STOCKADE- Creative Fellowship at The National Gallery of Australia-Anthony White
Anthony White has been named as the National Library of Australia’s 2020 Creative Arts Fellow. @anthony_white_paris @nationallibraryaus #anthonywhite #creativeartsfellow #nationallibraryofaustralia #sidneynolan #archives
Address: Parkes Pl W, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia
Date: 13th August 2020
The fellowship, supported by the Friends of the National Library, is one of Australia’s most prestigious honours for professional artists and writers. It offers a $10,000 grant to support the recipient to spend four weeks in the National Library of Australia in Canberra developing an artistic concept of work inspired by the NLA’s vast collection .
White will use the fellowship to research the NLA’s Sidney Nolan collection as inspiration for an exhibition in 2021.
“I have recently been awarded the 2020 Creative Arts Fellowship at the National Library of Australia in Canberra, Australia, for a four-week period in August 2020, to investigate archive material related to Sidney Nolan’s Eureka Stockade mural (1962-1965) a work of national importance which commemorates the rebellion of a group of miners during Australia’s Nineteenth-Century gold rush.
This research, to be conducted in Australia, will inform a new body of work examining sovereign power, dissent and the efficacy of civil disobedience. By investigating the National Library of Australia’s Sidney Nolan archive, I will explore Nolan’s interest in the use of art as a political tool and to what degree that brief period of civil disobedience in Australia’s history has shaped any sense of an Australian national ethos.
‘I plan to research Nolan’s writings, sketches and notes, in particular references to the period of Nolan’s painting of the Eureka Stockade Reserve Bank Commission,’ the artist said.
‘This offers me the opportunity to reflect on an artist who was similarly drawn to painting notions of Australian identity and continued to do so during his working life in Europe”
The artist’s findings from the research will be broadcast in front of the public and Friends of The NLA committee in a scheduled presentation for the 13th of August 2020 at The National Library, Canberra