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EOIs open for Mordant Family/Australia Council Fellowship in Rome

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Finalstudiolynne: American Academy in Rome Studio window view looking across to Villa Aurelia Scholars Building from artists’ studio at the American Academy in Rome.

The Australia Council invites expressions of interest from Australian visual artists who wish to develop their practice and networks in Europe at the American Academy in Rome.

Offered through the generous support of the Mordant Family, the Fellowship provides the opportunity to spend two months in Rome as part of the American Academy’s Affiliated Fellowship Program.

Established in 1894, the Academy is an independent, privately funded institution that supports artists, writers and scholars living and working together in a dynamic international community.

The Fellowship is open to Australian visual artists with a significant track record of exhibitions in public institutions and galleries. Previous recipients of the Fellowship include leading conceptual painter Jenny Watson (2018) and photographic and installation artist Lynne Roberts-Goodwin (2017).

Simon Mordant AM said:

The American Academy in Rome holds special significance for our family and we are delighted to support a third artist to experience its wonderfully stimulating environment. Lynne Roberts-Goodwin has had an extraordinarily productive and inspiring experience at the AAR and Jenny Watson takes up her residency later this year. This will have a lasting impact on their creative practice.”

Australia Council CEO Tony Grybowski thanked Catriona and Simon Mordant AM for their ongoing support which has made this Fellowship possible:

“This is a superb opportunity for a leading Australian visual artist to develop their practice and build invaluable networks by working alongside artists and scholars from all over the world. We’re grateful to the Mordant Family for enabling Australian participation in this excellent program – it is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen the profile of Australian arts overseas and a great partnership between the Council and philanthropists.”

Expressions of Interest are now open, and will close 27 November 2018Applicants must outline their plan of activity whilst in Rome and how this residency will further their professional and artistic practice development. A willingness to engage meaningfully with the AAR community is a key element of this particular residency.

Applicants are encouraged to review the criteria on the Australia Council’s website.

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