Yalingwa is a significant new program designed to support the development of outstanding contemporary Indigenous art and curatorial practice, with a primary focus on South East Australian First Nations artists.
The program provides both a platform for professional First Nations artists and curators to develop their work at a senior level within a leading public gallery and museum context and offers significant Artist Fellowships.
Yalingwa is a Victorian Government initiative developed in partnership between Creative Victoria, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and TarraWarra Museum of Art. It encompasses three program elements:
1. Curatorial positions
2. Major exhibitions focussing on artist commissions
3. Artist Fellowships
A Yalingwa Advisory Group has been established to guide the development and implementation of the program. Members include Indigenous community representatives including Elders, curators and community members to ensure the program is informed by First Nations people and perspectives and reflects cultural practices and protocols.
About the 2018 Yalingwa Fellowship
The Yalingwa fellowship is a one-year Visual Artist Fellowship which invests significantly in artists careers. The fellowship will be offered every two years, with the first Fellowship to be announced in July 2018.
The Fellowship is intended to invest in the career development of artists who have made an outstanding contribution to creative practice in the Indigenous arts community and are in a critical moment in their career. The Fellowship will be presented in recognition of the above and their contribution to the community, taking into account the achievement and quality of recent and past work.
The Fellow will be awarded an untied cash grant of $60,000. The Fellowship could be used for the experimentation and development of new work, research, professional travel or to consolidate the artist’s practice or studio space, among other priorities. The inaugural Fellow will also have the opportunity to build a strong relationship with the Yalingwa curator and ACCA.
The Fellowship is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual artists who live and work in Victoria, with the aim of supporting mid-career and established artists who have shown dedication and a high level of commitment to their practice. Expressions of interest from artists across all disciplines of visual arts practice are welcomed.
The successful artist will be selected through an open call for expressions of interest, which will be assessed by a selection panel comprising members of the Yalingwa Advisory Group and representatives from ACCA, TarraWarra and Creative Victoria. Shortlisted artists will be invited to meet with the selection panel with the successful artist determined by interviews.
Submissions due 16 April 5pm.