2014 winners

A message from the Trustee

We are proud, along with our judges, to announce the winners of the 2014 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships. Each scholarship is worth $20,000 and paid over a two year period to support the activities to further our winners artistic careers.

The winners are:

Prose: Laura Jean McKay, Tom Lee and Ender Baskan

Architecture: Charlotte Algie, William Harvey-Jones and James Thomas Barclay

Ballet: Olivia Paine, Belle Beasley and Samuel Pereira

Poetry: Candy Royalle, Jessica Wilkinson and Elizabeth Campbell

Instrumental Music: Rosie Gallagher, Emily Sun and Man Chung (Nicholas) Young


William Harvey-Jones

William Harvey-Jones is devoutly interested in humanitarian architecture. He aims to use his Marten Bequest funding to focus on disaster-resilience planning and post-disaster architectural responses. He’s specifically interested in the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Oshika Peninsula, Japan and has established links with ArchiAid - a reconstruction-assistance network led by Japanese architects and supported by architects around the world. Particularly interested in the practices and outcomes that are a result of this networked-collaboration model – he intends to produce a ‘close-up and personal’ film documentary on the subject. His funded project will also involve a research field trip with Kaijima Lab to Tasmania to undertake a case study of Tasmania’s oyster-farms, as a regenerative rural industry for the Oshika Peninsula.

Charlotte Algie

Charlotte Algie wishes to delve further into what it means to express Australian architectural design ideas internationally. She aspires to champion diversity in Australian architecture and expand the sustainable contributions of public and civic architectures to communities throughout the Asia-Pacific in the 21st Century. Charlotte will be using her funding to undertake the Master of Architecture II at Yale University School of Architecture to broaden her already impressive theoretical and technical skills. Charlotte’s practice has encompassed teaching and commissioned design work in Australia and Europe; as well as winning design competition. Charlotte is currently working on projects in Berlin and Prague and hopes to continue to teach and contribute to buildings that reflect, embody and harbour cultural identity for Australian communities.

James Thomas Barclay

James Thomas Barclay is a registered architect and licensed builder and is one of the few architects who both designs and constructs his own projects. He has worked closely with well-known architect Drew Heath, recently completing his multi-award winning house Tír Na NÓg, along with developments in Marrickville and Casuarina, and a public street furniture project in Bondi Junction.  He is seeking to further develop his skills through a post-professional Masters at Harvard Graduate School of Design with a focus in Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology. He seeks to gain insights into ways of approaching problems outside a traditional methodology; alternative practice management structures and a more complete definition of ‘architect’ and sustainability. The Marten Bequest scholarship gives James the ability to experience an environment that fosters challenge and innovation and view ideas at a global scale in order to better understand the nuance of local condition.


Candy Royalle

Candy Royalle has been a full-time, professional Performance Poet for 5 years. She has been working on TWELVE - a cinepoetry project that takes poetry off the stage and onto television; "Frida People" a theatrical and musical poetry collaborative project with musicians and burlesque performers which is debuting at the National Folk Festival in April 2014; and Caravans: An Adults Verse Fable picture book. Candy’s artistic ethos is 'to make poetry more accessible' and seeks to be an ambassador, creating links between poetry communities in Australia and the UK. She is currently studying Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong and has set her sights on working with two major organisations in the UK - Apples & Snakes and The Scottish Storytelling Centre to participate in advanced courses in Performance Poetry. Here she will undertake master classes in areas such as vocal and writing techniques, professional theatre practice and film in poetry. 

Jessica Wilkinson

Jessica Wilkinson is drawn to the poetic narrative and techniques that will evoke a performative aspect, which will engage the reader beyond the transmission of information and towards an appreciation of bodily rhythms and intensities. She is a Lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing at RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently working on Music Made Visible: a biography of George Balanchine. This biography will be a book-length long poem on the life and work of choreographical genius George Balanchine, the 'father' of contemporary American dance. The project will require site-based and archival research now possible with Marten Bequest and includes visits to key European and American venues of historical and contemporary significance to Balanchine's life including St. Petersburg, Paris, New York and Hollywood.

Elizabeth Campbell

Elizabeth Campbell has written two books and is currently working on a third - a collection of poems titled ‘The Mystery Guest’ partly based on experiences in Rome, Southern Italy, Scotland and Berlin. She plans to use her Marten Bequest funding on trips to conduct extensive research, fact-checking and to further her language skills to support her book research. She will visit the Vatican Museums and other collections, and the Etruscan tombs and archaeological sites which D.H. Lawrence wrote about in his poetry and in Etruscan Places. She will travel to Pompeii, Cumae, Syracuse and other centres of ancient Hellenistic culture and modern pilgrimage. In 2015, she will take up residence in Hawthornden Castle before arriving at her final destination for her book research: Berlin. 


Laura Jean McKay

Laura Jean McKay is passionate about promoting animals through the development of fiction, non-fiction and academic works. Her goals involve working on and completing her PhD and publishing her novel manuscript 'Animals'. The Marten Bequest funding will allow her to undertake a series of research and career-development residencies with animal-related organisations in order to research her novel on mammal and human interaction. This work on her second book, 'Animals', marks an integral step in the development and establishment of her writing career, and provides invaluable contact with the animals she writes about and the people who are responsible for them. She seeks to observe and experience human/animal interactions in a variety of circumstances in Australia – from animals used for human consumption, to animals in captivity, animals living in protected areas or the wild, from Melbourne to Broome. 

