Sidney Myer Fellowships announced

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Kyle Page

Kyle Page, the artistic director of Dancenorth in Townsville, is one of 10 talented artists to have received a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship this year.

At 17 Page was already a professional dancer with Dancenorth and just 10 years later in 2014 he became artistic director of the company. Over the past 13 years he has performed around the world and collaborated with renowned choreographers including Meryl Tankard, Garry Stewart, Lucy Guerin, Gideon Obarzanek, Gavin Webber, Ikuyo Kuroda, Antony Hamilton and Stephanie Lake. Along with long-time collaborator Amber Haines, Kyle has co-directed three full-length works for Dancenorth. Syncing Feeling, Spectra and Rainbow Vomit have been performed across Australia and Japan including major arts festivals -- Sydney Festival, Brisbane Festival, OzAsia Festival, Kanagawa Arts Centre, Salamanca Moves and MOFO.

The other artists to receive the fellowship are Angela Betzien (NSW), writing; Emily Tomlins (Vic), theatre; Genevieve Clay-Smith (NSW), film; Hiromi Tango (NSW), visual arts; Jade Lillie (Vic), Cultural Community Arts and Development; Julia deVille (Vic) visual arts; Mark Leonard Winter (Vic), theatre; Megan Washington (Qld), music; Yitzhak Yedid (Qld), music.

Each Fellow is awarded a generous unrestricted grant of $160,000 over a two-year period.

The Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships recognise talent and exceptional courage in mid-career artists. Unfettered in their artistic excellence, each Sidney Myer Creative Fellow has shown a passionate commitment to their practice and an unyielding belief in how the arts can make a positive contribution to community.

The Fellowships are not tied to any specific outcome, instead, they provide an income over a two-year period, allowing each Fellow time to reflect and develop aspects of their creative practice without financial pressure. This uniquely places the Fellows and their artistic endeavours at the centre of the Fellowships.

For the artists, the Fellowship, “is a stunningly life changing and career defining moment. I am deeply grateful for the transformative opportunities that this fellowship will unlock over the next two years and am very much looking forward to sharing all that arises from these experiences with the Australian arts sector well into the future. Untold artistic adventures await,” says Kyle Page.

The national Peer Review Panel for the 2017 Fellows comprised: Charlie Cush, Clare Watson, Elizabeth Walsh, Fraser Corfield, Helen Marcou, and Sean Pardy.

Established in 2011, the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships have to date awarded over $10 million directly to 65 mid-career artists. This uniquely places the Fellows and their artistic endeavours at the centre of the Fellowships.

To be nominated for a Fellowship, artists and thought leaders must be within seven and 15 years into their creative practice and meet two criteria: outstanding talent and exceptional professional courage. They are open to artists and arts managers across the entire spectrum of the visual, performing, interdisciplinary, new media and literary arts.


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