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2014 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships now open

BY Karin Chiu | 12-Nov-2013
Entries in the fields of architecture, ballet, instrumental music, poetry and prose are now open.

Entries for the 2014 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships in the fields of architecture, ballet, instrumental music, poetry and prose are now open, with trustee, The Trust Company, calling for nominations. The Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships were established by the late theatrical artist John Chisholm Marten in 1975 to support young Australians in furthering their artistic gifts both locally and globally. It is awarded to outstanding Australian-born candidates between the ages of 21 and 35, with the exception of ballet which is eligible for 17 to 35 year olds. In 2014, there will be three scholarships available per category, with each scholarship worth $20,000.

The potential prize-pool available is $300,000. The Trust Company’s Head of Philanthropy, Simon Lewis, said the trustee is proud to be offering the Marten Bequest Scholarships which are designed to promote culture and creativity within the Australian arts community. “The Trust Company values the impact of privately funded awards such as the Marten Bequest Scholarships in helping young Australians develop their artistic talents through study and training programs both in Australia and overseas. “The struggle for financial support is a consistent theme among artists – these scholarships provide them with the means and the freedom to best progress their respective crafts. In doing so, we are investing in the future of Australian culture,” he said.

The scholarship funds can be used to assist with study programs, professional training courses and/ or mentor programs. Some notable past winners who have benefited from the scholarship include well-known literary author Tim Winton, artist Wendy Sharpe and opera singer Amelia Farrugia. Applications for the 2014 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships will close on 2 December 2013, with winners to be announced in early 2014.

More information on the award and application process can be found at www.martenbequest.com.au