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Loudon Sainthill Travelling Fellowship

Information for Applicants

Loudon Sainthill

Loudon Sainthill (1918-1969) was an Australian artist and set and costume designer. Loudon was born in Hobart, Tasmania, and spent his early school years in Melbourne. He was greatly influenced by the theatre after seeing performances of Colonel W. de Basil’s Monte Carlo Russian Ballet in the late 1930s.

He was drawn to the colour and settings used on the stage, which was reflected in his first exhibition of paintings in Melbourne in 1939. That same year he travelled with the ballet company to London where Rex de Charembac Nan Kivell, director of the Redfern Gallery, successfully exhibited his paintings. Sainthill was mainly self-educated; his art studies at the Art School of the Melbourne Technical College lasted for a relatively short time.

Loudon Sainthill Travelling Fellowship Trust

Established through a bequest by his partner Harry Tatlock Miller (1913-1989), the Loudon Sainthill Travelling Fellowship enables young professional Australian designers to travel abroad.  An exhibition of Loudon Sainthill’s paintings in London in 1973 helped to raise money for the Fellowship.

The fellowship is designed to enable young Australian professional designers of theatre, ballet, or opera to travel abroad, and so further their careers. In 2023, the Fellow will be awarded $6,500.

Application Process

Applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen currently based in Australia and,
  • have worked consistently as a designer for theatre, ballet, or opera, for at least 2 years.

  1. Download and complete the application form.
  2. Each application must be accompanied by:
  • an up-to-date comprehensive Curriculum Vitae that clearly shows every professional production you have worked on; include: year; the medium (e.g. theatre, ballet, or opera); your contribution (e.g. costume designer, production designer, art director, set dresser, etc); the producer (theatre company, production house/producer); director of production. Should you have a website, include the URL as part of your CV.
  • a detailed proposal of your planned use of the Fellowship;
  • an indication of when you would take up the Fellowship;
  1. Combine your application and additional documentation into a single PDF file and label it using the following naming convention: LS23_FirstName_LastName
  2. Email the completed application to the NIDA Development Department, Tess Bourguignon

The Loudon Sainthill Travelling Fellowship is administered by NIDA.

Any questions can be directed to Development Coordinator, Tess Bourguignon via or phone 02 9697 7594.

Closing dates

Applications close on Friday, 29 September 2023 at 5pm.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome and the fellowship announced by the end of October.

The panel may recommend the Fellowship not be awarded if, in their opinion, applications do not reach a standard worthy of the Fellowship. The panel’s decision is final.

Payment date

The successful applicant will receive the Fellowship funds prior to the date of departure. The funds must within eighteen months of the award of the Fellowship, by March 2025. The successful applicant must seek in writing the panel’s approval for any changes in the proposed use of the Fellowship.

The panel will consider the Fellow’s request to delay travel overseas, particularly if COVID travel restrictions. The revised travel plans and extension will need to be approved.