In responding to the COVID-19 emergency, Sidney Myer Fund redirected support from the Sidney Myer Creative Fellows 2020 program to the National Assistance Program for the Arts in an effort to help support as many artists as possible through this difficult time. A decision on future iterations of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellows program will be made in due course.
Specific outcomes for the Fellowships are not required.
The two criteria used to select Fellows are: outstanding talent and exceptional courage. Specifically, this talent and courage relates to the artistic practice of the Fellows and not to cases of personal hardship.
Nominations are welcome for artists and arts managers across the entire spectrum of the visual, performing, interdisciplinary, new media and literary arts. Consideration is also given to arts managers and thought leaders in the humanities. Applicants to the program may not self-nominate and must include two referees who are not the nominator.
The Fellowships are intended for artists in their ‘early mid-career’ – to be eligible, nominees must be in the first seven to 15 years of their creative practice. They are also intended for artists who will primarily be resident in Australia for the two years of their Fellowship.
To qualify for a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, nominees must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident nominated by another individual (who is not a member of their family).
Nominations are reviewed by a national Peer Review Panel with consideration to two criteria: outstanding talent and exceptional courage. The Peer Review Panel will recommend the highest regarded nominations to the Trustees of the Sidney Myer Fund for endorsement.
2019 Sidney Myer Creative Fellows
The 2019 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship Selection Panel: Andrew Myer AM (Chair), Clare Watson, Elizabeth Walsh, Genevieve Lacey, Jo Dyer, Tarun Nagesh and Amos Gebhardt.