Talented VCA graduates awarded the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship

October 13 / 122

From left to right: Aviva Endean (music), Hamish Macdonald (visual art), Julie Kantor (Elisabeth Murdoch's grand-daughter), Glyn Roberts (theatre), Matthew Greaves (visual art), Professor Su Baker, Director of the VCA.
From left to right: Aviva Endean (music), Hamish Macdonald (visual art), Julie Kantor (Elisabeth Murdoch's grand-daughter), Glyn Roberts (theatre), Matthew Greaves (visual art), Professor Su Baker, Director of the VCA.

Five Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) graduates have been awarded the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowships for theatre, music and visual art worth $70,000.

One of the winners, musician Aviva Endean said it was an honour and a privilege to be the recipient of such an award.

"This generous scholarship provides an invaluable opportunity for my new music ensemble, Quiver, to immerse ourselves in the extraordinarily vibrant experimental music scene which is thriving in Berlin,” Ms Endean said.

"We will be undertaking a residency at Ausland experimental arts venue, pursuing mentorship with Kammer Neue Musik Berlin (one of Germany's leading contemporary music ensembles) and attending Darmstadt new music festival, one of the worlds most important and influential forums for contemporary music.”

The late Dame Elisabeth established the first Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship at the VCA in 1994. It maintains the spirit of the National Gallery Travelling Scholarship which was first awarded to celebrated Australian painter John Longstaff in 1887.

Awarded biennially to theatre, music and visual art graduates, the fellowships allow young artists to travel and study overseas at an important point in their careers.

Director of the VCA Professor Su Baker congratulated the recipients and spoke of the many benefits of travel.

“International travel can be a transformative experience for young artists and performers, informing personal creative development, providing inspiration and connections which benefit the Australian cultural landscape in the long-term,” she said.

The 2013 Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship recipients are:

• Music: Aviva Endean (BMus Perf (Hons), 2010), $20,000. Ms Endean plans to take the four member group QUIVER New Music Ensemble to Germany for a series of residencies, mentorships and performances.

• Theatre (equally split between two): Shelly Lauman (BDramArt, 2005), $12,500. Ms Lauman plans to complete a two-year Masters in Film Directing at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. Glyn Roberts (Master of Writing for Performance, 2012), $12,500. Mr Roberts plans to travel to the Netherlands and Germany to undertake placements at several theatre companies (Theater Ulm, Toneelgroep Amsterdam and Deutsches Theater).

• Visual Art: (equally split between two): Matthew Greaves (BFA 2010), $12,500. Mr Greaves plans to make a major video essay examining replicas of the Statue of Liberty, travelling to China, Japan, Israel, Kosovo, Argentina, Spain and Ukraine. Hamish Macdonald (BFA, 2012) plans to travel across parts of Europe and the Middle East to visit major art institutions and archaeological sites of interest.

Notable alumni of this Fellowship include Jon Campbell, Vanessa Pigrum, Luke Howard, Raimondo Cortese, Jennifer Higgie, Mary Sitarenos, Annika Koops and Linda Tegg.

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