Carclew's career development Fellowship program allows for an artist or arts worker aged 26 years or under, to pitch a bespoke professional development proposal.
Applicants practicing in all creative mediums (as well as the technical, administration and production areas) can request financial support up to $10,000.
You could choose to study at an international summer school, participate in masterclasses, residencies, internships or mentorships, or immerse yourself in a different and challenging environment to be exposed to innovation and cutting edge ideas.
Applicants may use a small portion of their proposed budget towards a project, provided it clearly supports their professional development.
Carclew Fellowships offer financial support to emerging cultural and creative artists for:
Areas of practice for the purpose of the Fellowship can include (but are not limited to):
Up to $10,000 depending on the scope of the proposal.
What the Fellowship does support (but not limited to):
What the Fellowship does not support:
Carclew is committed to driving reconciliation through employment and training opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. A minimum of one Fellowship will be awarded to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicant. Please read Carclew’s Reconciliation Action Plan here.
Applicants must ensure that their professional development proposal is achievable and realistic in the current COVID-19 pandemic environment. This includes social distancing, hygiene measures, and especially in relation to travel restrictions. If evidence of confirmation for travel bookings cannot be provided by the application closing date, the applicants proposal should include an alternative plan. For the latest up to date government COVID-19 information click here.
Applications will be assessed by an independent Artistic Peer Advisory Committee (APAC). APAC will make their assessment based on the application being able to demonstrate the following:
All applications for Fellowships must be submitted online using this form.
Within the online form, you have the option of submitting most of your application in written, video or audio format.
Valuable assistance in developing your application is available by:
Money Talks | Carclew Grants Information Sessions offers handy tips and tricks when applying for grants through Carclew. This information session will cover everything you need to know step by step, including how to define your project, meeting the criteria, which support materials to include, how to calculate costs and organise your budget.
Write on the Money | Presented by Helpmann Academy and Carclew
WHEN: Tuesday 11 August, 5:30 - 7:00pm
WHERE: Online webinar over Zoom
Write on the Money is a free webinar for creatives applying for grants with either Carclew, Helpmann Academy or both. This will be a practical, informative session to help you secure the support you need to get your project off the ground. Learn how to summarise your project, respond to criteria, conquer your budget, and make a selection panel sit up in their chair and take notice
All applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposal prior to submitting a grant application. You can make a consult booking with a Carclew staff member below.
NB: No consults will be available in the final week before the application deadline.
Disability services & support organisation. Do you need help with the application process? Access2Arts has specialised grants knowledge and can provide individualised advice for you and your application. Martin provides Deaf and disabled artists with the guidance and support to navigate grant applications. Call 8463 1689 or email email@example.com to book in a time with him.
Contact Carclew Executive Assistant Hana Fittes firstname.lastname@example.org or (08) 8230 1102.
Carclew’s donations campaign supports early career artists through our Project grants and Fellowships program. Find out more about our donations campaign here.
For further information, contact Lucy Markey, Senior Manager, Marketing & Development at email@example.com.
Our sincerest thanks go to our current donors and Giving Circle members.
Below you can watch clips of Carclew alumni Madeleine Parry, Nelson Hedditch and Dan Daw talking about how Carclew funding helped kickstart their careers.
Henry Wolff | funded $11,316
Henry will undertake a Melbourne-based mentorship with leading Australian contemporary visual artists, Hoda Afshar and Eugenia Lim, to develop and refine a socially responsive practice that engages with concerns across gender, identity, self, queerness and marginality.
Poppy Mee | funded $12,000
Poppy will attend The Year of the Monkey: Acting and Theatre-Making Professional Development Course by The Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company in London.
Gianluca Itropico Noble | funded $10,608
Gianluca will attend an International Summer School in movement-oriented devised performance at the Arthaus Berlin, and two intensives at New International Performing Arts Institute in Berlin.
Jamila Main | funded $9,254
Jamila will undertake an internship and mentorship investigating queer theatre making with Stephen Nicolazzo and Little Ones Theatre, a playwriting and performing workshop with Double Water Sign in Melbourne, and movement workshops with Erin Fowler in Adelaide.
Caitlin Bowe | funded $8,256
Caitlin will undertake self-directed research and skill development in Ireland, Scotland and England focusing on the myth and folklore of her ancestry.
