J.S. Battye Creative Fellowship


The Creative Fellowship is open to artists and creative practitioners of any discipline across all contemporary art forms, and seeks to support creative engagement with the State Library’s heritage collections.

The aim of the Creative Fellowship is to enhance engagement with the Library’s heritage collections and provide new and innovative experiences for the public through the development of creative works.

The 2016 and 2018 Creative Fellowships were supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

Past J.S. Battye Creative Fellows

Steven James Finch and Gabby Loo - Oracle Bone: Speculative Migrant Ethnobiographies

The 2018 Creative Fellowship was awarded to Steven James Finch and Gabby Loo for their project 'Oracle Bone: Speculative Migrant Ethnobiographies'. Steven and Gabby’s project focused on Asian migrant lineage and was envisioned as a project of collaborative speculative autoethnography, which invited members of Asian communities to discuss their experiences as settler migrants in WA. Over the course of the fellowship they focused on confronting acts of epistemicide and the suppression and erasure of the histories of migrant Australians. This culminated in Seasons, Histories and Hopes: Imagined Migrant Futures, a group exhibition which was exhibited at the State Library in 2019.

Dr Nicola Kaye and Stephen Terry - Tableau Vivant and the Unobserved. 

Nicola and Stephen were interested in exposing Western Australia’s layered social history within the State Library’s Western Australian photographic collection through an interactive digital media art installation. They juxtaposed historical photographs with contemporary images of Perth, revealing the interconnectedness of Western Australia’s past and present stories. Their collaborative work Tableau Vivant and the Unobserved was exhibited at the State Library in 2017.

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