Georgia Mill is a queer artist and writer based in Melbourne.
She explores issues around the body, human–animal connection and memory/nostalgia. In 2018 she was long-listed for The Lifted Brow Prize for Experimental Non-fiction and short-listed for the Scribe Non-Fiction Prize. Her writing has been published by The Lifted Brow, Scum Mag, Melbourne City of Literature and Witness Performance.
A period of research into representations of chronic pain, sexuality and the body, to inform the development of a draft manuscript. This includes undertaking a mentorship with established writer Briohny Doyle.
What does being awarded a Creators Fund grant mean to you?
It’s amazing! It means I can dedicate my time and energy towards writing a manuscript. As an artist and writer, you get used to rejection and not being able to fund worthwhile projects, so this is such a privilege.
How important is 'time' to you, as an artist/creative professional?
Really important! Having your time valued as a created professional is so refreshing and essential to developing new work and seeing projects through to completion. Most creative professionals I know have multiple things on the go at once and are forced to choose between what pays the rent and what they really want to create. Time to experiment – to develop your process and follow your curiosity – is vital in making work and building a sustainable career.
What are you most looking forward to over the months ahead?
Reading and learning; researching and being immersed in a project. It’s so rare to have the time and space to do this!
Where would like to see yourself at the end of this process? How do you anticipate your career will develop as a result?
The research I will undertake during this period will go towards the creation of a draft manuscript which I will further develop in the second half of 2020. My hope is that the learnings from my research will be shared through the publication of the manuscript in the future. At the end of this process, I aim to have a long-form piece of writing which is able to be pitched for publication. Creating a manuscript is a really big step in my career.