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Administered by the Trust Company, the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship is a program that supports young Australian artists and practitioners, who wish to use travel to broaden their perspectives. Scholarships have been awarded since 1975, after John Chisholm Marten set up the program through his will in 1964.
Theatrical artist Marten realised the importance of travel for aspiring artists and established the program to facilitate it. Scholarships are available across a wide range of artistic pursuits – from ballet to sculpture and acting. In 2014, the categories are ballet, instrumental music, poetry, prose and architecture, with three separate scholarships of $20,000 each available for young architects who fulfil the criteria. They must be Australian, aged between 21 and 35, and available to travel – either internationally or domestically – should their application be successful.
The scholarships are paid over two years, paid in $5000 instalments. Applications close on 2 December 2013, with winners announced in February/March 2014. You can find out more about the scholarships and begin your application online here.
A notable past winner is Marissa Looby, who won a scholarship in 2009 and 2010. Looby is Architectural Review Asia Pacific‘s contributing editor, and she enrolled in the post-professional Advanced Architectural Design degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, where she was awarded the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize for the best final semester design project and an Honour Award for Excellence in Design. Emphasising the significance of the program, in her report to the Scholarship committee in 2012, Looby said, “Without the scholarship I wouldn’t have been able to have taken the opportunities that have subsequently presented themselves in the years since.”
Looby has written for a range of other publications, including Domus, Metropolis, Blueprint and Architecture Australia. She is currently a project designer at Woods Bagot, and also a part-time studio leader for the University of Technology, Sydney’s masters of architecture course.
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