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Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship announced

Expressions of Interest are now open for an established visual artist to apply for the new Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome.

Offered through the generous support of the Mordant Family, the Fellowship will run annually for three years starting in 2017, enabling a visual artist to spend two months in Rome as part of the American Academy’s Affiliated Fellowship Program.

Australia Council for the Arts Chief Executive Tony Grybowski thanked Catriona and Simon Mordant for their generosity in funding this Fellowship, which leverages the Council’s expertise and highlights the opportunities that can be created through this type of collaboration.

“The Australia Council is committed to growing private, public and philanthropic funds to support the arts and this targeted investment by the Mordant Family for a Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome realises our shared vision to enhance the profile of Australian artists internationally,” Mr Grybowski said.

As a committed supporter of the arts and the previous Australian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale, Simon Mordant AM, on behalf of the Mordant Family, said he was delighted to continue working with the Australia Council.

“Providing international opportunities for Australian contemporary visual artists to develop their practice in a broader context is so valuable to career development and I am particularly pleased that successful Fellows will experience this at the American Academy in Rome because of its significance to our family.

“We are proud to support this important opportunity and working with the Australia Council to strengthen Australia’s artistic dialogue overseas. For an Australian visual artists to have time to immerse in their practice surrounded by the other diverse scholars at the American Academy will be a privilege and so beneficial to their art practice, with connections made there lasting a lifetime,” Mr Mordant said.

“I am delighted that Australia will now participate in our global affiliated fellowship program thanks to the generosity of our Trustee Simon Mordant and his wife Catriona and the Australia Council for the Arts,” Mark Robbins President of the American Academy in Rome said.

Established in 1894, the American Academy in Rome (AAR) is the oldest American overseas centre for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities.The successful Fellow will have the opportunity to pursue their work in an inspiring, collaborative and supportive environment, with accommodation and studio space provided in the AARs historic building on the Janiculum Hill.

Expressions of Interest for established visual artists are now open. Applicants are encouraged to review the criteria on the Australia Council’s website and must have a significant record of exhibitions in public institutions and galleries. Applications close Tuesday 14 March 2017 and the successful applicant will be announced in April to commence in the second half of this year.

Co-investment delivers transformational programs and experiences that enrich both the artists and the community.There are a number of opportunities for philanthropic foundations, corporations and individual donors to partner with the Australia Council for the Arts, nationally and internationally. For more information please contact Enid Charlton (02 9215 9067 or



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