The National Library is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Creative Arts Fellowships.  

The Creative Arts Fellowships support writers and artists to spend four weeks at the Library researching and developing a new artistic concept, artwork or body of work inspired or informed by the collections.  


2022 Creative Arts Fellowship, supported by the Friends of the National Library of Australia 

Dr Tonya Lemoh 

Interiors: a journey through the musical world of Henry Handel Richardson – this multimedia project will produce a staged presentation of Richardson’s creative journey in music, expressed through her songs, letters and novels. 

2022 Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing, supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust  

Ms Theresa Borg  

Hygeia Hygeia is an historical play based on true untold stories. It is set at the Australian Racial Hygiene Congress of 1929 and investigates the intersections between early white feminism, eugenic thought and white supremacy. 

Thank you  

The Library would like to acknowledge the donors who support the Creative Arts Fellowships program, including the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust and the Friends of the National Library of Australia. We also thank all applicants for the 2022 program, noting a strong field of applications.  


The Creative Arts Fellowships offer $10,000 to support practising writers and artists to develop new work creatively using or inspired by the Library’s collections. The Fellowships offer artists a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the collections, including music, maps, rare books or ephemera, or original sources, such as pictures, manuscripts, oral histories and folklore recordings.  

At the end of their residency, Fellows will present their findings in free public lectures.