Art Gallery of NSW

Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

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.

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 scholarship consists of $40,000 and a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, which is administered by the Gallery.

The $40,000 must be used by the successful applicant to further their art education in Europe for at least six months (including the three-month Cité residency) at the specified time.

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

How much does it cost?

$20 handling fee to be paid by credit/debit card when filling in the online form.


Key dates for 2020

  • Scholarship residency period: continuous occupancy July – September 2021
  • Applicant eligibility period: born between 22 May 1989 and 22 May 2000 inclusive, an Australian citizen since at least 22 May 2018, and living in Australia between 22 May and 5 August 2020
  • Date of works: completed 22 May 2019 – 22 May 2020
  • Applications open: 27 April 2020
  • Applications close: 22 May 2020, 5pm
  • Applicants notified of shortlist: 10 June 2020
  • Delivery deadline for shortlisted works: By appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays only, 16 June – 1 July 2020
  • Finalists and winner announced: 5 August 2020
  • Exhibition: 6 August – 30 August 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.

From the shortlist, finalists and a winner will be selected.

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.

Neither the Studio nor the Gallery will be responsible for any loss or damage whatsoever, and however caused, to any work while in the Studio’s custody. Each applicant is responsible for maintaining their own insurance.

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

The scholarship recipient will receive payment of $40,000 paid in six instalments to the recipient’s nominated bank account. The initial instalment of $10,000 will be paid one month before starting the tenancy, followed by five monthly instalments of $6000. The scholarship provides three-month rental of the Cité studio in Paris during the specified period and payments must be used to cover the costs of travel, monthly maintenance fee to the Cité authorities and living expenses during the period in Europe.

Exhibiting the work(s)

The applicant grants the Gallery permission to display the work(s) in that year’s exhibition of selected finalists 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 winning applicant agrees 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 work(s) is original and does not infringe the copyright, moral rights or other rights of any third party.

Licensing the work(s)

The winner/finalist grants to the Studio and Gallery a non-exclusive licence to reproduce the work(s) in material form, to photograph, publish and/or communicate it to the public for the following scholarship-related purposes, and anything incidental to such purposes, by the Studio, Gallery and sponsors: for marketing, publicity, educational and publication uses for the Studio and Gallery, the scholarship and its exhibition in all media, including but not limited to electronic/digital, broadcasting and print media, in perpetuity.

Permission to so reproduce the work(s) must be conveyed by the artist to any purchaser of the work(s).

Where reasonable, the Studio and Gallery will attribute the artist as the author of the work(s) and reproduce the work(s) in full. Details of the work(s) may be used at the discretion of the Studio and Gallery.

Applications close
22 May 2020
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