06/04/2018 - 10:29

Minderoo Foundation funds editorship

06/04/2018 - 10:29

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As the inaugural winner of the the Minderoo Editorship, Armelle Davies will receive funding for a three-year full-time position at Fremantle Press, providing a valuable opportunity in a niche local industry.

Minderoo Foundation funds editorship
Jane Fraser says the Minderoo Editorship is important for growing new Western Australian talent. Photo: Attila Csaszar

As the inaugural winner of the the Minderoo Editorship, Armelle Davies will receive funding for a three-year full-time position at Fremantle Press, providing a valuable opportunity in a niche local industry.

The program is among the arts and culture partnerships offered by Andrew and Nicola Forrest's Minderoo Foundation, and is designed to foster new Western Australian publishing talent by helping entry-level editors develop industry skills across all genres.

Ms Davies said without the editorship her realistic options would have been to move to the east coast or attempt a freelance career.

“To be given an opportunity to stay here, unlike the many other young people in the arts who simply have no other option but to move away, is invaluable,” she said.

Fremantle Press chief executive Jane Fraser said offering paid internships to young arts workers was a challenge for commercial publishing companies across the state.

Mrs Forrest, who is Minderoo Foundation chief executive, said Minderoo’s arts and culture partnerships were focused around access, vibrancy, and new talent.

“We believe this initiative will not only nurture a new editorial talent, but will also contribute to Fremantle Press’ catalogue of work and its ultimate sustainability,” she said.

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