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Applications are open for The Marten Bequest Scholarships, a $50,000 opportunity offered to talented young artists for the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas and/or interstate. The scholarships provide financial support under the categories acting, architecture, ballet, instrumental music, painting, poetry, prose, sculpture and singing to help talented Australian artists achieve their dreams.

If you are an Australian citizen aged between 21-35 you are eligible to apply, but get in quick – only limited number of scholarship proposals are accepted annually – once this limit is met, no further proposals can be submitted.

Closing date: Midnight, Thursday 30 January 2020 AEDT (or earlier if application limit is met)


John Chisholm Marten (1908 – 1966) was a theatrical artist and well known for his appreciation and support of the arts community, actively involved in many different art forms. A strong advocate for the artistic capabilities of young Australians, John understood the costs involved in study and training programs and established The Marten Bequest through a charitable trust. The scholarships are administered by the Australia Council on behalf of Perpetual as trustee.

Images: 2017 recipient Sam Holt ‘Paint 18’ & 2015 recipient Sean Crossley ‘Late Night Screening’

Byron Shire


Byron Shire


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