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NSW Aboriginal Arts Fellow announcement for 2018
Create NSW has announced Sydney-based artist Travis De Vries as this year’s recipient of the NSW Aboriginal Arts Fellow, one of five $50,000 Priority Fellowships offered each year in line with the priority areas highlighted as part of the ten-year NSW Arts and Cultural Policy Framework – Create in NSW. Seven additional $30,000 artform focused fellowships are also supported through this initiative.
Muswellbrook-born De Vries has been practicing since 2006 and works across several mediums; painting, contemporary dance, choreography, music and writing. Throughout 2018 he will undertake a residency at the Australian Museum and use this funding to assist his research of Gamilaroi language and lore. The outcome of this project will be a major new work by De Vries, for an exhibition at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre in 2019. Create NSW CEO Michael Brealey says, ‘Through careful research and experimentation, Travis is able to interpret Aboriginal culture, bringing it to life with a standout graphic style that appeals to both western and contemporary Indigenous audiences,’ and affirms that Create NSW is ‘passionate about supporting NSW’s Aboriginal artists and creating new opportunities for their growth and development across the state. We are delighted that Travis will follow past recipients such as author and arts leader Cathy Craigie and theatre producer and curator Andrea James in accepting this Fellowship.’
Travis De Vries, NSW 2016 Accelerate recipient Photograph: Mark Gambino, British Council Courtesy Create NSW, Sydney