Geraldton based artist Julian Canny receives National Fellowship
Artists from Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and Victoria have been recognised for their creative work as recipients of the inaugural Regional Arts Development Fellowships. Amongst the recipients is Geraldton based performing artist and comedian, Julian Canny.
Minister for the Arts, Senator George Brandis QC, has announced the names of the five recipients of the Fellowships program launched by the Minister at the 2014 Kalgoorlie National Regional Arts Summit.
‘I am delighted to recognise the good work of these recipients of the Fellowships. Regional artists often have less access to the professional development opportunities as their urban counterparts. In introducing this program, I sought to offer support to those artists that make a difference in their own communities by providing them with the opportunity to take their work to the next level’, said Senator Brandis.
Julian is well known to the Geraldton community and across the state for his commitment to running The Comedy Emporium, a locally run and operated arts business that delivers regional Western Australia with comedy entertainment.
“Julian is a great supporter of regional arts in WA. He is a member of Country Arts WA and most recently was part of the 2014 Regional Arts Australia Summit: Arts & Edges Create Tank project. The project team generated partnerships and sustainable networks between young people and the national arts and cultural sector through digital technology and three new media projects delivered in the lead up to and during the Summit,” says Jessica Machin, CEO of Country Arts WA.
In congratulating Julian Canny on his Fellowship, Regional Arts Australia President and Vice President of Country Arts WA, Kate Fielding, commended the Minister for his commitment to supporting regional artists through this program.
“These Fellowship recipients reflect the amazing creativity demonstrated each day by regional artists. To have such strong interest in the Fellowships program is indicative of the relevance of this creative development activity to the developmental aspirations of regional practitioners ’, said Ms Fielding.
Canny was the receiver of the Youth Creative Development Fellowship, where he will develop his writing skills and to research and develop links interstate and overseas over the following twelve months.