as the 2018 Sidney Myer Creative Fellows.

They are:  Sarah Blasko, Merindah Donnelly, Nicola Gunn, Jonathan Jones, Anna Krien, James Mangohig, S.J Norman, and Nick Power.

An unrestricted and tax-free grant of $160,000 over a two-year period has been awarded to each Fellow.

‘I hope this Fellowship will free each artist from daily financial pressures and allow them the space to keep their creative practice flourishing,’ says Andrew Myer AM, Chair of the Selection Panel.  ‘We recognise their talent and passion and their belief in how the arts can make a positive contribution to society.’

At the core of the Fellowships are the artists. The Fellowships are not tied to any specific outcome, instead, they provide an income over a two-year period.

For Nicola Gunn, the Fellowship, ‘means everything to me. I just want to be a better artist and make better art.’

‘The Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship delivers rare and meaningful support for arts innovators within our independent and small to medium arts communities. It’s a generous recognition of arts professionals that is invaluable. I’m excited First Nations artists have always been acknowledged in this prestigious program,’ says Merindah Donnelly.

The national Peer Review Panel for the 2018 Fellows comprised: Kate Fell, Jeff Khan, Sean Pardy, Elizabeth Walsh, and Clare Watson.

Established in 2011, the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships have to date awarded over $11 million directly to 73 mid-career artists. This uniquely places the Fellows and their artistic endeavours at the centre of the Fellowships.

To be nominated for a Fellowship, artists and thought leaders must be within seven and 15 years into their creative practice and meet two criteria: outstanding talent and exceptional professional courage.  They are open to artists and arts managers across the entire spectrum of the visual, performing, interdisciplinary, new media and literary arts.

The Fellowship program is one of the many initiatives of the Sidney Myer Fund that support and enrich the cultural life of Australia.

Brief biographical information for each Fellow follows this media release.

All Fellows are available for interview.

 

Media information:   Magda Petkoff, Purple Media, 0409 436 473, magda@purplemedia.com.au

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