The Spiros Zournazis Memorial Fellowship has been initiated to support research into the Australian War Memorial’s extensive art collection by early career scholars. The biennial  Fellowship is open to honours or postgraduate students undertaking a thesis as part of their degree, or those who have completed a PhD within three years prior to application. Fellows are free to determine their own course of research provided it focuses primarily on the Memorial’s art collection. Scholars working in the fields of art history, cultural studies, museology, sociology and related disciplines may apply. Research projects that demonstrate methodological innovation are considered favourably.

The Fellowship is four weeks in duration and Fellows are awarded return airfares to Canberra (from within Australia), accommodation in a studio apartment at the Gorman House Arts Centre and a stipend of $2000. The Fellowship also includes office facilities and full access to the art collection and archive. Fellows are supported by Memorial curators and the Head of Art, and will have the opportunity to consult with Dr. Mary Zournazi, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of NSW and a specialist in global war and peace studies.

The Fellowship is funded through a generous bequest to the Australian War Memorial by Spiros Zournazis.

2015 Fellows

The Australian War Memorial is pleased to announce the inaugural Spiros Zournazis Memorial Fellows: Mr Paris Lettau and Dr Raquel Ormella.

Paris Lettau is a recent Honours Graduate in Art History at the University of Melbourne. During his Fellowship Paris will explore the Memorial’s art commissions through the official war art scheme, comparing past and contemporary projects and the changing concept of memorialisation.

Dr. Raquel Ormella was awarded a PhD in Visual Arts by the Australian National University in 2013, and her art has been exhibited widely for over a decade. Raquel will continue the two strands of her recent research: the first being the relationship between political language and national identity, and the second the relationships between humans and the natural environment. As a Fellow she will focus on the depiction of animals in works of art relating to the First World War, considering how depictions differ between those who were eye-witnesses of conflict and those who created works in the century since.


Applications for the next Fellowship will open in 2016.

About the Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.

About the art collection

The Memorial holds one of the most extensive and important collections of war related art in the world. The collection is comprised of almost 40,000 artworks in all media dating from the late 19th century to the present day. Thematically, the collection focuses on work that depicts and interprets the Australian experience of war, including its legacies for Australian society. It includes both commissioned and non-commissioned work by many of Australia’s most historically significant artists, including Arthur Streeton, George Lambert, Nora Heysen, Russell Drysdale, Grace Cossington-Smith, Albert Tucker and Sidney Nolan, as well as recent work by contemporary artists such as Julie Dowling, Shaun Gladwell, Tony Albert, Tom Nicholson and Ben Quilty. A partial catalogue of the collection is available online.

About Spiros Zournazis

Spiros Zournazis was born in Egypt on 24 April, 1924. Of Greek heritage, Spiros lived most of his early years in Cairo. During the Second World War he served in the Greek Army under British Command in North Africa. In 1963, with great hope and conviction, he migrated to Australia with his wife Ioanna Fissentzidis and his young family. Spiros was a dedicated father and humanitarian. Throughout his life he was committed to helping others and supporting education as the cornerstone of civic and public life. He was also a regular visitor to, and long-term Friend of, the Australian War Memorial. This Fellowship perpetuates Spiros’ compassion and generosity toward others, and his belief in the benefits of art and research for the wider community.

Spiros Zournazis as a young man.Spiros Zournazis as a young man.