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Carclew’s Fellowships 2024 are now closed.

Carclew Fellowships offer financial support to young emerging cultural and creative artists and arts workers, for:

  • Arts career building
  • Skills development
  • Exploring new art form practice, methods and techniques
  • Research towards creative and/or cultural development
  • Mentoring towards development of cultural and creative arts practices

Fellowship areas of practice can include (but are not limited to):

  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
  • Written word
  • Digital platforms
  • Arts administration & industry pathways
  • Community arts and culture

Key dates

Notification of outcome September 2023.
Fellowship to commence after 1 January 2024 and completed by 31 December 2024.

Acquittal reports must be submitted 6 weeks after the Fellowship is completed.

Funding available

Up to $10,000 per applicant (depending on the scope of the proposal).

Age limit for applicants

  • Up to 26 years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants up to 30 years

Carclew is committed to driving reconciliation through employment and training opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Carclew strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander emerging cultural and creative artists and arts workers to apply for the 2023 Fellowship.

Read Carclews’ First Nations commitment and Reconciliation Action Plan here.

Need to talk to someone regarding your application or want to find out more about how to apply. You can contact the following staff who can help you through the application process:

General Fellowship enquiries: Joel Byrne Funding Program Coordinator jbyrne@carclew.org.au

First Nation peer support: Lilla Berry Manager Arts Programs lberry@carclew.org.au


Whether you have a draft application or would like to talk through an idea, we encourage you to consult with Carclew staff prior to submitting your application. Consultations can help with turning your concept/project ideas into an appealing application as well as provide a range of submission options.

Support Early Career Artists 

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 marketing@carclew.org.au.

Our sincerest thanks go to our current donors.

Kyron Weetra | Multi-Disciplinary Art | $9,650
Mary Angley | Theatre | $9,463.23
Scarlett Scherer | Film | $7,670
Shabana Azeez | Multi-Disciplinary Art | $8,785
Zola Allen | Theatre | $9,947
Aiden Sullivan | Music | $10,000
Danielle Lim | Theatre | $10,000
Keira Simmons | Music, Sound | $9,679.52
Miles Dunne | Multi-Disciplinary Art | $6,500

Jaru West | $10,000
Jaru will complete the first draft of his graphic novel, and develop artwork for skateboards and merchandise.

Samuel Wannan | $3,000
Samuel will connect with others who share his disability and develop work focusing on non-verbal storytelling.

Hieu Tran | $10,000
Hieu is a visual artist and electronic gaming programmer who will undertake a mentorship with former DreamWorks Arts instructor Mo Kim, to develop his technical and creative problem-solving skills, and establish a business as a working artist.

Bailey Donovan | $8,530
Bailey will develop his skills and career as a glass artist through participation in the Jam Factory Glass Associate Program.

Katherine Sortini | $5,615
Katherine is a local theatre-maker, actor, writer and founder of Deus Ex Femina, who will undertake a mentorship with local award-winning playwright and actor Emily Steel.

Manuela Akot | $7,456
Manuela will undergo a spoken word and poetry mentorship with Caroline Reid.

Samuel Matthewman | $7,000
Samuel will build on his sculptural ceramic practice by exploring the addition of a performative acrobatic activation with physical theatre artist, Jascha Boyce.

Paige Glancey | $3,000
Paige will develop a script through a mentorship with Tamara Hardman, participation in Mercury CX’s Springboard Plus program and AFTRS screenwriting course.

Alexandra Grave | $10,000
Alexandra will study a Master of Music (Vocal & Opera Performance) at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK.

Chelsea Griffith | $8,849
Chelsea will develop an abridged script of Uncle Vanya and production concept, with Nescha Jelk and Chris Pitman.

Caspar Hawksley | $3,800
Caspar will explore acoustically complex environments, with mentor Jesse Budel.

Chevon McKenzie | $9,100
Chevon will continue training with Umeewarra Media – South Australia’s only Aboriginal Media centre – on a full-time basis for ten weeks, developing her skills in video production, scriptwriting, and content development for both screen and radio. Chevon is looking to build her skills and knowledge, lead by example for Port Augusta’s younger generation, and produce media for and about her hometown.

Grace Marlow | $9,794
Grace will undertake professional development activities to assist her in establishing an independent curatorial programming practice, including two virtual mentorships, research and development time, and develop three curated events at ACE Open.

Thea Martin | $4,000
Thea Martin will be undertake a mentorship with Emily Gann, director of Connecting the Dots in Music, enabling her to learn from international education and music industry leaders and build her skills in developing and delivering engaging music opportunities for community, centred on active, creative and participatory practice.

Lauren Fuge | $6,240
Lauren Fuge will work on her novel, VOYAGERS: Our journey into the Anthropocene, a narrative non-fiction book that seeks to understand how human exploration has driven us into the Anthropocene (a present day epoch during which the Earth has been significantly altered through human activity).

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.

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.

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

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?

Professional development proposals for amounts less than $3000 can be applied for through Carclew’s Project and Development Grant program or QuickstART Microloan program.

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:

  • clearly articulate the breadth and benefits of the proposed opportunity;
  • validate the institution or activity put forward in the proposal;
  • demonstrate the applicant’s commitment and potential in their specific field.

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:

  • A sample (max 15 pages) of your writing in the genre/s nominated in your intended proposal.
  • Active URL/links to single-track show reels or digital presentations (no more than 5mins duration each). Explanatory notes of up to 250 words may be provided.
  • Active URL/links to musical recordings relevant to the proposal. Explanatory notes of up to 250 words may be provided.
  • Up to 10 high quality visual images (or links to images).
  • Any creative documentation relevant to 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.

Carclew’s Giving Circle donors support early career artists through our Project & Development Grants and Fellowships. Carclew would like to thank the following current Giving Circle donors:

Andrew Boeyen
Jane & Ian Doyle
Lang Foundation
Sam Harvey
Margaret Lehmann
Wendy Michell
Tony Putnam
Craig Yeung
Anonymous x 2

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 Brigid Tipping, Senior Manager, Marketing & Development at btipping@carclew.org.au

Banner image: 2023 funding recipient Mary Angley

Jamila Main - Fellowship Recipient

The Carclew Fellowship enabled me to pursue the skill development I required in a way that allowed me to set my own schedule, goals, and program. The flexibility and specificity this gave me was a gift. I loved every minute of it and have had invaluable experiences because of the Fellowship

Jamila Main