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Previous winners of the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship with Wendy Whiteley (left to right): Alan Jones, Nicole Kelly, Nathan Hawkes, Becky Gibson, Belem Lett, Wendy Whiteley, James Drinkwater, Mitch Cairns

Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

Applications for 2020 are now open

About the scholarship

The Brett Whiteley Studio, administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, awards an annual travelling art scholarship to a talented artist aged 20-30 with an established body of work who is best able to demonstrate the use and benefit of the scholarship to further their art education in Europe. Due to COVID-19, for the 2020 scholarship, we will offer residencies within Australia instead.

Mrs Beryl Whiteley (1917–2010) generously allocated funds for the scholarship in memory of her son, Brett Whiteley, both to encourage excellence in painting and to offer young artists the same opportunity to develop their careers as were afforded to her son.

The 2020 scholarship will consist of five recipients each receiving $10,000 and a two-week residency in the Kangaroo Valley, Southern Highlands, NSW. This is administered by the Shark Island Institute, in consultation with the Brett Whiteley Studio and the Art Gallery of NSW. The two-week residency will occur from Monday 16 November to Sunday 29 November 2020 with a curriculum and various events and programs produced by the Brett Whiteley Studio. All five recipients will complete the residency at the same time.

To be considered for selection, an applicant must comply with all entry instructions and conditions.

How much does it cost?

In 2020, there is no charge for entry.

Key dates for 2020

  • Scholarship residency period: continuous occupancy 16 – 29 November 2020 at the Shark Island Institute Kangaroo Valley, NSW for all five recipients and must be taken at this time.
  • Applicant eligibility period: born between 22 May 1989 and 31 July 2000 inclusive, an Australian citizen since at least 22 May 2018, and living in Australia between 22 May and 14 October 2020
  • Date of works: completed 22 May 2019 – 31 July 2020
  • Applications open: 8 July 2020
  • Applications close: 31 July 2020, 5pm
  • Applicants notified of shortlist: 27 August 2020
  • Delivery deadline for shortlisted works: By appointment Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays only, 1¬18 September 2020
  • Recipients announced: 14 October 2020
  • Exhibition: 15 October – 15 November 2020

Instructions and conditions


The applicant must, on the closing date for applications, be aged between 20 and 30 and have been an Australian citizen for at least two years. They must also be living in Australia during the scholarship application/announcement period: see Key Dates above.

The work

  • The applicant must submit images of TEN works.
  • AT LEAST FIVE of the works must be PAINTINGS. The other works may be in other media.
  • The applicant must nominate ONE of the paintings as the work they would prefer the judges to consider in competition for the scholarship.
  • All works must have been created during the specified period: see Key Dates above.
  • All works must NOT exceed the size limit of 100 × 150 cm (either landscape or portrait orientation).

Images of the work

When filling out the form, the applicant must:

  • upload one jpeg image of each of the ten artworks
  • complete the information in the accompanying fields: title, year, medium and size (height x width in centimetres)
  • flag one of the paintings as their nominated work

Each jpeg image file should be:

  • less than 5MB
  • between 1024px and 4096px on the longest side
  • not include special characters such as !@#$%^&*()’?

Awarding the scholarship

The scholarship is judged by an artist selected by Studio and Gallery staff.

The judge may, at their discretion, nominate any other paintings from the submitted images as the work for consideration instead of the work nominated by the applicant.

The judge will select a shortlist of applicants. All applicants will be notified of the outcome.

Shortlisted applicants must deliver the requested work or works to the Brett Whiteley Studio, 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010 by the specified date for a second round of judging: see Key Dates above.

The applicant is responsible, both financially and logistically, for their application and for the delivery and return of their artwork. All associated costs, including postage, freight and insurance, are to be borne by the applicant.

The Studio and Gallery recommends each shortlisted applicant maintains their own insurance for packing and transit to and from the Studio. Works will be covered whilst in the care, custody or control of the Studio and Gallery with cover commencing upon receipt of delivery at the Studio until such time as the work is collected from the Studio.

The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The five scholarship recipients will each receive payment of $10,000. The scholarship will provide a two-week studio residency for all five recipients at the same time in the Kangaroo Valley, Southern Highlands, NSW.

Exhibiting the work(s)

The scholarship recipients grant the Studio and Gallery permission to display the work(s) in an exhibition for the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship at the Studio or such other venue as the Studio and Gallery may in their absolute discretion determine (see Key Dates above).

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the original work(s) is available for these purposes, whether or not they are the owner of the work(s).

The scholarship recipients agree to make themselves available for the purposes of scholarship-related events, promotion and publicity at times and dates and in places reasonably requested by the Studio and Gallery.

Original and non-infringing work(s)

The applicant warrants that the works are their original work and do not infringe the copyright, moral rights or other rights of any third party.

Licensing the work(s)

If selected as a scholarship recipient, the applicant grants to the Gallery a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual licence to reproduce (including photograph) the work(s) in material form, publish and communicate the work(s) to the public for the following purposes, and anything incidental to such purposes: marketing, publicity, educational, publication (for sale or otherwise) and archival uses of the Studio and Gallery in relation to the scholarship and its exhibition in all media, including electronic/digital, broadcasting and print media.

The licence above includes the right to sublicense to the Studio and Gallery’s scholarship partners and sponsors in accordance with its agreements with those persons.

Any merchandising rights (other than publications) are not included in the licence and would be agreed separately.

It is the applicant’s responsibility, not the Studio’s or Gallery’s, to advise any purchaser of the work(s), or rights in the work(s), of these licensed rights.

Moral rights

The Studio and Gallery will attribute the artist when exhibiting, reproducing or publishing the work(s) or communicating the work(s) to the public, unless it is reasonable in all the circumstances not to do so, or the artist has consented in writing, and the Studio and Gallery will use its reasonable endeavours to ensure that scholarship partners and sponsors do the same. The artist consents to the display of the work(s), including in relation to any other work in relation to the exhibition and the scholarship.

The Studio and Gallery will generally reproduce the work(s) in full. However, details of the work(s) may be used under the licence above at the Studio and Gallery’s discretion, and the artist consents to any such use. The Studio and Gallery will not make other material changes to the work(s) without the prior written consent of the artist, unless it is reasonable in all the circumstances to do so, and will use its reasonable endeavours to ensure that scholarship partners and sponsors do the same.

Force majeure

Where, for any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Studio and Gallery (including, for example, earthquake; flood; fire; act of God; terrorism; pandemic; government directions, orders or regulations; labour strikes or other emergency event), the Studio and Gallery are prevented or materially hindered from holding the scholarship or an exhibition of works then it may vary, postpone or cancel the scholarship by notice in writing to that effect to the applicants and by a notice on its website.

Personal information

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Applications closed