Digital Fellowship Program

In partnership with Creative New Zealand, this program brings together artists to explore and develop digital practice.

Image: Whakapapa/Algorithms by Jamie Berry of Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngati Porou, Ngāpuhi iwi.

This fellowship program brings practitioners based in Australia and New Zealand together to co-develop their digital practice and set directions for the future of the arts in our region.

The six-month program prioritises collaborative learning, as well as individual practice development, through a series of curated online gathering sessions, an in-person residential and mentoring. Investment is also offered to enable participants to realise new ideas and set the course of their future work. The program includes:

  • In-person gathering – three day curated in person gathering including collaboration, learning, engagement, skills exchange and facilitated activities for all participants
  • Online gathering sessions – two curated one-day sessions of learning, skills exchange and facilitated activities for all participants.
  • Mentoring – participants are matched with a digital mentor to develop skills and practice through a 1-1 model.
  • Investment – funding of $10,000 is provided for each participant to collaborate, develop or present their digital practice.

Five Australian participants will join five New Zealand participants, with identified positions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Pasifika applicants.

The program will build the skills, networks and leadership of participants, to support a thriving and creative digital culture in the arts. The program will strengthen the connections between Australia and New Zealand practitioners and organisations.


Register for an info session

Online information sessions will be hosted by Australia Council and Creative New Zealand to support applicants and provide more detail around the program and application process. Register at the links below.

Please let us if you have access needs.

This program is developed and delivered in partnership with Creative New Zealand.

Artists working across any artform (community engaged practice, dance, digital arts, film and radio, literature, music, multi arts, theatre and visual arts) are eligible to apply.

The program is designed for artists within their first five years of digital practice.

Applications open on Monday 29 August 2022 and close on Tuesday 11 October 2022, 3pm AEDT.

The program runs from January – June 2023, with a combination of one in-person residential, online gathering sessions, 1-1 sessions and self-directed learning and development.

The in-person residential will take place over three days on 2-4 February 2023. All travel will be covered as part of the program.

The online gathering sessions will be delivered online on 6 April 2023 and 25 May 2023.

There is no cost for selected participants to join the program.

It is a condition of the program that participants must be available to attend the in-person residential, both online gathering sessions, and mentoring sessions.

Participants are also required to provide an acquittal of funding on completion of the program.

Applications will be assessed by internal assessors and industry advisors, in both Australia and New Zealand.

Selection criteria:

  • Timeliness and relevance of the program to the applicant’s development.
  • An active and open approach to creative digital practice
  • Ability to engage with diverse ways of learning and connecting with others.
  • Alignment to the strategic priorities identified in the Australia Council Digital Culture Strategy 2021-2024 and Creative New Zealand’s Pacific Arts Strategy 2018-2023.

Applicants may be invited to an online interview following the submission of an application.

Individuals can apply via our online application system. If you have access requirements, please get in touch so we can assist you.

Written response questions

  1. Introduce yourself and why are you interested in participating in this program 

Provide a brief introduction to yourself and your work, and why this program is relevant to you at this time. What has led you to apply for this program? What is your motivation for participating? How can the program support you to advance your practice towards an exciting future?

In this question we want to know how this program connects to your creative practice development.

You can choose to upload a 3-minute video in response to this question or answer in writing.

  1. Tell us about your digital practice. What motivates and interests you?

We use the term ‘digital’ broadly. Digital includes both online platforms and technologies that extend or impact on the creation, presentation and distribution of creative content. Importantly, we refer to digital as a way of doing things and a way of thinking: a digital mindset.

We think of digital as an:

  • Enabler
  • Practice
  • Mindset
  • Platform
  • Industry

For Pacific arts, we think of digital as it relates to:

  • Va – the space in between.  Meaningful spaces between people, places, cultures, time and dimensions, tangible and intangible.  A space that connects rather than separates.
  • Digital Moana – meaningful connections across Aotearoa, Oceania, and globally, to ensure arts are further enriched through new tools and technologies.
  • Moana, Te Moana-nui-a-Kiva, the ocean homeland of Pasifika peoples that is the fluid bridge between Aotearoa New Zealand, other lands and opportunities.

