‘Body in question’ multimedia dance-theatre show by Igneous, performed by James Cunningham - wings, opening image - Rex Cramphorn Studio, University of Sydney, February 1999. Photography by Suzon Fuks.

2020 Creative Arts Fellowships for artworks and writing

Applications closed 5pm, 19 July 2019 (AEST)

Creative Arts Fellowships offer a $10,000 grant to support writers and artists to spend four weeks in the Library developing an artistic concept, artwork or body of work inspired or informed by the collections

Two Fellowships are available:

Creative Arts Fellowship – using our collections, artists can progress or complete an artwork/body of work. Artists may be working in any medium other than writing. This may include music, dance, visual arts, emerging or experimental artforms. The Creative Arts Fellowship is supported by the Friends of the Library.

Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing – using our collections, writers working in any literary genre can progress or complete a new creative work. This may include writing for performance, poetry, fiction, or graphic novels. The Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing is supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust.

Creative Arts Fellowship benefits

The Fellowship offers:

  • a four-week residency, which may be extended but without further funding
  • $10,000 for use as a stipend, travel and accommodation support, and project expenses
  • special access to collections and staff expertise
  • access to office facilities and a workstation
  • copies of collection materials (within limits and access conditions)

Fellows will join the Library’s community of staff, researchers and Friends.

Note: The grant will only be paid to the individual. It is recommended Fellows seek financial advice as the grant may have tax implications.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, you must be:

  • An individual creative practitioner or artist practising in a professional forum, that is, your artistic work is available and subject to public and peer review.
  • An Australian Citizen or permanent resident.

Only one application per person is allowed. That is, you cannot apply for both a Creative Arts Fellowship and a Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing.

You cannot apply if you have received a National Library Fellowship within the last five years.

What projects are ineligible?

You cannot apply for projects that:

  • contribute to your academic employment. Projects must be part of your independent creative practice.
  • form part of any official educational assessment including a PhD or Masters project.
  • support non-fiction research or literary criticism about Australian writing. These projects are supported through the NLA Fellowship for Research in Australian Literature

What are Creative Arts Fellowships?

The Creative Arts Fellowship and Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing are for works inspired by the Library’s unique, rare or comprehensive collections. Works can be at any stage of development but must require direct access to the collections to progress or be completed. The final work, which does not have to be finished within the residency period, should showcase the collections in unique or interesting ways, and acknowledge their contribution through commentary or in the artwork.

The collections can be used to:

  • reimagine or repurpose existing materials
  • research original sources that underpin or inspire new work
  • arrange, adapt or transform collection content for another purpose
  • develop an innovative artistic concept or practice

IMPORTANT: You must demonstrate knowledge of and identify specific collections that are relevant to your project. For example, it is not enough to seek to access ‘dance collections’. You must identify the relevant manuscripts, objects, ephemera, etc. within the Library’s dance or other collections. This can be done using the Library catalogue. The Library’s Ask a Librarian service may provide some initial guidance.

Selection criteria

Applications are assessed against the level of:

  • artistic concept and its relationship with the collection materials
  • professional artistic practice
  • knowledge of, and need to access, the National Library’s unique, rare or comprehensive collections
  • ability to use reference and research resources
  • planning, including a realistic timeline
  • capacity to communicate their artwork to a general audience

Assessment process

National Library staff read and shortlist applications against the eligibility and the selection criterion of ‘knowledge of, and need to access, the National Library’s unique, rare or comprehensive collections’.

An independent committee assesses shortlisted applications. Committee members can call into consideration applications that are not shortlisted. The Committee comprises representatives from the Library Council, arts organisations and institutions, and the Director-General of the National Library.

Decisions will be announced in October 2019. Successful applicants receive a Letter of Offer and have their names published on the National Library’s website. Unsuccessful applicants are notified by email and can seek feedback by contacting fellowships@nla.gov.au

Completing the application

Applicants must be submitted online by 5pm, 19 July 2019 (AEST). Late or hardcopy applications or support material will not be accepted. Allow for technical issues and time differences.

Mandatory fields, and word and file size limits apply. Previewing the application form will show you where limits apply. While completing the application, save as you go. Once submitted, no changes can be made.

To complete the application, you will need:

  • start and end dates. These dates are indicative and final dates will be negotiated with Fellows. The start date must be after 17 February 2020.
  • a short biographical statement
  • a project title and synopsis
  • a project description including artistic rationale, context, and expected short and long term outcomes. You should consider how the project will add value to your own and your field of creative practice.
  • information on any contract or agreement for a public presentation of the work
  • information on any other funding support, such as grants or commissions
  • to have identified the collection material you will be accessing and its relevancy to your project
  • a timeline and research plan
  • a two page artistic CV
  • artistic support material that is recent, of high quality and relevant to your project
  • contact details of two referees. Provide referees with a copy of your application. Referees of shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the Library.

 Artistic support material

Only provide support material relevant to your project. If the project is in an early development or conceptual stage, examples of previous work that shows your ability to achieve your outcomes can be used.

The application form limits individual file attachments to 25MB. Label attachments clearly, for example, ‘CV’ not ‘Document 1’.

Upload audio and/or video files to a file streaming site such as Vimeo or YouTube. Do not use Dropbox.

If you have a website or material online, provide the link to the material you want viewed. The relevant page/s must remain static until the assessment process is complete.

Maximum support material limits

  • Images: maximum ten images, as a single PowerPoint or PDF.
  • Text and print material: maximum ten pages, as a Word document or PDF. This material may include excerpts from a published work or script, a synopsis, critical reviews, etc.
  • Audio files: maximum two tracks up to four minutes in total, in mp3 format.
  • Video file: maximum two files up to four minutes in total, as URL web links.

Support material must be accessible to the assessors. We recommend you prepare and attach it in advance of the closing date.

What is expected of a Creative Arts Fellow?

Successful applicants will receive and must sign and return a Letter of Offer from the National Library. Fellows are required to:

  • give a live-streamed public presentation highlighting the use of the collections and progress of work at the end of the residency
  • acknowledge the support of sponsors in forums, performances, recordings, publications or artworks resulting from the Fellowship
  • deposit in the Library the results of the residency. This can be a published or unpublished work, reproduction or documentation of the artwork, with open access conditions for future research use
  • assist the Library to promote the Fellowship through media and public communications
  • provide a report within one month of the agreed end date of the Fellowship outlining their experience, which will be used by the Library to review, report on, and promote the Fellowships.

Copyright

Fellows retain copyright of their artistic work but must clear copyright of collection materials used if applicable and acknowledge and cite source materials appropriately.

If planning to re-purpose collection items within a new artwork, such as in-copyright materials, you must show evidence of the copyright owner’s consent, or that it is covered by a copyright exemption supported by advice from a recognised organisation (such as the National Association for the Visual Arts or the Arts Law Centre).

Contact

Email: fellowships@nla.gov.au