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Marion Orme Page Regional Creative Fellowships

Do you live in regional Victoria and have an exciting creative project? Take an adventure into the Library’s collection with 2 regional fellowships up for grabs.

Artists, writers, dancers, performers and musicians – now’s your chance to go wild with the Library’s collections or in response to our site! These regional Fellowships offer the chance to create new work in any medium. Write a book, create an artwork, or plan an immersive experience for the Library – it’s up to you.

We’d love to hear from individuals practising in any art form, including:

·         visual or digital arts

·         dance

·         performance

·         music or composition

·         writing

·         research.

The fellowships include:

·         $15,000 funding

·         desk space at the Library for 12 months

·         access to collections and Library staff expertise.

Funding is based on approximately 3 months of work in the Library. This can be either continuous or broken up over the year, and you’ll have access to your office for the full 12 months. Please note that there is no additional funding for travel or accommodation for regional Fellows.

Apply now

About Marion Orme Page

These fellowships are supported by a generous donation from the Marion Orme Page bequest.

Marion Orme McPherson Page (1918–2015) was the only child of Lady Sidney and Sir Clive McPherson. Her father was a prominent pastoralist, businessman and advisor to former Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies. Marion was a successful business woman and generous philanthropist. She completed studies in Law and Commerce at the University of Melbourne during the 1930s and 1940s and became the first articled woman at Mallesons Solicitors in 1941.

She served as an officer with the Women’s Auxiliary Australian Airforce (1944–47). In 1953, she was appointed as private secretary to Lady Violet Brooks, the wife of Sir Dallas Brooks, Governor of Victoria (1949–1963) and Divisional Commander-in-Chief of the Australian Red Cross Victoria (1949–1963). The Marion Page Archive is held in the State Collection, enriching the diversity of stories held by the Library and deepening our understanding of women’s contributions to history.

We acknowledge the support of Regional Arts Victoria.

Previous fellows

Explore our fellows gallery to learn more about the inspiring projects undertaken by past and present fellows.

  • 2022: Dr Fayen Ke-Xiao d'Evie with the project Celestial roots which responded thematically and aesthetically to a handwritten journal from 1866 by Chinese miner Ah Sing Jong, who lived on the Central Victorian goldfields, the original copy of which is in the State Library collection.
  • 2022: Alison Wong with the project A long walk, which saw her travel over 400kms from Robe, South Australia, to the Victorian goldfields, writing a literary memoir/long-form lyric essay reflecting on her own experience, interwoven with the experience of about 14,000 Chinese who, to avoid the Colonial Government of Victoria’s £10 poll tax, walked the route in the 1850s.