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2007 recipients

Category Recipient
Architecture Scott Hawken
Architecture Christine Outram
Ballet David Jonathan
Ballet Nicki Moffatt
Instrumental Music           Ben Carey
Instrumental Music Alexandra Osborne          
Instrumental Music Martin Smith
Painting Anthony White
Painting Craig Waddell
Sculpture Rachel Fuller
Sculpture Abi Alice
Singing Russell Harcourt
Singing Derek Welton

Anthony White

2007 Painting Recipient

When I won the Marten Bequest in 2007 it was a real turning point for in my career as a young painter. It enabled me to get overseas and see the important collections on the US east coast as well as participating in the New York Studio School Marathon Program (NYSS).

After the NYSS program I headed to Vermont to undertake a residency at The Vermont Studio Centre for three months. After the United States I received studio residency awards in Europe at The Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris and also The Leipzig International Art Program (LIA).

I immigrated permanently to Paris where I have setup a permanent working atelier on the outskirts of the city and gained representation in London with the COMODAA Gallery and also in Hong Kong with The Cat St Gallery.

By winning the Marten Bequest it solidified in me, that I had the potential to go further with a career in the visual arts.

Craig Waddell

2007 Painting Recipient


After completing my Masters Degree at Chiang Mai University Thailand, The Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship | Designed by: Web Design Government | Sponsored by: Australian Scholarship allowed me to return to Chiang Mai University, as artist in residency.

I had the opportunity to produce a new body of paintings that were exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chiang Mai, and Cat Street Gallery Hong Kong. Since receiving the Marten Bequest Scholarship, I have received a number of awards – Mossman Art Prize, Moya Dying Studio Cite International des Arts, Paris, Gunnery Studio Residency, Arts NSW, Fraser Street Studio Residency, and Chippendale.

I have also been selected in many awards such as the Archibald prize, Wynne Prize, Sulman prize, RBS Emerging Artist Award. I have gained representation with Gallery9, Sydney www.gallery9.com.au and Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane www.edwinacorlettegallery.com. I have also had the opportunity to exhibit overseas at the Dubai Art fair and Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong. My work has been selected for numerous group exhibitions and placed in collections such as Artbank, Macquarie University, Newcastle Regional Gallery and many private collections.

I am currently Artist in Residence at Fraser Street Studio’s, Chippendale. I am working towards a new body of paintings, drawings and sculptures for my upcoming exhibitions at Gallery9 and the 2012 Melbourne Art fair.

The Marten Bequest Scholarship allowed me to continue my research in Thailand and have a sustained period working on my practice. This scholarship created a unique opportunity to work fulltime as an artist and one that has allowed me many opportunities since. 

Christine Outram

2007 Architecture Recipient

The Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship in Architecture helped me attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge USA. 

Here, through my research with the SENSEable City Lab, and the Smart Cities Lab, I was able to extend and define my interest for how distributed computing can positively shape the design and planning of our future cities. It was during this time, that I co-invented the Copenhagen Wheel.

An innovative electric bicycle wheel that turns "any city into a great cycling city". The wheel was unveiled at the COP15 Climate Conference, has won four international design awards, and continues to be represented in the global press. Now living in Los Angeles, I am currently directing the City Innovation Group.

My work includes consulting with the UN research group 'Global Pulse'; the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco; and working on various design and community mobilization strategies in LA.

My ultimate plan, is to kick start a 'smart cities' movement in Australia, and apply what I have learnt in the US to the Australian context.

Derek Welton

2007 Singing Recipient

I was an awarded the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship | Designed by: Web Design Government | Sponsored by: Australian Scholarship while a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  Here I completed the Postgraduate Vocal programme as well as the Opera Course and a Vocal Department Fellowship:  four years in all, with a Master of Music degree and a Master of Music Performance degree, both with Distinction, and a huge amount of invaluable training in every aspect of my craft.  

I remained in the UK afterwards and was fortunate enough to go from studies into full-time work as a freelance singer; I am extremely pleased at my progress and exciting developments and opportunities continue to come in.  I can quite honestly say that these studies—so important to my career—would not have been possible without the help of the Marten Bequest.  

In the last year highlights have included singing the role of Creonte in Haydn's L'anima del filosofo for Pinchgut Opera in Sydney, my UK major house début as Donner in Wagner's Das Rheingold for Opera North, my début with the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome as Der Pfleger des Orest in Strauss's Elektra, as well as numerous concerts and the release of two CDs:  the Pinchgut Live release of the Haydn as well as a CD of Vaughan Williams folksong arrangements with Iain Burnside on the piano for Albion Records. There are many exciting projects coming up, too, including a return to Teatro dell'Opera di Roma as Pangloss in Bernstein's Candide and a European tour as the bass soloist in Bach's St John Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.