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Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship 2011

Left: Becky Gibson Broadway site # 1 2010 Collection of the artist; Right: Becky Gibson Redfern park site 2010 Private collection © Becky Gibson

Becky Gibson, 26, from Chippendale, Sydney, has won the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship for her body of work, represented by Broadway site # 1 2010.

Becky Gibson attended the National Art School in Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2006. She was a Highly Commended finalist of the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2009. Becky is interested in developing a series of new works that look at merging the themes of erased landscapes and memory.

This year’s judges were artist Colin Lanceley and the Gallery’s head of Australian art, Wayne Tunnicliffe. “I thought Becky’s work showed sophistication in her handling, her use of paint, the way she understood form and colour and particularly how sophisticated her technique was dealing with it. Her work was personal and I think she is a perfect recipient for the scholarship,” said Colin Lanceley.

Eighty-seven entries were received from around Australia, five of which are included in the online finalists exhibition. The winning entry and a small selection of works will be on show at the Brett Whiteley Studio from Saturday 10 September until Sunday 27 November 2011.

The judges have also noted that James Drinkwater, 27, from Newcastle, be highly commended. James is represented by Damien Minton Gallery in Sydney.

All five finalists and the winner’s body of work can be viewed online:

View online finalists exhibition
View winner Becky Gibson’s body of work

About the scholarship

In November 1959 Brett Whiteley was awarded the Italian Government Travelling Art Scholarship for 1960, judged by Sir Russell Drysdale at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Inspired by the profound effect the Scholarship had on the work of her son, the late Mrs Beryl Whiteley in 1999 generously made funds available to establish a scholarship in his memory.

Each year, Australian artists aged between 20 and 30 are invited to submit applications for the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. Judged by a guest artist and the head of Australian art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the scholarship is awarded to a talented young artist with an established body of work, who is best able to demonstrate the use and benefit of the scholarship to further his/her art education in Europe.

“The lovely thing is that they don’t just spend three months in Paris. They all go on, to Spain, Madrid, London, New York. They work very hard; they don’t miss a trick,” said Beryl Whiteley in 2004.

The scholarship comprises an amount of $25 000 and a three-month residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, which is administered by the Art Gallery of NSW. The $25 000 must be used by the successful applicant to further his or her art education in Europe for a period of at least six months, three months of which must be used in conjunction with the residency.

Scholarship selection process & entry requirements

10 Sep – 27 Nov 2011

Fri–Sun only


Free admission

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills