John Chisholm Marten (1908 – 1966) was born in Kent, England and moved to Australia at a young age, residing in Sydney for his adult life. John Marten was a theatrical artist and well known for his appreciation and support of the arts community.  
John was actively involved in many different art forms, he was trained in Spanish dancing and served in the merchant navy during the war. John also co-author  ‘The Bali Ballet Murders’ with Cornelius Conyn which was published in Australia, London and also translated into Dutch and published in the Netherlands. (This novel can be found at the Mitchel Library A823/C768/IAI)  
A strong advocate for the artistic capabilities of young Australians, he understood the costs involved in study and training programs.  In light of this, Marten established through a charitable trust, the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships – a program which would award funding to talented Australians so they could explore and develop their artistic gifts either abroad and/or interstate.
To find out more on John Chisholm Marten please visit our 2012 prose winner – Michelle Dicinoski website where she researched and found some very interesting information on this amazing man. And visit this site for a photo of John Marten in his early days. 

Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships

The Scholarships are awarded annually to candidates who show great promise in the arts and literature, with nine scholarship categories available:

  • Acting
  • Architecture
  • Ballet
  • Instrumental music
  • Painting
  • Poetry
  • Prose
  • Sculpture
  • Singing.

Scholarship funds can be used to assist with study programs, professional training courses and/or mentor programs.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for this award, you must be born in Australia and aged 21-35 (17-35 for ballet) at the closing date of entries.

There is no exception to this rule.

The scholarship’s value

Scholarships each worth $50,000, payable over two years.