Visual artist and 2014 UNSW Alumni Award winner, Del Kathryn Barton has been awarded a 2015 AFTRS Creative Fellowship.

Now in their sixth year, the fellowships provide funding and support for talented individuals or small collaborative groups from a diverse range of creative backgrounds including visual artists, filmmakers, screenwriters and directors.

Two-time winner of the Archibald Prize, Del Kathryn Barton will use her fellowship to create RED, a dual-screen work that will delve into themes of passion, sex and death, drawing on the legends and symbolism of the female red-back spider.

Del Kathryn Barton premiered her first cinematic work, Oscar Wilde's Nightingale and the Rose at this year's Berlin International Film Festival. Ths short film was co-directed with Brendan Fletcher and featured the voice work of actors including Mia Wasikowska, David Wenham and Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush.

Previous recipients of the AFTRS Creative Fellowship include Angelica Mesiti (UNSW Art & Design Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts Candidate), Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Melissa Anastasi, Damian Power, Carl Firth, Christopher Frey, and Lynette Wallworth.

Mesiti’s Citizens Band has been exhibited widely internationally and in Australia and won the Anne Landa Award for video and new media arts.