The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the recipient of the inaugural Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship as photographer and UNSW Art & Design Senior Lecturer, Lynne Roberts-Goodwin.

Australia Council chief executive, Tony Grybowski congratulated Roberts-Goodwin, one of Australia’s leading contemporary visual artists, who will be spending two months in Rome as part of the American Academy in Rome’s (AAR) Affiliated Fellowship Program, thanks to the generous support of the generous Mordant Family.

Central to Roberts-Goodwin's work while in Rome is access to the Photographic Archive of the American Academy in Rome, in particular the Aronson collection (aerial views of Rome), to produce two video works, photographic stills and a publication. Her project engages conceptually and innovatively with aerial archival research and aerial filming of up to 1,500ft above the historic Aventine and Palatine sites (part of the Seven Hills of Rome) to produce works challenging the status of ubiquitous ground/satellite navigational aids. The work will be exhibited and an artist monograph will be produced entitled Tempo Squisito/Exquisite Time.

Simon Mordant AM, on behalf of the Mordant Family, said the response for the Fellowship’s inaugural year was overwhelming and reflected the excellent quality of Australia’s visual artists.

“Lynne is a highly regarded and established landscape visual artist and her chosen project is a perfect fit for a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. Catriona and I are delighted to support her opportunity to further engage with the international artistic community and build upon her networks at the extraordinary American Academy,” Mr Mordant said. 

Roberts-Goodwin said she was “honoured and grateful beyond words to have been awarded the fellowship to the American Academy in Rome – a challenging, exciting, and unique experience that I’m sure will bring to my creative practice and studio project, Tempo Squisito, cultural insights, collaborative stimulation and engagement with an exciting and esteemed international peer group.”

Lynne Roberts-Goodwin has won numerous other prestigious awards, scholarships and residencies such as; The Basil and Muriel Hooper Travelling Art Scholarship and Dyason Bequest Grant, Art Gallery of New South Wales; Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award; and The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award.  Her work is held in  collections nationally and intenationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria and Artbank. Roberts-Goodwin is represented in Australia by Kronenberg Wright Artists Projects, Sydney and in Europe by Nuova Galleria MORONE, Milan, Italy.