Tom Lee

Tom Lee is interested in ancestral memory, family mythology, Australian history and investigating the relationship between landscape, literature and death. With the Marten Bequest funding he will follow the words and footsteps of two great writers of the last one hundred years, Cormac McCarthy and W.G. Sebald. He will take his PhD research beyond the limitations of an academic dissertation to journey the Suffolk coastline as traversed by Sebald’s narrator in The Rings of Saturn, along with the US and Mexico border country - the central preoccupation of much of McCarthy's fiction, as well as an expedition to the island of Corsica to observe the mourning rituals that fascinated Sebald. He will also journey to the University of East Anglia where Sebald taught, Centre College in Kentucky, The Wittliff Collections in Texas, and the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico, which are all significant locations for McCarthy studies. 

Ender Baskan

Ender Baskan seeks to explore what it means to be Australian today through the themes of identity and migration and his experiences of being a child of Turkish migrants in Australia. His travel will serve as the springboard for his next project, a novel exploring the experiences of three young people of Turkish descent. One born and living in Berlin, one in Melbourne, and the other in Istanbul. He will be travelling to Turkey to experience Gallipoli for 100th Anniversary of ANZAC and revisiting the scene of the Gezi Park protests a year on. He will also endeavour to research the comparative experience of Turkish-Migrants in Germany by undertaking International Literature Festival workshops in Berlin and meetings with Dr. Claus Schonig and Dr. Gulistan Gurbey of Free University of Berlin, scholars of Turkish-German Studies. He will complete a Writing Residency with Maumau Works, the first artist residency space in Istanbul and undertaking research and interviews with migrant Turkish community to illuminate his understanding of the fabric of migrant Australia.  

Instrumental music

Man Chung (Nicholas) Young

Man Chung (Nicholas) Young is a First Class Honours graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney and will be travelling overseas to undertake the Masters’ degree course 'Masterstudium Klavier Solistenausbildung' (Master Solo Piano) at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria. This will give him the opportunity to refine his technical and interpretative skills and to develop an international profile, as well as identifying niches in the field of performance where he can contribute as a musician. Where possible, he hopes to disseminate his research through the presentation of academic papers at music conferences and establish connections with fellow performers and composers, striving to promote new music in a wide variety of musical settings, through both solo and collaborative endeavours.  

Emily Sun

Emily is completing her final year at the Royal College of Music as an undergraduate studying with Itzhak Rashkovsky and was one of five violinists in UK to be selected for the 2013/2014 London Symphony Orchestra String Scheme. Emily has been living and studying in London, and has worked hard to promote herself as an Australian violinist in the UK music scene including performances in Cadogan Hall, Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall. As a soloist, she has many recitals coming up in London as well as preparations for international violin competitions. The funds from the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship | Designed by: Web Design Government | Sponsored by: Australian Scholarship will be used to complete her postgraduate studies in London and provide further concert opportunities, including solo, chamber and orchestral experiences. She is excited at the prospects of being recognised in Europe as an Australian violinist.

Rosie Gallagher

After completing her Bachelor of Music at The Juilliard School in May 2014, Rosie will take up a position at The Royal Academy of Music to commence her Master of Music degree in September 2014. She will study with current principal flutist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonia Orchestra along with performing with The Royal Academy of Music Orchestra. She has played in concerts at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tulley Hall, and Avery Fischer Hall as Principal flute of The Juilliard Orchestra and the New Juilliard Ensemble and as the Principal flute of the New York String Seminar Orchestra and will be playing a solo recital in Paul Hall and competing in the ABC Young Performers Award. Her goal is to play in a world class orchestra and share her learnings with other aspiring musicians. 


Samuel Pereira

Samuel Pereira has just completed his Graduate Year at The Australian Ballet School and plans to travel to Europe to audition for companies like the Dresden SemperOper Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet and Wiener Staatsballett in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Czech Republic. After completing these auditions he will venture on to the UK where he will audition for companies such as Northern Ballet and English National Ballet and then on to Toronto, Winnipeg, Alberta and Montreal and New York with a view to being offered a position. His long-term goal is to perform in theatres around the world, work with international choreographers and to return and share his experiences by mentoring other Australian aspiring ballet dancers. 

Olivia Paine

Olivia represented The Australian Ballet School on exchange to the National Ballet School of Canada earlier this year and with the Marten Bequest funding will audition for ballet companies in Europe, America, Canada and the United Kingdom. Being a ‘tall’ female ballet dancer it’s important for her to have the opportunity to audition with the ‘tall’ companies, where her slightly unusual height is considered an advantage. She is auditioning with companies such as the National Ballet of Canada, Dutch National, Dresden, Zurich, Monte Carlo, Vienna State, Berlin, Pacific Northwest, Ballet West, and Boston Ballet and hopeful of receiving offers to continue her dancing overseas. Olivia worked on two variations for her audition tour namely the Raymonda Dream Variation and Dulcinea Variation from Don Quixote. 

Belle Beasley

Belle has studied classical ballet for 10 years and will use her Marten Bequest funding to support her as she completes her formal classical ballet training. During this year, she will spend 6 months training at the Queensland Ballet Company's pre-professional year, before taking up a placement to the San Francisco Ballet Summer School. She also has also received multiple offers for placements in ballet schools overseas that she is considering. Belle loves the legacy and beauty of traditional ballets, but also enjoys working with contemporary choreographers and being able to express herself in a new medium. Her goal is to be a dancer with an exciting company and perform in some of her favourite ballets like La Sylphide, Manon and Romeo and Juliet.

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