The 2021 Balnaves Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship
The Balnaves Foundation and Belvoir are committed to supporting new work by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre artists.
In 2021 the Fellowship continues to evolve to meet the needs of the artistic community. The Fellowship is open to playwrights to write a new play and also to directors or writer/directors that can lead the creation of an Indigenous-led new stage work, whether that be a new play, an adaptation or through a devised process. It also includes an invitation to have a voice in Belvoir’s artistic decision-making.
The Fellowship model will see the selected Fellow (playwright or director or writer/director) receive $25,000 over a year-long period to create a new work, and to spend time over 10 months (equivalent two days per week) in 2022 as a resident artist at Belvoir, subject to negotiation with the Fellow’s availability and location.
In addition to the financial support for the Fellow, resources will also be provided to the project being developed. Creative milestones, placement within Belvoir, resourcing and collaboration will be discussed with the selected Fellow.
The Fellowship model seeks to be deeply collaborative and to support the selected Fellow to create a work for the stage, engage the Fellow in the experience of being in a company structure, and offers the opportunity to support other Indigenous artists through Belvoir’s creative development and programming processes.
Expressions of interest will be accepted from creatives of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent who are writers or writer/directors or directors who have a new theatre work they wish to bring to life.
Expressions of interest will be considered by a panel including Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.
The Balnaves Fellowship (previously the Balnaves Award) has long been recognised as one of the most prestigious playwriting awards in Australia, attracting entrants of the highest calibre. Previous recipients (including Leah Purcell, Nakkiah Lui, Ursula Yovich and Nathan Maynard) have submitted exceptional works that consistently affirms the depth of talent amongst our nation’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre-makers.
Since 2011 The Balnaves Foundation has supported the presentation of two Indigenous-led works per year as part of Belvoir’s annual season. The Balnaves Foundation is committed to working towards reconciliation and has supported numerous Indigenous arts projects including the creative development of I Am Eora and Black Diggers for Sydney Festival.
The 2020 Balnaves Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship has been awarded to proud Saltwater woman of the Budawang tribe of the Yuin nation, Jorjia Gillis. As a performer, writer, story consultant and director, she has worked across theatre, television and film and her training has taken her across Australia and to the UK.
Entries for the 2021 fellowship are now open.
The 2022 Andrew Cameron Fellowship
The Andrew Cameron Fellow will work with the company’s Artistic and Programming team over a period of one year to support play development, auditions, rehearsals and season programming. The Fellowship is open to directors, actors, writers, dramaturgs or creatives interested in pursuing artistic leadership positions in the future.
“Opportunities like these are rare in Australian theatre, but they’re invaluable. The chance to sit inside a company is a special thing – to eavesdrop on great artists, to form new collaborations, to see the connections between the work and the business and to develop a long-term relationship with Belvoir.” Eamon Flack, Artistic Director
The fellowship has been an important part of Belvoir since 2017 thanks to the generosity of, and in honour of, our former Chair, Andrew Cameron AM.
“I’m passionate about succession in the arts and I believe it is essential for the industry’s ongoing success that emerging leaders have the opportunity to work within thriving companies like Belvoir. It’s no mistake that many Artistic Directors come from more junior positions in programming teams as there is no replacing that hands-on experience.” Andrew Cameron.
Belvoir is committed to supporting the development of artists who face structural barriers in accessing these opportunities. As part of the experience of working within Belvoir’s Artistic and Programming team, the Fellow will also be offered mentorship by Artistic Associates, S.Shakthidharan and Kodie Bedford, and Producer, Zainab Syed, to ensure they have appropriate structures of support.
Applicants from First Nations, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds and/or underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.
Applications for the 2022 Andrew Cameron Fellowship are now open.