The Fellowship offers support for creative practioners and artists to develop new work creatively using or inspired by our collections.


Dr Carolyn Young

Re-imagining Australian Mammals: Past and Present

The Friends of the National Library Creative Arts Fellowship has been awarded to artist Dr Carolyn Young who uses photography ‘to re-think, re-imagine the human place in nature’.  Carolyn will research sources including John Gould’s Mammals of Australia to make new art focusing on endangered species in grassy woodlands.  Carolyn has a PhD in photography, an Honours degree in Natural Resources and previously worked as an environmental scientist.  She won the Pat Corrigan Acquisitive Award, Centre for Contemporary Photography 2016. Her photography is also held in the collections of Parliament House, the ANU, and the Murray Darling Basin Authority.



Timothy Daly

FRAGRANCE: A theatre script-in-development, a psychological thriller on the sexual and cultural politics of the art world.

The Friends of the National Library Creative Arts Fellowship has been awarded to playwright Timothy Daly. Timothy Daly is one of Australia’s most internationally-produced playwrights, with a string of national and international productions to his credit and featuring leading companies and actors, including Geoffrey Rush in The Don’s Last Innings, Cate Blanchett in Kafka Dances, and Jacki Weaver in Derrida in LoveKafka Dances has won over a dozen national and international awards since its première and is the most internationally-performed Australian play of all time. At the Library Timothy will develop a new play drawn from the personal papers of creative artists, art dealers and entrepreneurs.

Timohty Daly wearing taupe jacket in conference room

Timothy Daly just before the first reading of his play


Micharne Cloughley

Research and development of a verbatim theatre play using oral historian Hazel de Berg’s interviews with Australian feminist women

Micharne Cloughley sitting with her legs crosed at her desk in the Fellows room on one ofthe heritage chairs. All around her are scraps of paper which are the first cut of her play, pulled from thetranscripts from the Hazel de Burg collection

Micharne Cloughley in the Fellows Room at the National Library


Chris Williams

Discovering ‘The Desolate Kingdom’: exploring the imaginary cultural space of Nigel Butterley’s ‘lost opera’

Chris Williams with Nigel Butterly and obin Williams, and Nigel's friend, on the occassion of Butterley's 'lost' work being performed for the first time.

Chris Williams, Nigel Butterley (seated) and Robyn Holmes at the National Library