The William Fletcher Travelling Fellowship & Rome Residency

A biennial award open to emerging visual artists, supported by a bequest from the late M Matheson Lines

British School at Rome (Accademia Britannica di archeologia, storia e belle arti
Website: Address: Via Antonio Gramsci, 61, 00197 Roma, Italy


At this stage we are planning to resume the Residency in Rome scheduled for 2023.
Applications will be open in January 2022.

The award includes a three-month residency at the British School at Rome (BSR), which is situated in the heart of the city, near the Museo Borghese and the Italian National Gallery of Modern Art.

The period of residency is from the beginning of April to the end of June, being the European spring, and an optimum time for exploration of the city and its environs.

The Fellowship is valued at about A$30 000 and includes accommodation with a studio, at the BSR, $A4 000 for airfares and health and travel insurance, and a monthly stipend of $A2 000.

The William Fletcher Resident* is required to contribute to the ‘end of term’ exhibition at the BSR, and the entry fee will be paid by the Foundation (worth about $A1 500).

Two other finalists at that exhibition will be provided with grants to attend residencies at Bundanon, worth $4 500 each. These include accommodation for three weeks and a stipend of $2 000.

Murdoch (Nick) Matheson Lines was a friend and supporter of William Fletcher. Nick purchased several of Bill’s paintings and displayed them in his home at Mosman, where he was a medical practitioner. After Nick died in 2005, several charities benefited from his generous bequests.
Students sketching in Rome opposite the church of San Carlo Borromeo, designed by Francesco Borromini, with one of the Quattro Fontane in the background

More about the BSR

Information for applicants

* Resident: At the BSR, ‘Fellow’ implies a postdoctoral scholar.

Last amended 17 June 2020