The State Library of Victoria has announced the recipients of the 2014-15 Creative Fellowships, a program started eleven years ago to foster the creative use of the State Library’s collections and resources.
This year 11 paid fellowships were awarded with a total value of $147,500. The fellowship projects cover a diverse range of subjects from the history of circus and vaudeville performance in Victoria to the development of a period drama for television about Australia’s first entertainment mogul, James Cassius Williamson.
Two new fellowships were awarded this year – the Centenary of WWI Fellowship and the Children’s Books Fellowship. Each will draw on the State Library’s significant and unique collections in these areas.
CEO and State Librarian Sue Roberts said the creative fellowship program has supported more than 140 artists, historians, composers, academics, playwrights, writers, poets and other creative researchers and awarded more than $1.5 million to support their work.
“The Fellowships program is at the heart of the Library’s commitment to support the work of Victoria’s creative communities. The program encourages innovative ways for people to explore and use our extensive collections, create new content and add to Victoria’s significant cultural offering which 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 Berry Family, and the Georges Mora Foundation. Each partner understands the value of independent creative scholarship and the important role libraries play in it.”
Learn more about the 2014-15 Creative Fellowship recipients and their projects.