For the first time in its 22 year history, the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship has been awarded to, not one, but five artists. Each of them receives $10,000 and the offer of a two-week residency at Shark Island Institute in Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales.
Congratulations Charlie Ingemar Harding (Victoria), Emily Grace Imeson (NSW), Dan Kyle (NSW), Lily Platts (NSW) and Georgia Spain (Tasmania).
‘I’m really looking forward to seeing what these young artists produce during the residency at Shark Island Institute where they have the opportunity to work together, should they wish,’ said 2020 guest judge, Lucy Culliton.
Curated by Wendy Whiteley, works from each artists’ winning body of work will be on display at the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills, Sydney, from 15 October to 15 November 2020. The exhibition will also include works by finalists Amelia Carroll, Alice Palmer, Cosima Scales, Ondine Seabrook, Lilli Stromland and Christopher Zanko.
Art Gallery of New South Wales Director, Michael Brand, said that in one of the most challenging years the arts community has ever experienced he’s delighted that the Scholarship could be awarded, albeit in a different format.
‘That the Scholarship this year is shared between five artists instead of a single artist speaks to the moment we’re in, where we all need to work together and find new ways of thinking for the benefit of our community.
‘The Scholarship remains a prestigious, national painting award and I welcome all five recipients to the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship alumni who have, like Brett Whiteley before them, had their worlds open up as a result of being offered this opportunity to spend time creating work in a new location,’ Brand said.
‘I thank Shark Island Institute for hosting this year’s two-week residency when we couldn’t offer a residency at the Gallery’s Cite Internationale des Arts studio in Paris. I’ve no doubt each recipient will find inspiration immersed in the stunning landscape of Kangaroo Valley in regional New South Wales,’ Brand added.
The residency will take place from 16 to 29 November 2020 (COVID restrictions pending). During the residency, the young artists will be offered a mentoring session by Ben Quilty, a former recipient of the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship.