Creative Arts Fellowships, supported by the Friends of the Library and the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust, offer Australian artists and writers an opportunity to develop new work that is inspired or informed by our collections.


Joel Bray, Creative Arts Fellow

Joel Bray grew up in country NSW, studied dance at NAISDA and WAAPA. Joel danced in Europe for most of his career and now lives and works in Melbourne. Joel is of Wiradjuri, Scottish and English heritage. His choreography springs from his Wiradjuri heritage. Rather than attempting to recreate a supposed Indigenous ‘form’, his methodology is rooted in traditional Wiradjuri ways of making work: durational, site-specific and cross-genre processes. His works are often intimate encounters with small audiences in unorthodox spaces, in which audience-members are ‘invited in’ as co-storytellers and co-performers. Joel’s research of the primary and scholarly sources documenting traditional Indigenous ceremonial practices in the South-east of the continent will inform his new project Burbang, a work of immersive dance-theatre.

Dr Kyra Giorgi, Creative Arts Fellow for Australian Writing


Dr Kyra Giorgi is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, originally from Western Australia. She completed a doctorate in History (Latrobe University), a comparative study of emotion-based concepts of collective identity. Her project, Horizontalism, is a historical novel set in Australia and Portugal in the 1960s and 70s. It follows Felix, born in Sydney to Portuguese parents, through the journey of re-emigrating to Portugal, and his return to Australia as an adult. Kyra will build a sense of the political and social climate at the time in Australia, Timor and Portugal from 1970s newspapers and oral history interviews. 


Narrating the Past; National Legacies Intertwined Fellowship presentation


Dr Carolyn Young, Creative Arts Fellow
Re-imagining Australian Mammals: Past and Present

Dr Carolyn Young 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.

Liam Pieper, Creative Arts Fellow for Australian Writing 


Liam Pieper's debut novel The Toymaker (Penguin Australia) was published to critical acclaim in 2016. Liam’s new work explores the story of Indigenous Australian soldiers who fought for the British Empire in the Boer War, and the shift in their standing from the battlefield to return to an emergent White Australia. His fiction investigates 'intersections between Australian experience and global socio-politics’ and he will draw inspiration for his historical novel Bittereinder by researching the Library’s archival collections, sheet music and official records of war.

Bittereinder: Researching Revisionist Fiction Fellowship Presentation


Timothy Daly, Creative Arts Fellow

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

Timothy Daly is one of Australia’s leading 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 Love. Kafka Dances has won moee than a dozen national and international awards since its première and is the most internationally-performed Australian play of all time. Timothy's Fellowship will focus on developing a new play drawn from the personal papers of creative artists, art dealers and entrepreneurs.

Dr Michelle Aung Thin, Creative Arts Fellow for Australian Writing 

Cosmopolitan Rangoon through the eyes of Gordon Luce. Or, how the politics of authenticity shape the intimate.

Dr Michelle Aung Thin is a lecturer in the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University. Her first novel The Monsoon Bride was published in 2011 by Text Publishing. Her Fellowship will help develop a novel about contemporary Myanmar and colonial Burma, using the Gordon Luce collection.

Love, Loss and the Last Days of Rangoon Fellowship Presentation


Micharne Cloughley, Creative Arts Fellow
Research and develop a verbatim theatre play using oral historian Hazel de Berg’s interviews with Australian feminist women

Micharne is a playwright with credits in Australia and the USA, including the plays, The Way They Live and The End and The Beginning (co-writer), performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.      


Paul Daley, Creative Arts Fellow for Australian Writing 

Research on postcolonial frontier settlement and scientific exploring expeditions for a novel about black and white politics in Australia

Paul Daley is a novelist, essayist, short-story writer, playwright and multi-award-winning journalist whose books have been shortlisted for major literary prizes. 


Chris Williams, Creative Arts Fellow
Discovering ‘The Desolate Kingdom’: exploring the imaginary cultural space of Nigel Butterley’s ‘lost opera’

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