Gemma Rose Brook | funded $8,224
Gemma will undertake a mentorship with master plein air painter Tom Carment, a masterclass at the National Art School in Sydney, and additional research into contemporary landscape painting. Plein air translates to ‘in the open air'.
Cyrus Nuthakki | funded $5,360
Cyrus will study at the Open Music Academy of the Elder Conservatorium (University of Adelaide) to work towards becoming a Hollywood film score composer.
Image: 2019 Carclew Fellowship recipients, L-R: Lilly Buttrose, Priya Pavri, Rachel Bruerville. Photo by Morgan Sette
Priya Pavri | funded $11,828
To undertake a Social Justice and the Arts mentorship with filmmaker, producer and advocate (and previous Carclew alumni) Maddie Parry.
Rachel Bruerville | funded $12,000
For a Composer in Residence role with Young Adelaide Voices: exploring the collaborative compositional process and mentored by Paul Rissmann, Scottish composer, Annie Kwok, Australian composer and educator, and Callie Wood, Australian composer and poet.
Karina Bligh | funded $12,000
To undertake the first year of a Masters of Music (Opera) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow, UK).
Georgia Simmons | funded $9,143
To undertake a Masters of Music in choral conducting at McGill University in Montreal (Canada).
Alexander Hatchard | funded $9,143
To undertake a technical production internship with Patch Theatre Company investigating the process of bringing a development into touring status
Chelsea Farquhar | $7,610
For a professional development program including a mentorship with New York artist Gordon Hall; a 5-week residency at Arts Letters & Numbers Albany, NY; and to undertake research in galleries and LGBT archives.
Lilly Buttrose | funded $10,444
To undertake a mentorship with South Australian based jeweller Claire Brooks and attend the Kawashima Textile School in Kyoto, Japan investigating the link between textiles and metal work.
Image: 2019 Carclew Fellowship recipients, L-R: Lilly Buttrose, Priya Pavri, Rachel Bruerville. Photo by Morgan Sette
Nelson Hedditch | funded $12,000
To undertake a six-month intensive residency and internship with record label Red Apples 45 in New York City, as well as a mentorship with Adam Bradley (New York Times bestselling author)
Daniel Thorpe | funded $11,750
For the development of a new staged work, XXX Neon Sign, and mentorship with Amy Beth Kirsten, Composer, Mary Prescott, Performer and the new festival Seed.
Chloe Higgins | funded $10,928
To undertake the first year of a Master of Arts in Classical Music Performance at the Zurich Hochshule der Kunste in Switzerland.
Murtaza Hussaini | funded $11,850
To undertake a mentorship in traditional miniature painting with artist Shah Abdullah Alamee in Pakistan.
Peter Beaglehole | funded $11,991
To write three monologues for the first draft of a new full-length play and mentorship with Mary Anne Butler.
Phoebe Paterson de Heer | funded $11,985
To undertake a mentorship in nonfiction writing and editing with Amy Middleton of Archer magazine, a ten-week online writing course with US-based Creative Nonfiction, attendance at the Emerging Writers’ Festival in Melbourne and a living allowance to enable dedicated time for writing and editing.
Mia van den Bos | funded $10,936
To attend the Goldsmiths ‘Curating the Contemporary’ 2018 Summer School in Rome, a 10-day Curatorial Internship at Frutta Gallery and development of a new curatorial project.
Read the Media Release about the 2018 Fellowship recipients here
Image: 2018 Carclew Fellowship recipients, L-R: Daniel Thorpe, Phoebe Paterson de Heer, Mia van den Bos, Velma Beaglehole (parent of Peter Beaglehole), Amina Hussaini (parent of Murtaza Hussaini), Nelson Hedditch, Chloe Higgins
Carclew Fellowship (Performing Arts, Music) – Angus Mason
Funded $10,400 to travel to New York City to undertake 18 workshops and master classes with three different master jazz drummers. Angus will also travel to Montreal in Canada to perform with jazz trumpeter Lex French.
Carclew Fellowship (Performing Arts, Dance) – Imogen Walters
Funded $12,000 to participate in the Bolshoi Academy Traineeship Educational Program in Moscow, with a speciality in Choreographic Arts.
