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APPLY NOW | 2017 Creative Arts Fellowships – National Library of Australia
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Applications close: Friday 01 July 2016
The Fellowship is open to individuals practising in any art form (except literature), including music, dance, theatre, visual arts, emerging, hybrid and experimental art forms.
The Fellowship offers a grant to support creative practitioners
and artists to undertake a sustained period of intensive work at
the Library, using the rich and varied collections to develop a new
art-work or body of work or an artistic concept for future
elaboration. The Fellowship is open to established and emerging
What does the Creative Arts Fellowship
The Fellow undertakes a minimum four-week residency at the
Library, funded by the Friends of the National Library. The Fellow
may extend the duration of the residency but will not receive
further funding. The 2017 Creative Arts Fellow should aim to
complete the residency by 30 June 2017, unless otherwise agreed,
but is not expected to complete the artwork within this period. The
Fellow will be expected to give a public presentation on the
progress or completion of their project within the calendar
Who is eligible and what are the criteria for
The Fellowship is designed to assist Australian creative
practioners and artists who practise in a professional forum, such
as exhibition, stage, film, musical composition, performance,
recording or other contexts where their artistic practice is
subject to public and peer critique and recognition.
Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent
residents, though may be working elsewhere.
Applicants must be professional practising artists and can be at
any stage of their career. This does not necessarily mean full-time
engagement as artists, since many artists hold other positions in
order to sustain or inform their creative practice. However,
applicants must be able to provide evidence of sustained
professional artistic work.
Applicants may be working as academics, but are eligible only if
the application is clearly for a creative project.
Applicants may be working on a PhD or Masters project. The
applicant should indicate if and how the Library project extends or
complements aspects of their PhD or Masters project, but the
Fellowship project should not directly form part of any official
Fellowships are only awarded to individual artists, not groups.
Where an applicant is working on a project that is inherently
collaborative, the applicant must be able to define their own
particular project at the Library and will be assessed on the
merits of their own artistic practice.
Previous recipients of any National Library Fellowship are not
eligible to apply.
In the application the applicant must demonstrate:
- a level of professional artistry, evident through a
portfolio of previous work
- an effective concept and a project plan that demonstrates
the artistic goals and the purpose of using Library collection
source materials in developing the artwork or a body of
- capability to work with the National Library’s
collections, including using reference and research
- knowledge of relevant collections or sources to be used
for the project
- capacity to communicate about their artwork to a general
For further details, please
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