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The State Collection will be transformed by Victorian writers, scholars and creatives undertaking a range of exciting projects through the 2023 Fellowships program.

Among these is a performance lecture shining a light on the ethics of magical practice; a docu-series on the stories of local survivors of Malaya in WW2; photographic works based on Indigenous and non-Indigenous flora; a study of gender and power in Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso; a series of multimedia stories about the people of regional town Moe; and a look into how human contact has changed the six iconic peaks in southern Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

Working out of offices in the Library’s magnificent dome annulus, the 2023 fellows will reimagine our collections through photography, musical performance, video animation, sculpture and more – enriching Victorians’ understanding of who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going.

Read more about the Library’s 2023 fellows below.

The Kerri Hall Fellowship for Performing Arts

Generously endowed by the estate of Dr Christopher Baker, this annual fellowship gives creatives, artists and writers from the Loddon Mallee region the opportunity to undertake projects exploring theatre and the performing arts in Victoria.

Watch this video to learn more, or read about the fellowship.

Meet the fellows

Amor Residency at Baldessin Studio
An exploration of printmaking using research material from the State Collection.
Tate Adams Memorial Residency at Baldessin Studio
An experimentation with works on paper, in particular printmaking, using research material from the State Library.
Berry Family Fellowship
A study of an aspect of the social history of Melbourne or Victoria, based on the State Collection.
Children’s Literature Fellowship
The research of aspects of children’s book publishing, writing or illustrating for early years, children and young adult fiction.
Creative Fellowships
An exploration of published or original source material from the State Collection to create new work.
Creative Fellowship – Regional
A response to published or original source material from the Library’s collection to create new work.
Georges Mora Fellowship
The study, experimentation and exploration of fresh thinking in art.
The Kerri Hall Fellowship for Performing Arts
The exploration of theatre and the performing arts in Victoria.
Marion Orme Page Regional Fellowships in association with Regional Arts Victoria
A response to published or original source material from the Library’s collection to create new work.
Redmond Barry Fellowship
Research a project in any discipline using both the State Library and University of Melbourne collections.

Current Fellows

Since 2003, the Library’s annual Fellowships Program has nurtured and supported the creative and scholarly ventures of more than 200 authors, musicians, artists and historians.

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2023 Fellows, image by Jarrod Barnes Photography