Congratulations to Jonathan Jones who has been named the 2018 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow in the field of visual arts. Jones has been awarded a tax-free grant of $160,000 over a two-year period.
An Indigenous artist, Jones is a member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of south-east Australia. He is currently senior researcher at the Jumbunna Institute for the Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology in Sydney.
In addition to Jones, fellowships were awarded to seven other creative practitioners: Sarah Blasko, music; Merindah Donnelly, dance; Nicola Gunn, theatre; Anna Krien, writing; James Mangohig, music and community and cultural development; SJ Norman, live art; and Nick Power, dance.
The 2018 peer review panel included Kate Fell, Jeff Khan, Sean Pardy, Elizabeth Walsh, and Clare Watson. Andrew Myer AM chaired the selection panel.
“I hope this fellowship will free each artist from daily financial pressures and allow them the space to keep their creative practice flourishing,” Myer said.
“We recognise their talent and passion and their belief in how the arts can make a positive contribution to society.”
The Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships are awarded to mid-career artists, seven to 15 years in to their practices. Since they were established in 2011, Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships have been given to 73 mid-career artists.