This year $150,000 will be distributed between 11 fellows who will use the Library’s rich collections to produce creative or scholarly works in a range of mediums. A further $30,000 will provide four Victorian-based playwrights with the time and space to develop their scripts.
The Library’s fellowship program was established in 2003 to encourage original scholarship and creative endeavour using the Library’s extraordinary collections. Since then, the program has distributed $1.39 million in funding to over 80 Australian writers, academics, artists, composers and researchers.
The RE Ross Trust Awards were also established in 2003 and have provided support to 32 Victorian playwrights. Since 2006, award winner’s works have been performed in a series of rehearsed readings called Flashpoint – new Australian writing for theatre.