An architect is among seven recipients to be awarded the Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship – a prize that allows young artists for the chance to explore, study and develop their talents interstate and abroad.
Cave Urban co-founder Jed Long was selected for the architecture category of the award, along with six other recipients across the fields of acting, ballet, painting, prose, sculpture and singing.
Long’s practice has created large-scale public works for events and organizations such as the Sydney Biennale, Art and About, and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Cave Urban sites at the intersection of art and architecture, creating civic gestures for the private and public sectors.
The scholarships, administered by the Australia Council for the Arts, are valued at $50,000 each, payable in quarterly installations over two years, and provide financial support for successful applicants.
Australia Council chief executive Adrian Collette said the scholarships offer “life-changing opportunities for young people to pursue education and training and develop their creative talents.”
Long said he intends to use the scholarship to undertake research, engaging with leading institutions, designers and companies interested in developing laminate bamboo products for architectural application.
Bamboo is a strong, flexible and sustainable material that retains less water than its traditional counterparts, making it both light and durable, and takes only three to six years to reach maturity, making it an extremely sustainable building material. Long is curious about investigating the translation of traditional bamboo construction into contemporary building practice.
Long is interested in design with an emphasis on sustainability and community engagement, and with his scholarship, he also plans to undertake a series of mentorships in Indonesia.
For more information on the Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship, visit the Australia Council website.