Scholarships send young artists on their way into the wider world
The 2020 Brenda Clouten Memorial Travelling Scholarships for Young Achievers in Visual Arts are now open to for young Hunter based artists, providing a unique opportunity for overseas travel and study.
The scholarships are open to artists aged 30 or under from the Lower Hunter including Maitland, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Muswellbrook and Singleton. They are awarded on the basis of artistic merit and potential, and are designed to help the recipients undertake a program of professional development in an international context.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) Gallery Coordinator Kattie Bugeja says, ‘MRAG is excited to be partnering with Vicki and Bruce Woods to present this scholarship program. In 2018 we had the largest pool of entrants in the scholarship’s history, and as a result the exhibition of the finalists’ work was outstanding. Our two winners have or are currently travelling and making art overseas.’
2018 recipient Leeroy Chapman travelled to Italy to participate in a bespoke drawing class and runner up Alessia Sakoff has recently embarked for Japan to complete a calligraphy masterclass.
‘We are scouting for another brilliant and diverse group of finalists in 2020 and I want to encourage young artists to speak to us in the coming months about their work and aspirations. With two scholarships totalling $8,000, this is a major opportunity for emerging talent in the Hunter.’
The exhibition of finalists vying for the two scholarships of $5,000 and $3,000 will be held at MRAG from 29 August to 22 November 2020, with the scholarship winners announced at the opening on Saturday 29 August 2020.
Submissions for the Brenda Clouten Memorial Scholarship close on Friday 29 May 2020. All information and conditions of entry can be downloaded from mrag.org.au. For more information call 4934 9859 or email firstname.lastname@example.org