Loudon Sainthill Travelling Fellowship
Information for Applicants
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.