Siganto Foundation Artists' Books Creative Fellowship applications

Time is running out for artists’ books makers to apply for a Creative Fellowship with the Australian Library of Art at State Library of Queensland (SLQ).

Generously funded by the Siganto Foundation through the Queensland Library Foundation, the Creative Fellowship provides the opportunity for an artists’ books maker to create a new work, drawing inspiration from SLQ’s collections.

The Fellowship winner will be awarded a stipend of $9,000, and will receive specialist support from research librarians as well as priority access to SLQ’s collections.

The new work will form part of the nationally significant collection of artists’ books housed in the Australian Library of Art at SLQ.

State Librarian and CEO Ms Vicki McDonald said she valued the continued support from the Siganto Foundation.

“Not only does the Fellowship program offer a professional development opportunity to a talented artists’ books maker, the new work will enhance SLQ’s collections and provide a tangible reflection on Queensland’s memory to be enjoyed and treasured now and into the future,” Ms McDonald said.

“It is incredible to see items from our collections reimagined to take a new life and form through an artists’ book — a creative outlet for expression, reflection and comment.”

Marian Crawford, the winner of the 2015 Creative Fellowship, used her time as a Creative Fellow to revisit and, in a way, remake memories and events from her childhood on the remote central Pacific Ocean island, Banaba, through her project

Banaba/Ocean: picturing the island


“The Siganto Fellowship provided time and funding for me to explore the resources in SLQ’s collections, and my visits to the Neil Roberts Research Room were bibliographic feasts,” Ms Crawford said.

“I found many books and images that gave me new insights into my recollections of my tropical childhood as I researched Pacific Ocean cultures and their histories, the field of island studies, and the many stories of colonialism.”

Ms Crawford said her time as Creative Fellow at SLQ was enriching and positive.

“I felt enormously privileged to be embraced and welcomed by the friendly staff and the lovely building,” Ms Crawford said.

“What a beautiful place it is — and how I love librarians!”

Applications for the 2016-2017 Siganto Foundation Artists’ Books Creative Fellowship are open now to artists’ books makers within Australia, and close at 5pm sharp on Thursday 13 October 2016.

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