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Residency in Rome now open for Australian visual artists through Mordant Family/Australia Council Fellowship

The Australia Council is calling for Expressions of Interest from established Australian visual artists who wish to develop their practice through a residency at the American Academy in Rome.

Offered through the generous support of the Mordant Family, the Fellowship is open to visual artists with a significant track record of exhibitions in public institutions and galleries.

This prestigious Fellowship will allow the successful artist to spend two months in Rome as part of the American Academy’s Affiliated Fellowship Program. Established in 1894, the Academy is the oldest American overseas centre for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities.

Australia Council CEO Tony Grybowski said the Fellowship was a wonderful opportunity for an Australian visual artist to develop their practice in a broader context and build invaluable international networks by working alongside artists and scholars from all over the world.

“The Australia Council is extremely grateful for the continued and generous support of Catriona and Simon Mordant AM which makes this possible. The Fellowship has been a great success in its inaugural year, demonstrating beautifully how co-investment can expand the opportunities available to Australian artists,” Mr Grybowski said.

“The Fellowship for an Australian visual artist at the American Academy in Rome is an extraordinary opportunity for an artist to immerse themselves with the best scholars from around the world to advance their practice. We were overjoyed by the quality of the applications for the inaugural Fellowship in 2017 and are excited to see the applications for the 2018 Fellow. We are delighted to be partnering with the Australia Council in creating this opportunity,” Simon Mordant AM said.

Expressions of Interest are now open and will close on 21 November 2017. Applicants must outline their plan of activity whilst in Rome and how the residency will further their professional and artistic practice development.

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

The 2017 Fellow and inaugural recipient is leading Australian photographer, video and installation artist Lynne Roberts-Goodwin. Ms Roberts-Goodwin is available for interviews.


The 2018 Mordant Family/Australia Council Fellow will be announced in late January.



Brianna Roberts


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