Past Winners

The Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships have been granting young Australian creative’s the additional funding they need for almost 40 years, to undergo relevant training/educational programs in their chosen career.

The Trust Company, trustee of the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships, congratulates all winners past and present who all showed ability and promise in their relevant fields.

Many of the past winners have reach there goals in life and in their career from this scholarship but “where are they now?”

2010 recipients


Peter Campbell is using his scholarship to complete his MA in Musical Theatre at Mountview in UK. These studies should be complete in 2011. Peter will spend time seeking opportunities in the UK to progress his career.

Sally Davis is attending the Helikos International School of Theatre Creation in Florence, Italy, under the directorship of Giovanni Fusetti. In addition, she will also use the scholarship funds to research the work of Jacques Le Coq – a French actor, mime and acting instructor.

Jaime Mears completed an intensive workshop in Bouffon in Paris in mid 2010 for three months and is currently assisting Philippe Gaulier, renown theatre practitioner and director with his workshop of Neutral Mask and Greek Tragedy. Jaime is looking to be involved with a new workshop with Piesn Kozla Theatre Company in the coming year.

Instrumental Music

Pei-Jee Ng and Pei- Sian Ng (joint scholarship) are twin cellists who are continuing their studies, including their Masters, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Guy Spielman is currently studying in Luebeck, Germany and has been looking into European competitions to further his performance career.

James Polack is undertaking a Master’s degree in music performance in Germany.


Michelle Gearin has travelled to Spain, France and Portugal, undertaking preliminary explorations of the culture as well as research into venues for a potential exhibition. Her program investigates the emotional impact of bullfighting, developing motifs and symbolism already present in her work. She will use her research to create a body of work to exhibit in Europe and Australia.

Michelle Ussher is using her funds to establish a studio in central London – often regarded as the hub of international creativity. Michelle is looking to create a new body of work and exhibit in Madrid, Milan and London.

Emily Fitzgerald is travelling abroad to New York and London to undertake classes at the New York Studio School, research with artists and develop a body of work on paper and board.


Bonny Cassidy is undertaking a poetic exploration of Australasian and Antarctic landscapes through 2010 and 2011. This two year project establishes a contrast and/or meeting between central-north and southern landmarks of Australasia.  Starting her research in central Australia, she will travel to Tasmania, Antarctica and then New Zealand.  A book manuscript will be drafted after the end of the project in 2012. 

Simon West is working on two projects throughout his scholarship. The first is an anthology of contemporary Italian poetry in English translation which he is researching in Italy over the two years. His second project is to finish a manuscript of his own works which has been influenced by connections to Italian poetry.

Sarah Holland-Batt was accepted at New York University, and is being mentored in the writing of her next book, under the guidance of a faculty including distinguished poets.  The scholarship is also funding her study at the New York University for her Masters of Fine Art in Creative Writing.


Jack Cox has moved to Paris to study a French language course at the Sorbonne. He is also attending weekly seminars of Julia Kirsteva's on literature at Paris Diderot University.

Anthony Levin is undertaking Masters in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture, the Modern MA, at the University of York in the United Kingdom.

Katherine Battersby is using her scholarship to travel to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference in New York and England. She is also looking to research her young adult novel in the UK, and spend time developing another middle grade novel of hers. 


Natalie Aroyan is currently completing her studies at the Mannes College New School for Music in New York and working on the next stage of her program.

Andrew Finden has been completing his studio studies with the Internationales Opernstudio des Staatstheatre Nurnberg in Germany. He will be looking to extend this study past one year, and continue his lessons with Professor Sieggried Jerusalem at the Hochschule fur Musik Nurnberg (The Nuremburg School of Music).

Anna Whitehead has travelled to Europe and is heading to Spain to compete in Montserrat Caballe International Singing Competition and Master Classes. Later this year Anna will have intensive tuition and study in London.