Our creative fellows are researching a variety of topics, including vaudeville in Victoria, pop-up books and public images of World War I.
The following recipients have been awarded $12,500 for three months' study:
- Sue Broadway: Circus and vaudeville in Victoria: history, artists, audiences, venues, events past and present. Performance work and installation.
This project aims to develop a storyboard for a performance event based on the material and stories in the State Library’s collections, drawing on Sue’s circus experience and background as a descendant of the Broadway vaudeville family.
Sue Broadway is a key figure in Australia’s circus community. She was a founding member of Circus Oz in 1978, and has performed with them as an aerialist and acrobat all over the world.
- Petr Herel: Monsieur Teste’s library. Artist’s book.
Petr will research French poet and philosopher Paul Valéry’s personal book collection, acquired by the Library in 2011. The intention is to create a significant artist’s book in a limited bilingual edition.
Petr Herel is a Czechoslovakian-born artist and printmaker who has been a practising artist for over 50 years, creating limited-edition books since 1965.
- Sharon Huebner: Noongar and Koories: interpreting the silences of a colonial archive. Book manuscript.
Sharon’s manuscript will be informed by the Library’s extensive collection of pictures and manuscripts about cultural sites, stories, language and traditions of Victorian Koori people. The stories in this project will come from Aboriginal families in both Victoria and Western Australia.
Sharon Huebner is a researcher at the Centre for Health and Society, School of Population and Global Health, Melbourne University.
- William Kelly: Fellow travellers: an unfolding story. Artist’s book.
William will research Australian visual artists practising between World War I and today, whose works have been informed by their beliefs about war and peace. The intention is to create an ‘accordion’ artist’s book – literally an unfolding story – that will celebrate and connect the work of these artists.
William Kelly OAM is a leading Victorian artist and former Fulbright Fellow and Dean of the Victorian College of the Arts (1975–82).
- James Saunders: Research and writing for a television period drama series set in Melbourne in the 1880s to 1890s.
James will research and write the pilot, episode outlines and series ‘bible’ for Majesty, a new television period drama series set in Her Majesty’s Theatre in post–gold rush Melbourne. The series will follow the journey of a talented and ambitious actor as he transforms himself into Australia’s first entertainment mogul and one of our most extraordinary personalities – James Cassius Williamson.
James Saunders is a screen and scriptwriter who holds a Bachelor of Dramatic Art from the Victorian College of the Arts, and won a Goethe-Institut Artist Scholarship to Berlin in 2006.
- Malcolm Turner: Researching the historical, social and artistic background to the centenary of Australian animation. Film essays and documentary.
Australia’s very first animated film was created by artist and prolific newspaper cartoonist Harry Julius, and screened in 1915. Malcolm’s research will help commemorate this centenary in 2015 in the form of a film essay.
Malcolm Turner is a former director of the Melbourne International Animation Festival, co-director of the London International Animation Festival, and the animation programmer for the New Zealand Film Festival.