In this question we are interested in understanding your approach to digital practice.

  1. Tell us about a time that you worked collectively with others.

Our programs bring together artists and practitioners from a diversity of artforms, cultural backgrounds and geographical locations. We create safe spaces to encourage open, generous, and collaborative approaches to learning, experimentation and digital creativity.

In this question, share your experience of a relationship or exchange that has been an important moment for you in your creative digital practice.

Frequently asked questions

The fellowship program involves a three day in-person residential, two x one day online gathering sessions, regular 1-1 mentoring sessions and a financial investment in the development, creation and/or presentation of new digital work.

In person residential

The in-person residential will allow the group, facilitators and guest speakers to come together and connect on Country and exchange knowledge and support.

The residential will take place over three days at a location to be announced shortly. This cross-country opportunity enable participants to experience local culture and digital work, engage in workshops with guest speakers, exchange ideas, create community within the group and network with the wider sector.

Online gathering sessions

These online sessions are an opportunity for group learning and knowledge sharing, supported by core facilitators and informed by expert guest speakers and presenters.

These online gatherings will be delivered over two one-day sessions and provide time and space for participants to develop skills, knowledges, and networks around digital practice. The gatherings are a space for peer learning, and curated expert led sessions with industry leaders.

Topics and themes may be covered in the online gatherings include:

  • Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property in the digital space
  • New platforms and technologies for artists and creative organisations
  • Experimentation, collaboration and digital engagement
  • Accessibility in the digital space
  • Decolonisation of digital futures


Each participant will be matched with a mentor, and have six 1-1 sessions throughout the program.  The mentor will provide support and guidance with the development and creation of new work and project proposals in line with the participants’ practice. Participants may be matched with a mentor based in Australia or New Zealand.


Participants will receive a grant of $10,000 (AUD) to support the development and creation of new work throughout the fellowship program. The funding must be directed towards new work, collaborations and/or presentations developed over the course of the program. Mentors may support the development of this work. Participants will receive the funding on commencement of the program in January 2023.

There will be two lead facilitators for the fellowship program, one based in Australia and one in New Zealand. There will also be a range of guest speakers, case studies and experts who will join throughout the program.

A pool of mentors will be developed in collaboration with Australia Council and Creative NZ, and participants will be matched with a suitable mentor based on their goals and objectives. Participants may be matched with a mentor in either Australia or New Zealand.

Participants must be available for the in-person residential, online gathering sessions and mentoring sessions over the six-month program. These are compulsory activities as part of the Fellowship.

It is encouraged that participants dedicate time and space to the development of new work and ideas throughout the program.

This program will be delivered in-person, online, and involve hybrid programming where possible.

For any questions or further information about the Digital Fellowship please email or call 02 9215 9040

New Zealand applicants can also call Catherine George at Creative New Zealand +64 27 807 4221.

Meet the past participants

James Albert, Australia

James Albert, Australia

A multi disciplinary artist, Jimblah is a producer, vocalist, songwriter, & film maker hailing from Larrakia Nation in Top End Northern Territory. An important and powerful voice, Jimblah’s music speaks to decolonisation and healing from on-going trauma, challenging listeners to consider their responsibilities within the colonial context and to move forward in a manner that is rooted in a deep compassion, and a willingness to listen and experience what First Peoples are going up against, daily.

Following the release of his proclaimed albums Face The Fire and Pheonix which quickly stormed to #1 on the ARIA charts and was nominated for Australian Music Prize award, Jimblah was confronted with the weight of responsibilities he faced as a First Nations artist. Taking some time out and finding a sanctuary in producing music with Homewardbound. Jimblah now returns to his solo project with more conviction than ever before. 2019 was a big year for Jimblah with the release of praised singles “No Clapstick”, “Black Paint”, “House N***er” and “Black Life Matters”  all capturing a pivotal view on the deep unrest between Blak and White Australia and adding to the loud story that exists, which ultimately gave way to one of the most moving like a versions ever witnessed, followed closely by the most breaking release of 2020 – “About These Demons”.

