Fellowship applications close at the end of June
Applications for the Copyright Agency’s $80,000 Fellowships close at 1pm on Monday 29 June.
This year there are two Fellowships on offer for Australian writers and one for an established visual artist. The latter is designed to support the creation of an important new work, either for exhibition or for a public outcome.
The inaugural Visual Artist Fellow was Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens, who used the time and space afforded by the Fellowship to create two large-scale multimedia installations: A Dickensian Circus and A Dickensian Country Show.
“To have a period of time where you are able to create your work on solid ground is a blessing and offers security that can only enhance an artist’s practice and sense of self-worth,” Karla said.
“Being awarded the Fellowship definitely took the pressures off my financial worries. It allowed me to purely focus on my art and gave me the opportunity to honour commitments for upcoming exhibitions with a greater level of professionalism and freedom.”
When asked what advice she would give other prospective applicants, Karla simply suggested to “go for it”, adding: “Artists can relate to one another with the pressures they feel to produce their work. In our industry, there is a lot of rejection and quite frequently we have the thoughts of giving up and questioning our ability.
“The Fellowship gave me an added confidence; definitely an invaluable opportunity.”
You can also read the full Q&A with Karla about her Fellowship and the resulting projects.