A University of New England academic’s research project on Australian actors in London recently received a significant boost with the awarding of a prestigious fellowship.
The Fellowship, which is worth up to £5000, will enable A/Prof Pender to stay in central London whilst working on her project at the British library and at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
During her month in London A/Prof Pender will focus on collecting photographs, portraits, theatre ephemera and other materials for her project entitled ‘Australian Actors in London 1950-1990′.
“This is an excellent opportunity for me to examine the visual record of Australian actors on tour or working in London during a transformative period of Australian theatre,” A/Prof Pender said.
“It is also an opportunity to work with scholars based at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King’s College London and to represent UNE internationally.”
The Bicentennial Project research is part of A/Prof Pender’s Australian Research Council Future Fellowship project in which she is documenting the lives and work of a large set of Australian actors over the last half century.
In addition, A/Prof Pender is currently working on a book about the actors and is also collaborating with the National Museum of Australia on a large exhibition based on her research.