National Library of Australia calls for 2021 Creative Arts Fellowships

National-Library-of-Australia-BooksThe National Library of Australia’s Creative Arts Fellowships offer practising artists and writers the opportunity to develop an artistic concept or work that is inspired or informed by the Library’s collections.

Two fellowships are available: the Creative Arts Fellowship for artists working in any medium other than writing, including music, dance, visual arts, emerging or experimental artforms; and the Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing.

Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, has encouraged artists and writers to apply now.

“Every year we look forward to seeing what some of the Nation’s best imaginations will put forward for consideration, and how these projects will showcase the Library’s vast collections,” said Dr Ayres. “It’s particularly important that we can offer these fellowships to artists and writers at this unique time in our shared history.”

Receiving $10,000 for travel, accommodation support and project expenses, successful Fellows will undertake a four-week residency at the National Library in Canberra. During this time, they will have special and supported access to collections, and access to office facilities.

Previous successful projects include of a book of prose poetry and drawings informed by the life of Bpangerang custodian of goanna songlines, Charlotte Clark, the planned production of a new body of abstract paintings following an investigation into material from the Sidney Nolan collection and a new work of historical fiction set in the stark landscape of 1917 rural Victoria.

The National Library invites applications from individual creative practitioners who are Australian Citizens or permanent residents and practising in a professional forum. Applicants can be at any stage of their professional career and working in any art form or writing genre.

Applications for the 2021 program are now open and close at 5.00pm (AEST) – Friday 10 July 2020. For more information, including guidelines and application form, visit: for details.

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