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2016 Sidney Myer Creative Fellows

Khadim Ali

Khadim was born in Quetta, Pakistan in 1978. After growing up in Pakistan as a refugee, Ali was trained in classical miniature painting at the National College of Arts in Lahore and in mural painting and calligraphy in Tehran. The ongoing core of Ali’s practice is his adherence to the tradition of miniature painting. In these works, Ali uses his preferred materials of delicate inks, gouache and gold leaf, which he applies to the surface of sheets of wasli paper, a traditional paper that Ali makes by hand, guided by the teachings of his family.

Mary Anne Butler

Mary Anne’s journey as a playwright has gone from strength to strength since her decision, in 2008, to commit to a professional writing practice. It’s a testimony to her exceptional talent and dedication to the development of her craft that in eight years she’s amassed a string of local and national awards, had three plays professionally produced with seven total seasons including three of the multi-award winning Broken and three of Highway of Lost Hearts.

Dr Bianca Hester

Bianca’s projects bring people together in transformative ways. She has pioneered a way of working that is open and inclusive, accommodating multiple voices, materials, objects, actions and energies. This is particularly evident in how her projects respond to and involve their sites and contexts, well as through her continual exploration of critical forms of social engagement and collaboration.

Sarah Holland-Batt

Sarah is a poet, editor and critic living in Brisbane. Sarah’s first book, Aria, received the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and was published by UQP in 2008. Aria went on to win the artsACT Judith Wright Poetry Prize and the FAW Anne Elder Award, as well as being shortlisted in both the New South Wales and the Queensland Premiers’ Literary Awards, and commended for The Age Poetry Book of the Year.

Alex Kelly

Alex is a producer and director working across multiple art forms including film, theatre, community arts and cultural development. In addition to her own arts practice she is a  thought leader and a public speaker delivering workshops and lectures on arts, film and social change at conferences and festivals around the world. Alex also consults to a wide range of organisations and artists in best practice in community arts and cultural development, impact and outreach strategies.


Gareth Liddiard

Gareth was born in Port Hedland. He grew up in London and Perth before moving to Melbourne in 2000, at the age of 24. There he formed The Drones, the band he would go on to write and produce for as well as sing and play guitar in. Gareth has written and released one of Australian music’s most formidable bodies of work. For years, Gareth has taken risks writing about Australia’s past and present in ways that question or contradict widely held, sometimes cherished versions of Australian history, folklore and national identity.

Jonathon Oxlade

Jonathon is dedicated to creating sophisticated, dynamic work through contemporary visual storytelling. Not content to design or decorate spaces for stories to inhabit, his design aims to be a storyteller itself. Jonathon remains engaged as a creator throughout a show’s genesis, development and performance, immersing himself with his co-creators to build a show’s world and dramaturgical logic from the ground up.

Justin Shoulder

Justin Shoulder is a multidisciplinary artist working across performance, sculpture, video and community events. For the past ten years, he has worked on diverse projects in multiple roles: as artist, director, performer, curator and producer, creating a rich and multi-faceted body of work that continues to evolve and expand.

2016 Selection Panel: Andrew Myer (Chair), Stephen Carleton, Fran Clark, Fraser Corfield, Helen Marcou, Sean Pardy, Rachael Swain and Emma Webb.

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