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Georges Mora Fellowship

The $10,000 Georges Mora Fellowship gives one contemporary artist the opportunity to study, experiment and explore fresh thinking in their art.

The recipient is awarded $10,000 for up to 12 months’ research and given the means and uninterrupted time to work closely with the rich resources of the State Library, including access to a private study desk space in a shared office for 12 months (January – December 2023).

The successful applicant will also receive help applying for a self-identified local or international residency, as well as access to organisations and individuals with specialist knowledge to support them to research, experiment and create.

The Georges Mora Fellowship is awarded with funds generously donated by arts supporters and with the support of State Library Victoria, Alliance Française de Melbourne and other partners.

Read our frequently asked questions and guidelines for more information.

About Georges Mora

The Georges Mora Fellowship is named after entrepreneur, restaurateur and art dealer Georges Mora. Georges was born in Germany in 1913. After World War II, he briefly settled in New York before immigrating to Melbourne, where he purchased and ran the landmark Balzac restaurant in East Melbourne and St Kilda’s Tolarno Hotel. The hotel included a gallery, which was moved to South Yarra in 1979.

In his lifetime, Georges Mora was an avid supporter of the arts and Australian artists, including Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, Joy Hester, Sidney Nolan, John Olsen, John Perceval and Albert Tucker. Georges’ commitment to developing innovative and varied artists saw him produce outstanding exhibition programs featuring local and international artists. He died in 1992.