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Artist with Disability Jeremy Hawkes Awarded $30k Create NSW 2018-19 Fellowship

Lismore-based artist with disability Jeremy Hawkes has been awarded a $30,000 2018/19 Creative Development Fellowship from Create NSW that will support him in completing studio based research and development, fund a residency at the Berlin Art Institute, see him attend national and international arts conferences and study at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York.
Jeremy also intends to use this time to begin a whole new body of work with increased engagement in new technologies.
“I am utterly delighted, amazed and, unusually for me, quite speechless at receiving this Fellowship. Opportunities like these are rare for artists with disability and artists living in regional Australia. This is my most significant achievement to date.
“The validation after so many years of hard work is incredibly meaningful, and the opportunities presented are just amazing. This is the beginning of the next stage of my arts career.
“I am very grateful to Create NSW for this Fellowship and for all the support and encouragement I have received over the years. It’s not easy being an artist. It’s not easy living with a disability. I hope this will inspire other people like me to keep going, keep pushing at the boundaries, never give in and know that their work is valued, important and very relevant,” said Jeremy.

About Jeremy

Jeremy Hawkes is a practicing artist, arts worker, writer and sometime performer based in Lismore, NSW. He has completed post-graduate studies at both RMIT and VCA, with a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Cross University in 19994. He has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas, most recently at the Lone Goat gallery in Byron Bay and as part of the Epicormia Collective at the NRCG, Ballina.
Since a workplace accident revealed a degenerative spinal condition in 2007, Jeremy has identified as an artist with a disability. He lives with chronic pain, atypical parkinsonisms and neural divergence – all of which inform his politics, activism and arts practice. Trained initially as a sculptor, Hawkes enjoyed a commercially successful career and his sculptures are held in many private collections. Since his accident Jeremy’s work has been radically reimagined to include a broad range of media including works on paper, performance, photography and digital imaging and forays into film. His recent thematic concerns include the body as a site of identity / pathology, evolutionary theory, and explorations / musings on mortality.
Jeremy has been the beneficiary of a number of grants including a Create NSW professional development with the Epicormia Collective, community / disability-based projects funded by AARTS and the Australia Council for the Arts and travel grants from Arts Access Australia and Regional Arts NSW. A funded short documentary film with HW Collective, Screenworks and ABC Open titled ‘The Ghost in the Machine’ was produced in 2016 and has gone on to win awards nationally and internationally and is available on ABC iView. He has been a judge and ambassador for a number of national art prizes including ‘Connected’ and the MS Art Prize 2018.
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