New national travelling scholarship up for grabs
  • Wednesday 21 April 2010

Sculptors, designers and other 3D artists have until the end of May to scoop a rare art prize offered by Sunshine Coast Council through the Noosa Regional Gallery.

The Travelling Scholarship has grown into a national contemporary art prize presented by council and principal partner, Friends Noosa Regional Gallery Inc. The prize plugs a gap for artists working three-dimensional fields who have limited grant, prize or scholarship opportunities designed specifically for the 3D medium.

Australian artists, designers and craftspeople working in any 3D medium are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity and have until 31 May to submit their entries in one of three categories including Open, Tertiary and Secondary. The winner of the open section will receive $12,000 plus a solo exhibition at the Noosa Regional Gallery.

The purpose of the scholarship is to enable the winner to undertake study or training interstate or overseas. This may be through a recognised art institution, participation in short-term workshops or study with a nominated artist. Forty finalists will be selected from entries submitted to a pre-selection panel. The finalist exhibition will be held at the Noosa Regional Gallery from 29 July - 29 August 2010.

The additional student prizes of Tertiary and Secondary are open to only Sunshine Coast students. For the Tertiary prize the winner will receive a $2000 scholarship towards study overseas or in Australia, plus an exhibition in the Foyer Space of the Noosa Regional Gallery. The Secondary Student prize is $1000 towards study programs in Australia.

There will also be a People’s Choice Award where members of the public can vote for their favourite artist. The winner of this award will be announced 20 August 2010.

Entries close on 31 May and a $25 entry fee applies. Tertiary and secondary students pay $10. To apply online or for more details visit Noosa Gallery Website.

To coincide with the launch of this new format for the scholarship, Catherine Fisk, winner of last year’s Travelling Scholarship will be exhibiting at the Noosa Regional Gallery work from her recent trip to The Slade School of Fine Art in London.

“I would definitely encourage any artist to apply because even the application process creates a mindset that there is always more to learn, more things to see and more experiences to be had,” Ms Fisk said.