Artists Mikala Dwyer (NSW) and Michelle Nikou (SA) have been announced as the recipients of the inaugural $20,000 NAVA Visual Arts Fellowship.
The fellowships, supported by the Copyright Agency and administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), were established to provide further opportunities for mid-career artists.
Mikala Dwyer is set to create an ambitious new work for a major solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) in August 2017. She will also present work in the exhibition Triple Point of Matter, at the new Foundation Fiminco in Paris.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity to really stretch my work into new forms, scales and materialities. With the institutional support of the gallery I believe I can do something I’ve never been able to do before,” Dwyer says. “This Fellowship is crucial to the realising of these projects and will uniquely help in extending and consolidating my practice into new realms.”
Michelle Nikou will travel to the Lombok village of Sukarara in Indonesia to develop a new body of work, learning further skills such as traditional techniques of weaving, and incorporating natural dyes and materials.