The Frank Van Straten Research Fellowship, Arts Centre Melbourne

Deadline: Friday 11th March

Frank Van Straten AM played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Australian Performing Arts Collection. As the first archivist at what was then the Performing Arts Museum, and its founding director, he has done more than any other individual to seed this rich collection and secure its longevity. Today the Australian Performing Arts Collection is the nation’s leading collection of performing arts materials, documenting Australia’s circus, dance, music, opera and theatre heritage. It consists of 737,000+ items including costumes, designs, programs, photographs, posters, props, personal memorabilia and archival material.

The key objective of the Frank Van Straten Fellowship program is to tell stories from the Australian Performing Arts Collection through high quality research and/or creative works that will resonate with diverse audiences. The Fellow will be given the time, space and support to undertake research aligned to Australian Performing Arts Collection’s key subject areas: circus, dance, music, opera and theatre (which includes comedy, vaudeville and magic). The program also creates opportunities for the wider community to access the Australian Performing Arts Collection through the outcomes of Fellowship projects.

Generously supported by Frank Van Straten AM and the Adrian Turley Foundation.

Apply now for the 2022 Frank Van Straten Research Fellowship.

Applications close on 11 March 2022, fellowship commences from July 2022.

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