Taking a step back from releasing his solo music, Jimblah now shifts his attention to building a new way of building with Blak artists, and a new way of engaging & activating the wider community with a new movement, space, & family that is BLKMPIRE.

If the future is for those who have the courage to create it, Jimblah is a visionary who will constantly transform the hearts and minds of all who bare witness to his commitment, resilience, artistry and grace.

Mi-kaisha Masella, Australia

Mi-kaisha Masella, Australia

R&B soul artist, Mi-kaisha, grew up on the streets of Sydney’s music scene. The soundtrack of her childhood included soulful tunes from the 90s and island tunes from her father’s Koori Radio Hip-Hop show ‘Island Hopping’. She is a ‘city girl through and through’ and her artistry represents hard-hitting, often political messages about being a young Aboriginal & Tongan woman in Australia. Her contagious R&B Soul, pop melodies and layers of harmonies points towards the vibrant palette of sonics in her back pocket and her intuition to create with versatility.

She explains, “My existence is super political, but my music totally doesn’t seem so at first glance. And I think there’s power in that, in the sense that people will just be listening to my music and be like, cool. It’s a vibe. And then I’ll be like, yeah, cool. That’s Indigenous music you’re listening to.”  As an artist, entrepreneur, and storyteller, she is also an advocate with a “responsibility in every space I’m in to make sure I’m actively supporting my communities, and working against the systems that have perpetually oppressed First Nations Peoples and Pacifika Peoples in Australia, and now in New York as well.” So much of Mi-kaisha’s performance experience growing up was within the Aboriginal community, gigging and performing at community events. She is the woman she is today, because of the strong women in her community who have raised her to be unapologetic in everything she is and does.

With a chameleon voice that’s as massively powerful as it is shiveringly delicate, a deep-rooted purpose and message to share: it is no question that Mi-kaisha is a generational talent.

Mi-kaisha is currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU and is the first Indigenous Australian student to be accepted into the program. Splitting her time between Warang (Sydney) and Lenapehoking (New York City), the singer/songwriter/musician just released her first single, Brand New, and has music in the works to be released in early 2022.

April Phillips, Australia

April Phillips, Australia

April Phillips is a Wiradjuri-Scottish woman of the Galari peoples. Her arts practice is cemented in digital arts; illustration, VR + AR research and in her role as a peer mentor for the next generation of artists. April leans into character design as a narrative tool to explore empathy, fun and form. Her use of vivid colour and unlikely digital processes celebrates the potential of computer art for a new world.

Victoria Chiu, Australia

Victoria Chiu, Australia

VICTORIA CHIU trained at the VCA, Melbourne, Australia. Chiu’s practice investigates physicalising concepts in relation to histories of self, peoples and place and she works at intersections of dance, screen and technology. Chiu’s work is culturally significant and will continue giving voice to diverse bodies as they contribute to today’s global movement landscape. Chiu has collaborated, performed and toured extensively with European, Australian, Singaporean, Chinese and New Zealand companies and artists including Cie Gilles Jobin, Micha Purucker, Cie Nomades, Jozsef Trefeli, Roland Cox, RDYSTDY, Rudi Van Der Merwe, Kristina Chan, Candy Bowers, Linda Sastradipradja, Fiona Malone, Amelia McQueen, Gabrielle Nankivell, Bernadette Walong, Australian Dance Theatre for Superstars of Dance, Liu Ya Nan, Arts Fission, Yinan Liu, Mindy Meng Wang, Nebahat Erpolat, Ma Haiping and Cate Consandine. Collectively her choreographic work including The Ballad of Herbie Cox, Floored, Do You Speak Chinese?, Fire Monkey, Grotto, Viral, What Happened In Shanghai, Genetrix and Soursweet have been presented in Europe, North America, China and Australia.

