Published by: Kabuku PR | 18-Jun-2019
Belvoir is now accepting entries for The Balnaves Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship, an outstanding launching pad for new talent with a $25,000 paid residency at Belvoir.
The Fellowship will see the winner given the opportunity to work at Belvoir in 2020 as a resident artist and receive $25,000 over a year-long period to create their new work. The Fellowship is open to playwrights, writer/directors and directors who can drive the creation of a new, Indigenous-led stage work, whether that be a new play, an adaptation or through a devised process.

From its origins as The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright Award, The Balnaves Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship is recognised as one of the most prestigious awards in Australia, attracting entrants of the highest calibre. Previous recipients, include Leah Purcell, Jada Alberts, Megan Wilding, Nakkiah Lui, Ursula Yovich and Kodie Bedford.

Current Balnaves Fellow Kodie Bedford says, "The Balnaves Fellowship creates a meaningful partnership between yourself and Belvoir Theatre. For me, it's been a two-way learning relationship where I get to use Belvoir's incredible resources and Belvoir commits to my work. It's been a nurturing experience where I feel culturally safe and my voice heard. I'm proud to be part of a company, backed by The Balnaves Foundation, which has such a grand history of showcasing Indigenous works, celebrating our Indigenous playwrights and directors and personally giving me the space to develop as a writer and storyteller".

"The Balnaves Foundation has been supporting Indigenous Theatre at Belvoir for close to ten years, and central to this support is the commissioning of new work." said Hamish Balnaves, Chief Executive Officer of The Balnaves Foundation "Previous winners include many of this country's most powerful and prolific playwrights. We are proud to once again be supporting a platform for Indigenous artists to be creating contemporary Australian stories, and are delighted that the successful artist also has the opportunity to work at Belvoir as part of the Artistic & Programming team".

Louise Gough, Head of New Work at Belvoir said "Belvoir is honoured to have a long-term relationship with and the support of The Balnaves Foundation. We share a deep belief in and commitment to the support of Indigenous theatre-makers and the rich and varied stories to be told. The new Fellowship model for the Award, which accepts submissions from writers, writer/directors and directors as well as offering a one-year residency at Belvoir, is an exciting step toward deeper collaboration, and richer outcomes. We look forward to a new voice, a new story and a new theatrical experience from the next Balnaves Fellow at Belvoir".

Entries close 6pm Friday 19 July, 2019 and the new Fellow will be announced as part of Belvoir's 2020 Season Launch.

Additional information can be found on the Belvoir website https://belvoir.com.au/awards/

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