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The State Collection will be transformed by sixteen Victorian scholars and creatives undertaking a range of exciting projects through the 2022 Fellowships program.

Among these is a memoir retracing the journey by Chinese-Australian migrants to the goldfields in the 1800s, an audio essay on the history and future of work in Melbourne, an exploration of early contact between Tongans and British missionaries, the continued development of the Woiwurrung language database, and a film about the influence of Irish Gaelic dance in Victoria.

Working out of offices in the Library’s magnificent dome annulus, the 2022 fellows will reimagine our collections through visual arts, performance, writing and scholarship and more – enriching Victorians’ understanding of who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going.

Read more about the Library’s 2022 fellows below.

Announcing the 2022 fellows

We were thrilled to announce the successful applicants of the 2022 State Library Victoria Fellowships Program at a very special onsite event.

The cohort have been chosen not just for their compelling and original project ideas, but also for the range of topics they will delve into.

Watch this video for a snapshot of our announcement and welcome reception.

Meet the fellows

Amor Residency at Baldessin Press & Studio
An exploration of printmaking using research material from the State Collection.
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 Fellowships - 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.
Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Research Fellowships
The identification of important collection items and production of research material to be used by the community.
La Trobe Society Fellowship
A study of Victoria’s colonial history during Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe’s administration.
Marion Orme Page Regional Fellowships in partnership 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.
Russell Beedles Performing Arts Fellowship
The exploration of theatre and the performing arts in Victoria, drawing on the Library’s collections.
Tate Adams Memorial Residency at Baldessin Press & Studio
Development of a limited edition or unique state artist’s book, using research from State Library Victoria and the studio facilities at Baldessin Press & Studio.

Previous 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.

Project outputs have included play scripts, manuscripts, art installations, exhibitions, digital apps and much more, all inspired by the State Collection.

Learn more about the diverse projects undertaken by past fellows, and the innovative ways they’ve expressed their research.


The Fellowships Program is funded by State Library Victoria, philanthropists and partners. Donations help us offer more places to scholars and artists to research the State Collection and create inspired works that can be shared with all Victorians.


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