Yesterday the Australia Council for the Arts announced their first round of creative fellowships under the new Federal Government’s Creative Australia Artist Grants initiative. The Australia Council will deliver a total of $10m to individual artists over five years. The Fellowships consist of two categories: established artists (each valued at $100,000 over one year) and early career artists (each valued at $60,000 over two years).
Musician Gian Slater receieved an early career fellowship in this round. She will use the fellowship to develop her jazz practice through mentorships with Meredith Monk and Theo Bleckmann in the US, and Paul Grabowsky and Lucy Guerin in Australia. In partnership with local choreographers, she will develop a new work for Invenio and dancers. Her fellowship will also see her focus on making INVENIO a strong and sustainable company so that it can have a long future in creating and performing new works, and fostering new talent.
On hearing about the fellowship, Gian said:
I am thrilled to be one of the emerging recipients of this amazing arts council initiative. It’s going to allow me to dedicate more time to the ideas that I have been developing, with greater momentum and focus.
There are so many road blocks in producing art, and this is like a big green light…go!
We interviewed Gian after the Invenio Singers performed with Barney McAll’s Graft last year at Wangaratta Jazz. Find out more about this interesting musician here:
Photos supplied by Brian Stewart of Cyberhalides Jazz