The Fellowship is made possible through the generous contribution of the Frank Van Straten AM and Adrian Turley Foundation. Frank played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Australian Performing Arts Collection in the late 1970s and was the founding director and first archivist of what was then the Performing Arts Museum. Arts Centre Melbourne has been the proud custodian of the Collection since its creation in the early 1980s.
Since launching in 2020 the Frank Van Straten Fellowship has produced outstanding works highlighting stories from the Australian Performing Arts Collection.
2021 recipient Cathy Pryor used her opportunity to create a digital exhibition titled Rare flowers and golden butterflies diving into the history of three magical women Esme Levante, Myrtle Roberts and Loretta “Moi-Yo” Miller Montes.
Applications for the 2022 Fellowship close on 11 March 2022.