The annual National Folk Fellowship is offered jointly by the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival. The National Library holds the most significant collections of folklore and related material in Australia. This Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for the recipient to discover and explore original collected material at the Library for use in their own artistic work. The outcome of this residency at the National Library will result in a performance at the 2022 National Folk Festival, and any recordings arising from the project will be acquired for the National Library’s Oral History and Folklore collection.
The Fellowship provides support for professional development of artistic practice through research in the Library's extensive folklore and related collections, as well as the documentation of the Fellow's work for the Library’s Collection.
The Folk Fellow is provided with:
- A stipend of $8000. This is intended to cover return travel to Canberra for one person, living expenses and accommodation in Canberra for four weeks or equivalent, as well as project expenses for presentations at the 2022 National Folk Festival and at the National Library. The stipend will be paid in two instalments, one at the commencement of the project and one mid-project.
- Access to the National Library sound recording studios for up to 30 hours over the residency. This may include studio access to recordings which require preservation and for recording and mixing new performances
- A master tape of any recordings made during the residency. The Fellow may use this in future commercial publications or public performances, with acknowledgment of the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival
- Special and supported access to collections
- Copies of source materials (within reasonable limits and according to access conditions)
- A workstation with internet access and listening facilities
- A guaranteed performance at the National Folk Festival in Canberra (April 2022). This performance must highlight the work undertaken during the Fellowship
- A public presentation at the National Library that reflects on the goals, sources and achievements of the project (November 2022).
Please note: Fellowships are awarded to an individual. Funding will be paid directly to the individual for the purposes of supporting their Fellowship. Any other arrangements between the individual and their employer are the individual’s responsibility. As Fellowship support may have tax implications, it is recommended Fellows seek professional financial advice.
Please visit the National Library's website for more information on the 2022 National Folk Fellowship program.