Winners of James Sykes Battye Creative Fellowship announced

Thursday 12 July 2018

The State Library of Western Australia is pleased to announce that Steven James Finch and Gabby Loo have been awarded the James Sykes Battye Creative Fellowship for 2018.

The JS Battye Creative Fellowship, valued at $10,000, is awarded to Steven James Finch and Gabby Loo for their interactive community project, Oracle Bone: Speculative Migrant Ethnobiographies. Their project will creatively explore personal stories of migrant lineage in Western Australia, particularly of Asian migrants.

Mr Finch and Ms Loo will use the JS Battye heritage collections at the State Library to explore aspects of the history of migration in Western Australia from 1894 to the present. This initial research will be followed by a series of workshops with specific migrant community organisations to facilitate collaborative creative responses to the heritage materials through creation of artworks and storytelling. 

The results of this process will be interpreted by the artists through collaborative artworks; illustrations from Gabby Loo, literature from Steven Finch, and community performances facilitated by both artists will be delivered.

To be completed by mid-2019, the project seeks to promote a more equitable, complete, and emotionally complex understanding of shared local histories around twentieth century migration in Western Australia.

James Sykes Battye was the State’s Chief Librarian from 1894-1954. The JS Battye Creative Fellowship 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.


Last updated on: 12 July 2018