First Nations Fellowship

Arts South Australia and Brink are committed to supporting new work by South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre artists and in late 2023 First Nations playwrights and storytellers were asked to apply for one of two Fellowships being offered by both organisations, to work within a supported creative and professional process for 12 months, as resident artists with Brink.  

SA Minister for the Arts, Andrea Michaels said, “This crucial initiative aims to support the needs of South Australia’s First Nations emerging playwrights and aims to nurture creative practice and storytelling within our state. Most importantly, this inaugural fellowship will celebrate and amplify First Nations voices and perspectives, paving the way forward for a more diverse and inclusive performing arts sector in South Australia”. 

With the support of our Artistic Director Stephen Nicolazzo and First Nations industry professionals, the inaugural fellows will be working on the development of new theatrical work, deepening their creative and industry networks, and gaining insight into the inner workings of an independent theatre company. The Fellowship is focussed on connection and creative enrichment for First Nations artists in South Australia, and Brink is thrilled to be a part of this initiative. 

In addition to financial support over the 12-month period for each Fellow, resources will be provided to the development of their projects alongside ongoing mentorship and dramaturgical support. 

The Fellowship model seeks to be deeply collaborative. Creative milestones, placement opportunities in the wider industry, resourcing and collaboration will all be discussed with each Fellow in accordance with their own requirements, with the overall program addressing four key areas of focus:

  1. Developing Own Practice/Ideas
  2.  Making/Producing Work
  3. How a Company Works
  4. Industry Networking (Emphasis on Leading First Nations Artists/ Companies) 

We acknowledge that the land on which we live, and work is the  traditional land of the Kaurna people and pay our respects to their  Elders - past, present and future. Brink supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart and enshrining a Voice to Parliament in the Constitution. 

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