Lord Mayor's Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships 2017

Below are the recipients of the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor's Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships for 2017. Successful grant recipients receive funding to join national or international training and development programs through participation in further study, mentorship and structured experience.

Katherine Dionysius

Katherine Dionysius
Katherine will complete a six week intensive Columbia Publishing course and undertake a mentorship with Ms Elizabeth Baribeau, Associate Director, Swiss Institute, New York to deepen writing and visual arts connections and experiences.

Katherine is a curator, researcher, writer and editor. She currently works part-time as Curatorial Assistant at QUT Art Museum, Brisbane and works regularly in a freelance capacity for 89plus, an international research project co-curated by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist, investigating the generation of artists and creative practitioners born in and after 1989. 

Prior to her current roles, Katherine worked in Exhibitions and Collections at QUT Art Museum (2009-13) and co-directed Brisbane-based artist-run initiative, Current Projects (2011-13). She completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Visual Arts) with First Class Honours at QUT in 2010.

Tamara Drazic

Tamara will develop her writing craft and complete the first draft of a manuscript at the Gullkistan Residency in Iceland.

Tamara is a young Australian writer who grew up in regional Far North Queensland and relocated to Brisbane to pursue her tertiary education in creative writing. Tamara writes in a variety of forms  however her focus is on long-form fiction and poetry. She works as a freelance writer and editor and also runs a literary magazine called Spinebind.

Brooke Ferguson

Brooke will complete a programme of contemporary visual arts exploration at Maumaus in Lisbon (Portugal) and undertake further independent study in Europe in order to produce a sound project and a cross-cultural screening program on return to Brisbane.

Brooke graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Art) with Honours from Queensland University of Technology in 2010. She was awarded the 2016 Mackay Art Foundation Youth and Student Artists Book Award, her work was shortlisted for the 2016 Churchie National Emerging Art Award and she was QAGOMA’s 2015 Melville Haysom Memorial Art Award recipient. 

In 2011 Brooke was Metro Arts’ Artist in Residence in Brisbane, and has exhibited predominately with Australian artist run initiatives, including Bus Projects in Melbourne and Inflight in Hobart. 

Brooke is currently publication projects coordinator at Brisbane artist run initiative, Boxcopy.

Grace Law

Grace will train with leading international circus artists in Montreal (Canada), improving skills to inform future creative developments and capacity as a circus trainer in Brisbane.

Grace is a Brisbane based Malaysian-Chinese circus performer. Over the past eight years Grace has worked as a performer, trainer and designer for Vulcana Women’s Circus, Flipside Youth Circus, Aerialicious Entertainment and Backbone Youth Arts, and performed at Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse and countless local festivals and events. Her independent ensembles, Cats & Cheesecake and Shift Ensemble, have performed and toured across Australia. With an insatiable lust for learning, Grace has trained in Brisbane, Melbourne, London, Los Angeles, Montreal and has worked with world-renowned coaches Lindsay Butcher (Gravity and Levity, London) and Rachel Walker (Cirque du Soleil, Montreal). 

Maxine Mellor

Maxine  will undertake a diverse, month-long program of promotion, professional development, cultural immersion and exploration of theatre and writing through Singapore, the United Kingdom and Iceland, including attending the Iceland Writers Retreat.

Maxine is an award-winning, produced and published Brisbane playwright of more than 20 plays inspired by oddballs, difficult questions and nature. Recent productions include The Wind in the Willows (La Boite Theatre Company), The Wizard of Oz (Danger Ensemble and La Boite Theatre for Brisbane Festival), Trollop (Queensland Theatre) and Sleeping Horses Lie (Terrapin Puppet Theatre).

Maxine’s awards include the Max Afford Playwright’s Award (2014), the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award (2012/2013), Inscription’s Edward Albee NYC Residency Scholarship (2012), Queensland Theatre’s Young Playwrights Award (2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005) and a Matilda Award for Best New Independent Work (2005).

Ania Zoltkowski

Ania will undertake a Masters of Fashion Futures program at the London College of Fashion specialising in fashion, ethics and the environment to create an ethical fashion industry and help garment workers.

Ania is an Australian-Polish designer, creator, and activist, interested in fashioning a sustainable future for our planet. With a degree in fashion design and six years working internationally for top designers including Vivienne Westwood, Ania has a deep understanding of how clothes are manufactured. Passionate about fusing human rights with fashion, Ania is working towards a future where all garment workers in developing countries experience safe and fair conditions.

Ania is one of only 16 students accepted into the MA Fashion Futures program at the London College of Fashion, the world's only degree specialising in fashion, ethics and the environment.


Last updated:7 May 2019