The Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships recognise the talent and exceptional courage of artists. This year, they have been awarded to nine extraordinary artists from across Australia in dance, performance, visual arts, writing, theatre and music.
They are: Alison Murphy-Oates (NSW), cultural leadership; Ellen van Neerven (Qld), literature; Eric Avery (NSW), music/dance; Hoda Afshar (Vic), photography; Jo Lloyd (Vic), dance, Joel Ma (Vic), music, multi-artform; Latai Taumoepeau (NSW), performance art; Michele Lee (Vic), theatre writing; Tjungkara Ken (SA), painting.
Each Fellow is awarded a generous unrestricted tax-free grant of $160,000 over a two-year period. Since 2011, the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships have awarded over $14.5 million to 91 artists. This uniquely places the Fellows and their artistic endeavours at the centre of the Fellowships.
The Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships recognise talent and exceptional courage in mid-career artists. Unfettered in their artistic excellence, each Sidney Myer Creative Fellow has shown a passionate commitment to their practice and an unyielding belief in how the arts can make a positive contribution to community.
The Fellowships are not tied to any specific outcome, instead, they provide an income over a two-year period, allowing each Fellow time to reflect and develop aspects of their creative practice without financial pressure. This uniquely places the Fellows and their artistic endeavours at the centre of the Fellowships.
The national Peer Review Panel for the 2021 Fellows included: Andrew Myer AM (Chair), Amos Gebhardt, Helen Marcou AM, Jeff Khan, Jo Dyer, Josh Wright and Tarun Nagesh.
To be nominated for a Fellowship, artists and thought leaders must be within seven and fifteen 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.