Winners of Battye Memorial Fellowship and the first Battye Creative Fellowship announced

Thursday 07 April 2016

The State Library of Western Australia is pleased to announce that Dr Anne Scrimgeour is the recipient of the JS Battye Memorial Fellowship for 2016, and that artists Nicola Kaye and Stephen Terry have been awarded the inaugural JS Battye Creative Fellowship.

The JS Battye Memorial Fellowship, valued at $10,000, is awarded to Dr Anne Scrimgeour for her project Striking for Rights, Writing the Strike: the Pilbara Aboriginal and Cooperative Movement 1945-1960. Dr Scrimgeour’s research will shed light on a story of national and international significance, but one which has been often over-looked in scholarship to date. The 1946 Pilbara Strike, when Aboriginal people left their employment (principally on pastoral stations) and formed a cooperative that engaged in mining and other economic activities, is a story of great significance.

Nicola Kaye and Stephen Terry are the recipients of the first JS Battye Creative Fellowship which, with the support of the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, is valued at $10,000. Kaye and Terry proposed a project about Riots, Picnics and Parades, and they aim to produce an immersive interactive digital artwork using the State Library’s collections. Kaye and Terry are established artists with an international profile, whose work has been showcased across a range of cultural institutions locally, nationally and internationally.

The Battye Fellowships provide a supportive environment enabling the researchers and artists to delve into the rich range of material within the heritage collections with support from specialist staff, and space to work within the JS Battye Library of West Australian History.

James Sykes Battye was the State’s Chief Librarian from 1894-1954. The Battye Fellowships highlight the State Library as the premier centre for research materials on all aspects of Western Australia. The research carried out through the Fellowships demonstrates the significance of the collections held here, which can be accessed and used to interpret our culture and society, both now and in the future.

The JS Battye Memorial Fellowship was established through the Leah Jane Cohen Library Bequest to enhance understanding of Western Australia through research based on the State Library’s heritage collections.

The JS Battye Creative Fellowship is a new award which is supported by funding from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. The aim of the Creative Fellowship is to support imaginative engagement with the State Library’s heritage collections, with the resulting development or creation of a new artwork or body of work.

For more information on previous winners see:

MEDIA CONTACT:   Susan Parker  Tel: 9427 3153  Mob: 0451255074


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