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The Kerri Hall Fellowship for Performing Arts

Generously endowed by the estate of Dr Christopher Baker, the annual Kerri Hall Fellowship for Performing Arts offers $15,000 to creatives, artists and writers from Victoria’s Loddon Mallee region in the field of performing arts.

Applicants will be given the opportunity to undertake projects exploring theatre and the performing arts in Victoria, drawing on the Library’s collections relating to scriptwriting and production, drama, opera, ballet, musical theatre, vaudeville, puppetry and magic, theatres, concert halls and venues, or festivals and events.

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About Kerri Hall

Kerri Hall, was a librarian at the State Library of Victoria from 2001 until 2017.Highly respected for her extensive knowledge of the Library’s theatre and performing arts collection Kerri raised the profile of this collection and greatly enhanced access to it through extensive cataloguing and digitisation projects. Kerri was born and raised in the Victorian Mallee district and remained deeply connected to this region

About Christopher Baker

Christopher’s career as an executive manager included over 25 years experience in leading people and managing change across not-for-profit, public and private sectors, from manufacturing to employment services. On leaving corporate life in 2003, Christopher continued to provide change management and human resource consulting services while pursuing his interest in civil society.

Christopher Baker joined the research team at the Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy (ACSIP) in January 2010 following the submission of his PhD thesis Wealth transfer and post-mortem charitable giving in Australia.

Christopher died in 2020 from mesothelioma and it was his wish to establish a Fellowship to the memory of his late partner, Kerri Hall.