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Alumni donation supports creative fellowships in Paris



8 January 2015

 Professor Mark Ledbury (Power Institute), Mrs Lynette Fern and Mr Terrence Fern
Professor Mark Ledbury (Power Institute), Mrs Lynette Fern and Mr Terrence Fern

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and The Power Institute are proud to receive a donation in support of the annual Cité Internationale des Arts Residencies fellowships for the next five years.

The Terrence and Lynette Fern Cité Internationale des Arts Residency Fellowships, named after the donors and University alumni Terrence Fern (BSc, DipEd) and Lynette Fern (BA, DipEd) will support recipients to attend the institution in Paris which houses over 300-400 creatives from around the world.

“We are delighted to have secured vital and enabling funding for one of the core aspects of our mission - helping artists, writers and students to transform their research and their careers through an opportunity to live and work in a vibrant centre of cultural and artistic activity,” said Professor Mark Ledbury, Director of the University’s Power Institute.

The 2015 fellows are Martin Polkinghorne, Anne Ferran, Tessa Rapaport Zettel and Anne Graham.

 Alexander James, recipient of the fellowship in 2012
Alexander James, recipient of the fellowship in 2012

Alexander James (MFA) undertook the fellowship in 2012. He said collaborations and partnerships he formed with the other artists helped him with his work.

“There is so much happening in Paris. Make the most of your opportunity and enjoy it,” he advised the 2015 fellows.

Lynette Fern, President of the Power Foundation Council said that she and her husband were pleased to continue their contributions to the Power Institute, the organisation which, due to the very generous bequest of Dr John Wardell Power, had made possible the existence of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Sydney.

"Our first major gift was for the refurbishment of the library and now these fellowships will extend research further by making possible invaluable experience  in the form of Australian/French exchange for writers, artists and scholars.”

“We both believe that education is a great gift and that the learning made possible by the Cité fellowships will enable the winners to be stimulated in their work, their thinking and their lives as they experience the art & culture of a great city on the other side of the world." Said Mrs Fern. 

For more information and future applications to the Terrence and Lynette Fern Cité Internationale des Arts Residencies fellowship: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/power/about/paris_residency.shtml