The National Library of Australia’s Creative Arts Fellowships has opened applications for its 2021 Creative Arts Fellowship for artists across Australia, from May 18.

Offering two separate fellowships, the Creative Arts Fellowship is for artists working in any medium other than writing, including music, dance, visual arts, emerging or experimental artforms, as well as the Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing. The offer extends to practising artists and writers providing the opportunity to develop an artistic concept or work that is inspired or informed by the Library’s collections.

Successful Fellows will be granted $10,000 for travel, accommodation support and project expenses to undertake a four-week residency at the National Library in Canberra. During this time, they will have special and supported access to collections, and access to office facilities.

“The Library’s collections hold millions of artefacts that can inform and guide an immeasurable number of projects. Every year we look forward to seeing what some of the Nation’s best imaginations will put forward for consideration, and how these projects will showcase the Library’s vast collections,” explained Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Dr Marie-Louise Ayres. “It’s particularly important that we can offer these fellowships to artists and writers at this unique time in our shared history.”

The National Library is inviting applications from individual creative practitioners who are Australian Citizens or permanent residents and practising in a professional forum. Practitioners at any state of their professional career are invited to apply; the opportunity also extends to applicants working in any artform or writing genre.

Applications for the 2021 program close at 5pm (AEST), Friday 10 July 2020. More information and the online application form are available on the National Library of Australia’s website. 

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