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2009 recipients

Category Recipient
Architecture Marissa Looby
Architecture Daniel Kumnick
Ballet Holly-Jane Lister
Ballet Alexandra Stewart                     
Instrumental Music Adam Herd
Instrumental Music Simon Powis
Instrumental Music               Martin Smith
Painting Clare Thackway
Painting Melita Oram
Sculpture Michaela Gleave
Sculpture Rebecca Delange
Singing Suzanne Shakespeare
Singing Brett Carter

Daniel Kumnick

2009 Architecture Recipient


In August 2009 I left Australia for the first time, eyes wide with anticipation for what two years of post-professional study in Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Boston. But I could not have imagined half of the things I have done since were possible.

I arrived at the epicentre of the design world where all of the future transformative ideas in architecture were being hotly debated, such as the role of digital design, the possibility of an ecological urbanism, the trajectories of globalization, but also the very nature of the discipline vis-à-vis technique and theory. However the group that I fell in with was called New Geographies, which explored the idea of architecture as synthetic scalar practice, capable of making connections across larger regional and global contexts through particular formal syntaxes. During this time I travelled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East, in part following my advisor and mentor Hashim Sarkis’ advice to “think geographically” and “be ambitious first.”

Since graduating in May 2011, my work as a design architect with the leading international firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has brought me to San Francisco and a whole new set of personal and professional challenges.  The opportunity for overseas study, generously bestowed upon me by the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships and other institutions, has taught me the value of making real connections and recognizing ideas worth holding onto, two things which I will retain throughout all my future pursuits whether in Australia or abroad.

Alexandra Stewart

2009 Ballet Recipient  

I am currently working with The Bayerisches Staats ballet in Munich, Germany. The Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship | Designed by: Web Design Government | Sponsored by: Australian Scholarship allowed me to travel to Europe and audition for companies earlier in 2011. I was successful in my endeavours and received an apprenticeship contract with The Bayerisches Staats Ballet Company.

I am extremely thankful for being awarded with the Marten Bequest Scholarship and without this help it would be very difficult to pursue my goals of dancing overseas and becoming a professional ballet dancer.

Michaela Gleave 

2009 Sculpture Recipient  

My Marten Bequest Scholarship allowed me to travel, conduct research and create work in Central Australia, Berlin and Iceland, experiences and connections that have continued to inspire my practice. 

In the time since completing my program I have exhibited my work both nationally and internationally, participating in group and solo exhibitions around Australia as well as in Korea, Hong Kong, Germany, Austria and Mexico.  

I have gone on to receive numerous grants and prizes and am currently an Australia Council for the Arts fellowship holder, developing projects which will take me into the worlds of theater, mathematics, chemistry and astrophysics, involving travel and research in China, Europe and the Arctic Circle.

Brett Carter

2009 Opera Recipient  

After being awarded the Marten Bequest Scholarship in 2009, I travelled to Germany and joined the Ensemble at Hessiche Staatstheater in Germany. Since then, my music has taken me all over the world, allowing me to perform all around Europe and Australia as part of a company and a freelance singer.