Carclew Fellowship (Written Word) – Sanja Grozdanic
Funded $11,402 to undertake a course in Creative Writing at Central Saint-Martins School and travel to Bosnia to research and produce a body of work relating to the experience of the Yugoslavian diaspora.
Carclew Fellowship (Performing Arts, Music) – Jesse Budel
Funded $12,000 to undertake a two month tour of the US-Canadian West Coast, cultivating skills in environmental music practices with experts in the field. Jesse will also undertake a two week ‘Composing In The Wilderness’ program in Alaska and spend time at ASU's Acoustic Ecology Lab in Phoenix.
Carclew Fellowship (Performing Arts, Dance) – Christopher Dyke
Funded $12,000 to undertake a residency program in 2017 with mentor Kyle Page and the company dancers at Dancenorth.
Read Arts Minister Jack Snelling's Media Release about the inaugural Fellowship recipients here
Read about previous Scholarship recipients here
How much can I apply for?
You can apply for between $3000 and $12000 depending on the scope of your proposal.
What if I need less than $3000 for my professional development proposal?
When will I know if I’ve been successful in receiving a Carclew Fellowship?
It is expected that applicants will receive notification of outcomes by email in mid-October of the year that they applied.
Can I apply for a Carclew Fellowship if I haven’t undertaken formal arts training?
Yes. There are many examples of successful artists who have never received formal training. It is, however, important that you articulate an established commitment to development as an artist in your application.
Who assesses my application?
Applications are assessed by a panel of experienced, independent arts practitioners and the panel is chaired by a member of the Carclew Board.
What is a support letter?
Support letters are sought by applicants from individuals and/or organisations to endorse their application. Support letters should do one or more of the following:
Please note: Support letters which do not specifically reference the proposal are of limited value to the committee.
The online application refers to general and artistic support material. What is the difference?
General support material refers to any document or attachment in your application that is not specifically artistic in content. General support material may include a CV or professional bio, proof of invitation/participation, links to information about the proposed activity, quotes to support your budget, mentor statements and letters of support.
Artistic support material is, in essence, the artistic evidence that supports your proposal. It should be good quality and clearly demonstrate your artistic practice. Artistic support material may include file links, images, video footage, show-reels, manuscripts etc.
What does good quality support material mean?
Good quality support material means submitting clear audio and/or visuals which support your proposal. It is advisable to invest in professionally produced photography and show reels as these can strengthen your application.
Are there any specific artistic support material requirements?
Artistic support material could contain one or more of the following, depending on your proposal:
I have selected the option to include a video pitch instead of a written proposal. What information should I include in my video pitch?
If you choose to submit a video pitch instead of a written proposal, it must contain the detail of your professional development proposal and benefits. Video pitches must be no more than three minutes in length and clearly articulate what you want to do, how you will do it and why it should happen.
Why should I consult with Carclew before submitting my application?
Consults give applicants the opportunity to discuss and receive feedback on their proposal. Discussing your proposal can highlight any areas that might need additional clarification or information.
Can my referee also write me a letter of support?
It is beneficial to provide a range of endorsements in your application however you can provide a letter of support from a referee. References and letters of support should come from specialist practitioners in the relevant field.
Why is it important to address the assessment criteria?
The assessment panel considers all applications against the assessment criteria. It is essential that your application addresses the assessment criteria in order to be competitive.
What is ‘in-kind’ support?
In-kind support is a contribution in the form of goods or services (not money) eg. a professional photographer who documents your work for an exhibition catalogue without charging you. In-kind contributions are listed in the income and expenditure columns of your budget at the purchase value of the good or service. In-kind contributions are a great way to show other sources of income in your application budget.
Do I need to provide quotes for expenditure lines in the budget?
Provide quotes for any substantial elements to be funded by Carclew in your proposal eg. flight/travel costs, course costs etc.
For smaller items you can reference the source of information in your notes to budget eg. meal allowance based on MEAA awards.
If my Fellowship application is successful, am I able to apply for other Carclew funds?
Fellowship recipients are not eligible to apply for other Carclew grants or loans in the twelve month period that they are utilising the Fellowship funds.
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Carclew is a not-for-profit organisation with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. 100% of Giving Circle donations are tax deductible.
You can learn more about Carclew’s Giving Circle here and if you have any queries at all, or would like further information, please contact Lucy Markey, Senior Manager, Marketing & Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0411 106 257.
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