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The Lloyd Martin Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Arts Leaders

Fostering the next generation of talent

The Lloyd Martin Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Arts Leaders is an Opera House initiative to help the next generation of arts managers tackle the increasingly complex landscape facing cultural institutions in the 21st century.

The AUD$20,000 annual scholarship funds an overseas residency or study trip for a person in the early stages of their career, and honours the memory of Lloyd Martin, the Opera House’s longest-serving general manager (1978-97), who joined the Opera House as deputy general manager just before its doors first opened in 1973. Fostering the next generation of talent is part of Lloyd Martin's legacy, and is integral to the Opera House's Decade of Renewal.

Alexandra and Lloyd Martin Family Foundation 
The Opera House acknowledges the generous support of the Alexandra and Lloyd Martin Family Foundation, which established and has funded the Scholarship since 2014.

Find out additional background information about the Scholarship.


Applications will be accepted from current staff members of the Opera House, or current staff members of any of its eight flagship resident companies: the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Bell Shakespeare, Opera Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Symphony Orchestra or Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. 

Please note that the Scholarship focuses on people working in areas that are increasingly critical to the viability and success of arts companies and cultural institutions, such as digital technology, finance, commercial enterprises, philanthropy, sponsorship, education, marketing and communications. Applications from other areas will not, however, be excluded. 

An annual scholarship to fund an overseas residency or study, fostering the next generation of talent.


The selection panel for the Scholarship includes representatives of the Alexandra and Lloyd Martin Family Foundation; a representative of the Opera House; and an independent external panel member.  The selection panel’s decision at all stages of the process will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

2021 Applications

Due to current COVID-19-related international travel restrictions, the 2021 Scholarship is on hold. 

Previous winners

2019: Laura Matarese

Laura Matarese, Lloyd Martin Scholarship winner 2019.
Laura Matarese, Lloyd Martin Scholarship winner 2019.

In 2019 the Scholarship was awarded to Laura Matarese, Sydney Opera House’s Heritage Manager who will travel to Europe to investigate how other cultural institutions and world heritage sites implement heritage management plans to conserve their buildings and functions for future generations to enjoy. 

2018: Zoe Hogan

Zoe Hogan, Lloyd Martin Scholarship winner 2018.
Zoe Hogan, Lloyd Martin Scholarship winner 2018.

In 2018 the Scholarship was awarded to Zoe Hogan, Sydney Theatre Company’s Education & Community Programs Manager who will travel to Europe to explore how artists and arts companies are utilising drama to support refugees and people seeking asylum.  

2017: Tim Graham

Tim Graham, 2017 Lloyd Martin scholarship winner.
Tim Graham, 2017 Lloyd Martin scholarship winner.

In 2017 the Scholarship was awarded to Tim Graham, Sydney Opera House’s Renewal Stakeholder Coordinator who embarked on a study tour to Europe and the US to investigate how performing arts and cultural institutions have managed the challenges of major building projects. 

2016: Claire Joachim

Claire Joachim, 2016 Lloyd Martin scholarship winner
Claire Joachim, Lloyd Scholarship Winner 2016. Image: Teresa Tan

In 2016 the Scholarship was awarded to Claire Joachim, Social Media Specialist at the Sydney Opera House.  The Scholarship enabled Claire to undertake a study tour to the US and UK focusing on how social media is influencing the way arts and cultural institutions communicate, program and operate. More information about Claire Joachim's scholarship.

2015: Anke Timm

Anke Timm, 2015 Lloyd Martin scholarship winner
Anke Timm, Lloyd Martin Scholarship winner 2015.

In 2015 the Scholarship was awarded to Anke Timm at Opera Australia. Anke, who was Opera Australia’s Community Partnerships Manager at the time of her application, undertook an international study tour to London, Berlin, Hamburg, Oslo, New York and Washington to research innovative arts projects that engage people of all ages and abilities as participants and audiences. More information about Anke Timm's scholarship. 

2014: Carl Nilsson-Polias

Carl Nilsson-Polias, 2014 Lloyd Martin scholarship winner
Carl Nilsson-Polias, Lloyd Martin Scholarship Winner 2014.

In 2014 the Scholarship was awarded to Carl Nilsson-Polias, at Sydney Theatre Company. Carl, Content Manager at STC, met with organisations that have made important innovations in translating shows and events into digital content, including the National Theatre in London, MoMA in New York and the US National Football League. More information about Carl Nilsson-Polias's scholarship. 


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