2018 Grants for Individuals


Recipient Amount funded Activity
Lenny Bartulin $20,000 The aim of this project is to write a new novel focusing on post-war migrant life in Tasmania during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, alternating with the characters’ experiences during WWII in Yugoslavia and Germany. More particularly, the ambition of the project is to portray and dissect the prevailing narratives of immigrant experience.
Jane Rawson $15,000 In this new novel, The Bureau of Wellness, Jane will investigate Australia’s – and the western world’s – move towards authoritarianism, xenophobia, self-interest and individualism. We congratulate ourselves on having stood up to fascism in the 1930s, but how close were we to choosing another direction? How far away are we now? And what methods might we use to resist?
Peggy Frew $20,000 Intervention (working title) will be Peggy’s fourth novel – a work of fiction set in contemporary Australia, concerning three adult sisters, Meg, Tillie and Amber. The book will be a portrait of a family and the ways in which it is shaped by these two linked threads of addiction and precocious talent.
Lisa Jones $20,000 Waiting (by Julia Davis and Lisa Jones working in collaboration) is an immersive, multi-channel video installation which started during a previous residency with Sydney Trains. The new artwork will follow a journey into this subterranean landscape of “slow time” using a wide range of materials and processes including drawing, video, sculpture and installation.
Jennifer Mills $20,000 The Airways (novel) is a philosophical thriller that uses the ghost story and the idea of possession to explore queer embodiment, love and survival, memory and forgetting, grief, shame, and desire. Told from two perspectives, it is also a story of two cities in transformation: Sydney and Beijing.
Josephine Rowe $10,000 This grant will support the final development stage of a new fiction collection, Horse Latitudes. Common throughout the stories is the question of how geographical placement impacts upon our interior landscapes—how one’s sense of self might be amplified or obliterated when reckoned against unfathomable expanse, or a drastically-changing climate.


Recipient Amount funded Activity
Jessica Clark $4,000 Jessica will undertake a curatorial and cultural mentorship which will contribute to her development of a curatorial practice that prioritise First Peoples ways of working. It will also inform her personal and professional growth in this field.
Spence Messih $2,500 Spence will participate in a professional development program in North America which involves a two-week mentorship with Chicago based theorist David Getsy, a period of mentorship and new work development with artist Gordon Hall and periods of self-directed research at The Chinati Foundation and selected LGBTIQ archives.
Cherry (Cher) Tan $1,605 Cher has received a mentorship with Writers Victoria to be paired with a suitable mentor in her genre(s). This mentorship intentionally overlaps with a creative non-fiction writing short course at RMIT University, conducted by established writer and journalist Dr. Sian Prior to further develop Cher’s writing skills.
Susan Jacobs $4,000 Susan is supported to participate in the London Slade Summer Intensive 2018, which is a structured residency and mentoring program taking place in London.  Susan is one of twenty-one international artists that have been selected to participate in the program, hosted by the Slade School of Art, a world-renowned international art school, and by the Camden Arts Centre.
Madeleine Preston $4,000 Madeleine will also attend the Slade London Summer Intensive 2018. Her residency will provide research opportunities and access to galleries and collections including the ceramics collection at the V&A as well as a London’s commercial galleries. The work created during this intensive course will build on ideas Madeleine began during her Art Gallery of NSW residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts that talk about the ugliness that is the colonial underside of the wealth contained in the grand collections of Europe.
Terri-ann White $4,000 Support to enable enrolment and participation in an intensive week-long Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing course at the Yale School of Management. This is one of the most recognised programs currently presented and its integration of theories of leadership and strategy with real-life experience by publishing professionals makes it compelling as a means of shifting thinking and addressing big-picture problems and future work within the Australian publishing industry.
Ashleigh Hardcastle $500 To take part in the Maurice Saxby Creative Development Program, run by The Victorian Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Ashleigh was selected as one of five participants for the program, based on the second draft of her contemporary young adult novel, which explores the friendship between a Syrian refugee and a local girl living in rural Western Australia.
Omar Sakr $5,000 Omar will receive a mentorship with Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad, author of The Lebs and the director of SWEATSHOP which will last for the duration of a year, with the outcome being a novella currently titled Not Normal. Omar is explicitly looking to transition from a poetry-based practice into fiction, with the eventual goal of writing a novel.
Julia Tsalis $2,300 Julia will participate in the Edinburgh Exchange – a program designed by the Melbourne and Edinburgh Cities of Literature for literary programmers to share skills, ideas, and opportunities. It is a structured program in which programmers will build international ties, see a range of events, develop programming skills, and explore the industry.
Tara June Winch $2,000 Confirmed to undergo a structured learning residency in the Nietzsche Haus in Sils Maria, Switzerland. The residency will enable Tara to both add local knowledge to her novel in progress, and to also have a wider philosophical engagement with the study of “master and slave morality” in literature.
Esther Anatolitis $4,000 To assist Esther’s new role with NAVA as one of the nation’s leading arts advocate this support will enable her to undertake two international mentoring opportunities to learn more about visual arts best practice. The first mentorship will be in New York City meeting with confirmed mentor, Robert Lynch, and the second will be a speaking opportunity at the CARFAC National conference (NAVA’s Canadian equivalent).
Emma Hall $5,000 Attendance at the triennial Women’s Playwriting International (WPI) Conference in Santiago, Chile. Emma is one of 55 writers whose work has been selected from over 300 worldwide to participate. An excerpt of her work We May Have to Choose (WMHTC) will be performed followed by a public Q&A and speaking tour in South America.
Maryann Ballantyne $2,440 Maryann will work as a mentor for two weeks at Magabala books head office in Broome, working with staff and many of their authors across publishing systems, editorial, design, programming and publicity. This grant supports her airfare to Broome and a daily amount for accommodation/living expenses as Maryann will be taking unpaid leave (and will not be paid for her time at Magabala) to conduct the mentorship.
Kylie Maslen $2,700 Kylie will undertake an independent structured mentorship with Author Fiona Wright. Both writers are driven to use their work as a way to communicate lived experience, and the three essays slated for development through this mentorship will in time constitute the beginning of a full-length collection for Kylie.
Jane Skelton $2,000 Supported to attend a structured writing residency at Allenheads Contemporary Arts in the North of England, to work on a literary historical fiction novel, ‘Boydtown.’ Jane will use the residency to write about the landscapes and myths that engendered the attitudes of colonists to Australia, especially focal character, Ben Boyd.



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