Today we are very pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013-14 Creative Fellowships, a program we started ten years ago to foster the creative use of the State Library’s collections and resources.

This year is a big one. 15 paid and one honorary fellowships with a total value of $242, 500 were awarded – that’s the largest sum ever offered through the program. Included in this number were four Dome Centenary Fellowships awarded this year to commemorate 100 years of the Library’s domed reading room. These fellows will each receive $25,000 to create projects that encourage new visitors to the State Library.

The Redmond Barry Fellowship ($20,000), La Trobe Society Fellowship ($12,500) and Georges Mora Foundation Fellowship ($10,000) are also awarded this year.

Among the 2013-14 creative fellows are authors, biographers, artists, musicians, composers, documentary makers, comic book artists, puppeteers, choral directors, performance poets, and historians – a broad and eclectic group.

CEO and State Librarian Sue Roberts said the fellowships represented a significant investment in creative endeavour in Victoria.

‘In the ten years since it began more than 140 fellows have been supported through the Creative Fellowships program with over $1.5 million provided to fund their research.

This year our fellows range from household names like Kaz Cooke and Mike Brady to people whose work has never been in the public eye – this reflects the diversity of the applications and open nature of the program.

The creative fellows bring our collections to life in new ways. The new work they create – be it books, artwork, music, film or performance – adds to Victoria’s significant cultural offering and enriches us all.

The broad range of fellowships offered this year is only possible through the support of the State Library of Victoria Foundation and fellowships partners, the University of Melbourne, the La Trobe Society and the Georges Mora Foundation. Each organisation understands the value of independent creative scholarship and the important role libraries play in it.’

You can view all the 2013-14 Creative Fellows and their project descriptions here.

Congratulations Creative Fellows. We look forward to seeing you here and sharing your creative journeys with you.

Front steps of the State Library of Victoria

 

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