Australia Council announces leading artists for 2017 fellowships

The Australia Council has announced the recipients of its 2017 fellowships, recognising and supporting artists working across theatre, dance, music, visual arts and literature.

The fellowships are worth $80,000 each over two years and will go to eight artists creating work across Australia. They’re awarded once a year, with applications for next year’s fellowships open until June 2018.

This year’s recipient of the dance fellowship is Victorian choreographer Stephanie Lake, who has worked with just about every major contemporary dance company in the country, and has run her own critically-acclaimed Stephanie Lake Company since 2014.

The fellowship will help Lake to develop a large-scale work featuring 50 dancers. “This fellowship really allows me to keep going, and to be even more ambitious in what I can achieve,” she said.

Paul Jackson receives this year’s fellowship for theatre in recognition of his work as a lighting designer at an extraordinarily broad range of companies, including the Australian Ballet, both Melbourne and Sydney Theatre Companies, and Victorian Opera. He’s also worked as a lecturer at University of Melbourne, NMIT, RMIT University and Victorian College of the Arts.

“This really is a key program for providing support and encouragement for mid-career and established artists,” he 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.”

Award-winning composer Andrée Greenwell is this year’s recipient of the music fellowship, and will use the fellowship funds to support a number of projects, including a new work for Opera Queensland.

The recipients of this year’s fellowships are:

Hetti Perkins (NSW) – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts
Stephanie Lake (VIC) – Dance
Simon Spain (TAS) – Community Arts and Cultural Development
David Haines (NSW) – Visual Arts
Paul Jackson (VIC) – Theatre
Willoh S. Weiland (TAS) – Emerging and Experimental
Arnold Zable (VIC) – Literature
Andrée Greenwell (NSW) – Music

Featured image: Stephanie Lake’s Double Blind, photo by Pippa Samaya

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