Roshelle Fong, Australia

Roshelle Fong, Australia

Roshelle Fong is a Hong Kong Australian multidisciplinary artist who wrote, directed and produced the Melbourne Fringe award-winning immersive show ‘nomnomnom’ (2018) which she adapted in East Iceland, Shanghai and Sydney as part of Kings Cross Hotel’s Vivid programming. In 2020 Roshelle wrote and performed in the live-streamed interactive show ‘Thirsty!’ for Griffin Theatre’s ‘Griffin Lock-in’ and Google Creative Lab’s ‘Theatre, made for the internet’. She was also in Democracy in Colour’s Create Change Fellowship, co-created an online anti-racism card game for schools ‘Zoophobia’ and was a lead artist on Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) and Virtual School Victoria’s ‘In and Out of Worlds’ online theatre program with Yr8 Drama students. In 2021 the interactive theatre show ‘Poona’ which Roshelle co-created with Keziah Warner premiered at the Chinese Museum as part of Next Wave Festival, and she joined MTC’s First Stage writers’ program. She was also an artist-in-residence for Regional Arts Victoria’s Creative Workers in Schools program and wrote and performed in ‘Ruthless World’ which won the Melbourne Fringe Headroom Award supported by RISING. In 2022 Roshelle will commence a Master of Theatre (Writing) at Victorian College of the Arts and join the creative team of MTC’s ‘Laurinda’ as Assistant Director, working with an AV focus.

Emele Ugavule. Australia

Emele Ugavule. Australia

Emele Ugavule is a Tokelauan Fijian storyteller. Her research and practice area of interest is Oceanic Indigenous-led storytelling, working across live performance, screen & digital media as a writer, director, orator, creative producer, performer, educator and mentor. Her work explores creative processes and outcomes grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing, and nurturing the vā where embodiment, cultural expression, digitisation and neuroscience intersect.

A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, she has worked with various artists and organisations across Australia and the Pacific including Warner Music, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Sydney Opera House, Netflix ANZ & Mad Ones Films, Playwriting Australia, La Boite Theatre Co, Belvoir St, Sydney Theatre Co, Arts Centre Melbourne, Art Gallery of NSW, Soul Alphabet, Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture & Pacific Studies.

In her commitment to community-led creativity, Emele has produced storytelling projects forPerth Institute of Contemporary Art, Community Arts Network x Lotterywest, Black Birds, Half the Sky and Q Theatre (Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre). She is an active member of the Tokelauan and Fijian communities across Whadjuk, Bindjareb and Wardandi Nyoongar Country.

Alongside her collective focused practice, Emele has also worked with musicians such as Ngaiire, Thelma Plum and Solange Knowles.

Emele is a sessional lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Lead Editor of Talanoa and the founder and director of Studio Kiin.

Michel Mulipola, New Zealand

Michel Mulipola, New Zealand

Michel Mulipola is a Sāmoan professional comic book artist, professional wrestler and professional gamer. He has illustrated work for WWE, Marvel, 2KANZ, Comedy Central, NZ School Journals and more. Not content with excelling with his art, Michel is also a former Impact Pro Wrestling NZ Heavyweight Champion, a well known Tekken personality in the Oceania region and newly appointed Logitech NZ Ambassador.

Comics, wrestling and video games – all the things Michel enjoyed as a kid, he now makes money from as an adult.

