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Emerging artists given a leg-up with travelling scholarships

Up-and-coming Hunter artists are again being given the chance to broaden their creative horizons with the launch of the 2020 Brenda Clouten Memorial Travelling Scholarships for Young Achievers in Visual Arts.

The long-running scholarship, which began back in 2003, is aimed at giving Lower Hunter artists, aged under 30, the opportunity to study and advance their creative process overseas.

It was established by Largs couple Bruce and Vicki Woods, in honour of their friend Brenda Clouten who passed away after battling breast cancer and is hosted by Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG).

This year, two scholarships will be awarded – a winner’s scholarship of $5,000 and $3,000 for the runner-up.

“MRAG is excited to be partnering with Vicki and Bruce Woods to present this scholarship program,” gallery coordinator Kattie Bugeja said.

“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.” 

2018 recipient Leeroy Chapman travelled to Italy to attend a bespoke drawing class while runne-up Alessia Sakoff recently made her way to Japan to undertake a calligraphy masterclass.

With the 2018 iteration drawing the most entrants ever, Kattie added that she was hopeful of an even bigger pool this year.

“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,” she said.

“With two scholarships totalling $8,000, this is a major opportunity for emerging talent in the Hunter.”

Submissions are open until Friday 29 and all info and conditions of entry can be found here.

An exhibition of finalists will be held at MRAG from Saturday 29 August to Sunday 22 November. The winners will be announced on the exhibition’s opening night.

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. 

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