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H.C. Coombs Creative Fellowship, ANU

The Creative Arts Fellowship was instigated in 1964 by Dr. H.C. Coombs, Pro-Chancellor at the time, as a "means of stimulating the ouptput of creative artists in Australia". The fellowships were reported widely in Australian newspaper, the London Times, the European edition of the New York Herald Tribune, newspapers in Spain, Czechoslovakia, and other countries.Fellowships were filled by invitation rather than by public advertisement, and fellows selected by the Vice-Chancellor in consultation with an advisory committee. Other Australian Universities werde to be informed of the programme in the hope that they would follow the ANU example and establish similar schemes for the encouragement of creative artists. This term was interpreted quite loosely, executatnt musicians and architects being initially the only definite exclusions, and during the course of the fellowship the University has hosted, apart from visual artists, persons such as Don Burros, Don Banks, Arthur Cantrill, Judith Clingang, George Golla, George Dreyfuss, Alan Gould, Rodney Hall, Xavier Herbert, Christina Stead, Penny Tweedie and Clive Scollay, and Judith Wright.Visual artists have included painters, ceramists, printmakers, sculptors, tapestry-weavers, graphic-designers and artists interested in the use of scientific equipment and techniques in artistic creation. Since, funding constraints have significantly altered the nature of the fellowship and their holders.


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