Sione Faletau, New Zealand

Sione Faletau, New Zealand

Sione Faletau is a multidisciplinary artist born in Auckland with Tongan heritage. He has links to the villages of Taunga, Vava’u and Lakepa, Tongatapu.  Utilizing art as a vehicle to explore his Tongan heritage has led him to undertake Doctoral research at University of Auckland Elam School of Fine Arts. His research was based on Tongan masculinity from an Indigenous perspective. As of late, his interest has been in creating digital kupesi (patterns) through manipulation of the extracted audio wave spectrum from songs, audio recordings and field recordings of environments. This digital data gives him a range of frequencies of high, medium, and low. This ultimately becomes his material that can be manipulated and created into kupesi. This innovative way of creating has opened a new language and a different way of seeing and engaging with kupesi in the contemporary realm.

Link to Sione Faletau art channel on YouTube:

Sione Faletau Artist

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George Turner, New Zealand

George Turner, New Zealand

Extended throughout a multitude of practices, Turner’s work has consistently traversed a settler–colonialism narrative with the desire of unpacking aspects of the trauma still rooted in Aotearoa and to openly look at the scale of mass extinction now occurring. From large scale projections, Virtual Reality, and across all of the digital disciplines, their work presents a digital analysis of the contemporary world.

Rosanna Raymond, New Zealand

Rosanna Raymond, New Zealand

Sistar S’pacific aka Rosanna Raymond, an innovator of the contemporary Pasifika art scene as a long-standing member of the art collective the Pacific Sisters, and founding member of the SaVAge K’lub. Raymond has achieved international renown for her performances, installations, body adornment, and spoken word. A published writer and poet, her works are held by museums and private collectors throughout the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  A former Chesterdale Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Raymond was the Pacific Artist in Residence at Government House in 2017 and is currently the Creative Director for the Pacific Sisters new project Te Pū a Te Wheke for the Honolulu Triennale 2022.

Jamie Berry, New Zealand

Jamie Berry, New Zealand

Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou, Ngā Puhi Jamie Berry is a Multidisciplinary Artist who creates multimedia work that explore Aotearoa histories while reflecting on identity and whakapapa.

Originally from Tūranganui-a-kiwa and resides in Pōneke. Jamie’s practice is based on her whakapapa, past, present and future focused. Reimagining these stories through digital content, DNA soundscape and moving images. Jamie is currently working on a collaboration project with Uku Artist Stevei Houkāmau, an installation work for Pōneke Fringe festival 2022, a work for Circuit, and an installation work for Māori Moving Image 2022.

Her work ‘Whakapapa/Algorithms’ has been selected to show at the Beijing International Art Biennale and will premiere at the Oberhausen Film festival 2022.

Katrina Iosia, New Zealand

Katrina Iosia, New Zealand

Katrina Iosia is a Multidisciplinary artist, of Niuean descent, born and raised in Waitakere, Auckland New Zealand. She has a Bachelor Visual Arts and Design (Unitec), Post graduate diploma in Secondary Education (UoA) and Post Graduate in Design (AUT).

As a practitioner she began her creative journey as a contemporary sculptor and has continued to weave materiality, throughout her creative process, currently pushing the boundaries of storytelling through materialism using technological mediums of augmented reality (AR) and virtual realities (VR). Her work uniquely interweaves the knowledge of her past, present and future works, inspired by coral ecology and the landscapes of Niue island. She has evolved and integrated her physical works, developing expertise in 3D modeling, sculpting and animation, developing her own AR designs creating dialogues for shared and immersive experiences. As an AR designer and developer, she has become New Zealand’s first and only Verified Lens Creator, Creator Network member with Snapchat and recently an AR designer for Spectacles (AR powered glasses) in addition releasing her first project in a paid partnership. Iosia’s AR design ‘The Shapeshifter’ was nominated for an award for Lens fest 2021, a global virtual event exploring the current lenscape for augmented reality that celebrates the Lens Creator community.

Her work has continued to be exhibited in New Zealand and internationally, she has an amazing line up for 2022, which includes a collaboration with the Vancouver Mural Festival 2022, combining her love for both sculpture and AR. She is passionately pioneering storytelling using creative technology, she reimagines vibrant and playful animated works into our everyday environments, combining the real world and digital.