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Closing Date:  19 Jul, 2019

Balnaves Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship

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The Balnaves Foundation and Belvoir are committed to supporting new work by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre artists.

Full Details

In 2019 the Award continues to evolve to meet the needs of the industry. The Fellowship is open toplaywrights to write a new play and also to directors or writer/directors that can lead the creation of an Indigenous led new stage work, whether that be a new play, an adaptation or through a devised process.

The Fellowship model will see the selected Fellow (playwright or director or writer/director) receive $25,000 over a year-long period to create a new work, and to spend time over 10 months (equivalent two days per week) in 2020 as a resident artist at Belvoir, subject to negotiation with the Fellow’s availability and location.

In addition to the financial support for the Fellow, resources will also be provided to the project being developed. Creative milestones, placement within Belvoir, resourcing and collaboration will be discussed with the selected Fellow.

The Fellowship model seeks to be deeply collaborative and to support the selected Fellow to deliver a new work for the stage, engage the Fellow in the experience of being in a company structure, in addition to being responsive and flexible to theatre-making processes.

Expressions of interest will be accepted from creatives of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent who are writers or writer/directors or directors who have a new theatre work they wish to bring to life.

Expressions of interest will be considered by a panel including Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.

The Balnaves Award has long been recognised as one of the most prestigious playwriting awards in Australia, attracting entrants of the highest calibre. Previous winners (including Leah Purcell, Megan Wilding, Nakkiah Lui and Ursula Yovich) have submitted exceptional works that consistently prove the depth of talent in amongst our nation’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre-makers.

In 2018, the fellowship was awarded to Kodie Bedford, including a residency at Belvoir to develop her play CURSED!.

Since 2011 The Balnaves Foundation has supported the presentation of two Indigenous-led works per year as part of Belvoir’s annual season. The Balnaves Foundation is committed to working towards reconciliation and has supported numerous Indigenous arts projects including the creative development ofI Am Eora and Black Diggers for Sydney Festival.

Entries for the Balnaves Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship will open on Monday 17 June, 2019. The submission deadline is  6pm on Friday 19 July, 2019. 

Expression of Interest Guidelines 2019.

Submission Form 2019

Please email your complete submission to louise@belvoir.com.au  with the subject line: ‘2019 The Balnaves Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artist Fellowship’