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2020 Fellowship program

Five artists awarded Regional Arts Fund National Fellowships

The National Regional Arts Fellowship program is a one-off round as part of the Regional Arts Fund.

The Fellowships Program is an investment in the development of artistic and creative practice, and in 2020 is positioned to support artists and arts workers to respond to the theme of drought and/or bushfire.

The program is contemporary, flexible and relevant to artists practicing, working and living in regional and remote Australia. It is designed as an applicant-led approach, addressing the needs of the individual in that time and place; offering a guaranteed income (for a short period) for an artist/ practitioner to develop their work, skills and networks or research.

The fellowships value best practice, build connection, generate exchange and strengthen that national network of regional artists and communities.

Recipients were selected through a competitive grant round process and were assessed by an independent panel.

2020 Fellowship Recipients
From top left clockwise: Alex Wisser, Vanessa Keenan (photo Natalie Ord), Kristina Chan (photo Joshua Morris), Jack Sheppard, and Bethany Reece.

Creative Development


Kristina Chan

Red Head, NSW

Mentorship and youth workshops in drought and bush fire affected communities

First Nations Creative Development


Jack Sheppard

Bungalow, QLD

'Serpent Waters'

Arts Worker Professional Development


Alex Wisser

Kandos, NSW

Growing Connections: Strengthening Community in Drought

First Timer – Creative or Professional Development


Bethany Reece

Margate, TAS

Stratified Knowing

First Timer – Creative or Professional Development


Vanessa Keenan

Tumbarumba, NSW

Regeneration Project