The Georges Mora Fellowship is awarded each year to a contemporary artist who has demonstrated gravitas within their art. The Fellowship provides financial support, residency opportunities and access to organisations and individuals with specialist knowledge to support the artist to research, experiment and create. A public outcome is expected.
The Principal benefit for the 2018-19 Georges Mora Fellow is a cash grant of $10,000. In addition the Fellow will receive one year's premium membership to the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).
The Georges Mora Fellow can choose to annex their Fellowship with a three-month full time or up to twelve-month part time secure desk at the State Library of Victoria. This option provides the Fellow with uninterrupted time to work with the rich resources of the Library to explore new thinking and research new ideas. This benefit includes access to a private study within the Library, which can be used outside normal opening hours.
If the successful Georges Mora Fellow is based outside of Victoria, the Georges Mora Fellowship is open to working with the Fellow to arrange an alternative residency, akin to the State Library of Victoria offer, within the applicant’s state.
The Georges Mora Fellowship can also assist the Fellow in applying for an international residency, should they choose to travel overseas for their project. Costs associated with this residency are the responsibility of the Fellow.
The Georges Mora Fellowship is open to any Australian citizen or permanent resident who has a demonstrated art practice. The successful Fellow will have shown a continuous commitment to the field of contemporary art. Artists at all stages of their careers may apply. There is no age limit.
Applicants are shortlisted by the board of the Georges Mora Fellowship. An independent panel of recognised arts and cultural professionals then awards the Fellowship. In selecting the Fellow consideration is given both to the artist’s past work and if it has demonstrated gravitas and if the proposed Fellowship project will extend the boundaries of the artist’s practice in new and significant ways. The Georges Mora Fellowship seeks a Fellow who has shown a continuous commitment to the field of contemporary art and who wishes to challenge their practice and the field of contemporary art further.