Trustees of the Sidney Myer Fund have announced the inaugural recipients of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships for Australian artists, arts managers and thought leaders.
Eugene Ughetti, Katie Noonan and Sam Fox are among the recipients of the inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships for Australian artists, arts managers and thought leaders.
Twelve artists were selected from over 300 nominations on the basis of two criteria – outstanding talent and exceptional courage.
The 2012 Fellows include representatives from the performing arts, visual arts and the sphere of thought leadership. Each of the twelve Fellows receives grants of $80,000 per year for two years, a total of $160,000.
The recipients are: Görkem Acaroğlu, Brook Andrew, Joseph Appiah Kojo Annan, Natasha Cica, Ben Cobham, Robert Cousins, Sam Fox, Gunybi Ganambarr, Finegan Kruckemeyer, Katie Noonan, Hannah Skrzynski and Eugene Ughetti.
The Sidney Myer Fund follows a long tradition of supporting the arts.
“Sidney Myer was a passionate supporter of the arts as well as a great philanthropist, and was actively engaged in his community. The Fellowships support his belief that the arts are inseparable from everyday life, and that a rich society is one that expresses great creative spirit,” said Carrillo Gantner, Chairman of Trustees of the Sidney Myer Fund.
“The Fellowships will support artists, arts managers and thought leaders at a critical stage in their career. We hope it will inspire them to great things as their career develops.”
The selection panel members for the 2012 Fellows were Neil Armfield (former Artistic Director, Belvoir St Theatre), Helen Carroll (Curator, Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art), Colin Cornish (CEO, Australian Youth Orchestra), Annette Downs (Producer, Tasmania Performs), John Oster (CEO, Indigenous Art Code), Julianne Schultz (Founding Editor, Griffith Review), Sue Nattrass (representing the Arts and Humanities Committee of the Sidney Myer Fund) and Carrillo Gantner (representing Trustees of the Sidney Myer Fund).
More information on the Sidney Myer Fund and The Myer Foundation – www.myerfoundation.org.au.