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Visual Arts Scholarships Australia 2016 – 2017


1) Arro Home Design Scholarship For Early Career Designers 2016/ 2017

Donor: Arro Home
About: One year after taking the plunge and starting up business, the Arro Home team is happy to announce an amazing opportunity for early career designers. As a team of creatives, we at Arro Home recognise the value of community and early industry experience. It’s how we got to where we are today, and now we’re keen to give back.
The Arro Home Design Scholarship will be awarded to one talented up-and-comer (currently enrolled in university or TAFE) whose vision, like ours, is creative, contemporary, and driven by personality. For Arro Home, this is all about encouraging a talented and enthusiastic individual who is passionate about design.
The program will provide the chosen individual with a unique behind-the-scenes mentoring opportunity that aims to encourage and inspire. The recipient will develop important relationships and gain invaluable practical experience, helping them to push forward in the design industry.
Field of study: Design

  • Applicants must have been enrolled in an Australian tertiary institution in the year of application
  • Applicants must be willing to travel to Melbourne for the working day with Beci Orpin

How to apply: Applicants should push the boundaries with their entry by sending the following information to

  • Full Name
  • Email
  • Institution
  • Course or degree
  • 200 words or less explaining why you are passionate about design.

Closing date: November 1 annually
More information: Arro Home is a Melbourne-based homewares and lifestyle label. We’re focused on creating and collecting personal, modern pieces including rugs, sheet sets & cushions that encourage people to author their own homes.
16-20 Claremont St
South Yarra
Phone: Ph +61 3 9824 0485


2) Julie Miller Markoff Visual Arts Award 2016/ 2017

University Name: La Trobe University
Donor: Julie Miller Markoff
About: This award is administered by La Trobe University and was established from a donation by Julie Miller Markoff.  This award is to assist students in the transition from art school to the professional world of exhibition and industry. Students must be studying the Bachelor of Visual Arts and be based at either Bendigo or Mildura campus. This award is open to all third year, honours or postgraduate students to assist in the transition from art school to the professional world of exhibition and industry.
Field of study: Visual Arts
Eligibility: Applicants must be a student:

  • currently studying in third year, fourth year (Honours), or a Postgraduate course
  • studying the Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • based at either the Mildura or Bendigo campus
  • able to articulate the benefits of the award and direction that their work will take with the assistance of the award.

How to apply: Download and complete the Julie Miller Markoff Visual Arts Award Application Form [Word 52KB].Applications must be lodged by close of business, 30 September to the Visual Arts office or email: must include evidence of enrolment into full time final year undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the Bendigo/Mildura campus in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Closing date: 30 September annually
More information:


3) Marie Edwards Travelling Scholarship in Visual Arts, Craft and Design 2016/ 2017

University Name: University of Tasmania, Australia.
Donor: Marie Edwards
About: Marie Edwards, a graduate of the Tasmanian School of Art, holds a unique place in the Tasmanian art scene. During her ascent in the 1970s she was one of the few women artists in the State working seriously in the area of abstraction. Her works rank her amongst Tasmania’s finest women artists. She endowed this scholarship to enable postgraduate visual arts students to gain experience overseas to complement their study at UTAS. The scholarship can support a broad range of international projects and also assist self-funded residencies at the Rosamond McCulloch studio.
Field of study: Visual Arts, Craft And Design.
Eligibility: Available to students currently undertaking postgraduate study in, or within three years of graduation from, visual arts, craft or design at the University of Tasmania. The scholarship can be used to assist with self-funded residencies at the McCulloch Studio in Paris (separate application form required: available from Tasmanain College of the Arts, Hobart).
How to apply: Complete the Marie Edwards Travelling Scholarship Application form available from Reception at the Tasmanian School of Art (ph 03 6226 4300)
(i) Attach to it a brief CV and a detailed two-page statement of the purpose of your proposed travel.
(ii) Provide images of your current work with the application form and an artist’s statement as detailed.

Applications must be sent directly to Suan Lee, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Private Bag 57, Hobart Tas 7001
Closing date: 5 September, annually
Contact: Call Reception at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hobart on (03) 6226 4300 or the UTAS Scholarships Office at


4) The Georgina and Max Melville Memorial Scholarship 2016/ 2017

University Name: UNSW Art & Design
About: The Georgina and Max Melville Memorial Scholarship promotes the creativity of mature age Australian artists by providing financial assistance to visit centres of artistic relevance in Europe such as galleries and museums.
Field of study: Visual Arts
Eligibility: Applicants must be:

  • UNSW Art & Design students enrolled full-time in either year 3 or 4 of their Undergraduate degree; or students enrolled full-time in a Coursework Masters program who have completed at least 1 full-time semester of their program
  • Australian citizens or permanent residents

How to apply: apply online via the UNSW Scholarships website:
More information:

  • Each applicant will be assessed on the basis of academic merit, aptitude and commitment to the preferred program of study, talent and reasons for undertaking the program of study.
  • Applicants must submit details regarding their proposed study/travel plan to visit centres of artistic relevance in Europe, such as galleries and museums and must also outline the benefit the opportunity for travel will bring to their learning.
  • Applicants will also need to provide a personal statement addressing the Selection Criteria.

Closing date: 30 November annually
Contact: UNSW Scholarships Office
Tel: +61 2 9385 1078


5) Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships 2016/ 2017

Donor: Gordon Samstag
About: The University of South Australia, on behalf of the trustee of the estate of Gordon Samstag, late of Naples, Florida USA, offers scholarships to visual arts graduates and students from Australia each year. The scholarships are awarded in memory of Gordon Samstag, formerly a member of the academic staff of the South Australian School of Art, and of his wife Anne.
The scholarships are intended to enable Australian artists to further their studies in the visual arts overseas.
Field of study: Visual Arts
Eligibility: An applicant must:

  • be over the age of 18 years at the date when applications close;
  • be an Australian citizen, or have permanent resident status in Australia; and
  • be a student, currently enrolled in a “visual arts program” at an institution of higher education in Australia, who has successfully completed at least 2 years full time (or equivalent part time), or be a graduate (of not more than 5 years’ standing at the date when applications close) of a “visual arts program” at an institution of higher education in Australia.
    • “Visual arts program” means for this purpose the equivalent of a practice-led visual art undergraduate degree or post-graduate qualification offered by the University of South Australia through the South Australian School of Art.
    • Undergraduate Diploma and Certificate visual arts programs are not considered equivalent to university-level programs, and graduates of such programs alone are not eligible for Samstag Scholarships.
    • Previous Samstag Scholarship recipients are not eligible

How to apply: Applicants are advised to read the Guidelines for Applicants before completing the Samstag Scholarships Application Form.
Contact the SAMSTAG Museum via the contact details below for a current application form.
Closing date: 30 June, annually
More Information: Download the SAMSTAG Application Guidelines (pdf) for further information.
Contact: Correspondence on scholarship grants and application enquiries should be addressed to:
Samstag Museum of Art
University of South Australia
GPO Box 2471
Adelaide SA 5001
(08) 8302 0870

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