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Emerging Arts Support Scheme (EASS)

Emerging Artist Support Scheme

EASS Awards 2015
EASS Awards 2015
EASS Awards 2015
EASS Awards 2015
EASS Awards 2015, PhotoAccess staff Jan Falsone and Claire Capel-Stanley with award winners Casey and Mikhalia
EASS Awards 2015, The Megalo crew with their award recipients Estelle, Alycia and Rebecca


The Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) was conceived in 1988 by then Director of the School of Art Professor David Williams. It gives Patrons of the School of Art the opportunity to support students both at the end of undergraduate programs, and during graduate studies.

EASS is ideal for corporate sector, institutional and individual patrons with a tangible means of assisting emerging artists. By supporting graduates, patrons assist in the development of Australia’s next generation of contemporary artists. Awards range from materials and magazine subscriptions, through to studio residencies, exhibition opportunities, and acquisitions of artwork for public, private and corporate collections.

Information for patrons

Why become an EASS Patron?

Help establish the careers of emerging artists. Materials, studio space, cash, or the chance to exhibit work is hugely beneficial for artists at this pivotal stage in their career.

Contribute to the local community. EASS awards gives artists an incentive to live and work in Canberra, keeping the city’s art spaces vibrant and energetic.

Start an art collection! It’s an investment - who knows how much these works will be worth in thirty years.

Create a national profile for our graduates. Nurturing artist practice now can help make national icons in the future.

How to become an EASS Patron:

1. Get in touch! Contact Waratah Lahy at

2. Come to the EASS Patrons Day. There is no obligation to promise an award, and contributions can change year to year.

How it works:

Acquisition Awards:

At the Patrons’ Preview, and with the advice and assistance of School of Art staff and volunteers, the EASS Patrons have first choice to purchase work from the Graduating Students Exhibition for their own collections or to nominate them for various awards and prizes. These will be presented in the name of the Patron at the opening ceremony of the exhibition. For work purchased through the EASS scheme, Patrons pay a premium of 50% on top of the listed price, which funds undergraduate and graduate EASS Scholarships, ensuring that recipients receive assistance during their studies.

Non-Aquisitive Awards:

The EASS Non-Acquisitive Awards allows Patrons to donate funds and/or other awards such as residencies, exhibitions and prizes. There is no charge for the servicing of non-acquisitive awards. The nominated students receive the Patron’s named award, and the ANU School of Art asks that appropriate recognition of the program (ANU School of Art EASS) is acknowledged on all publication and media material related to the award. The School undertakes to provide logos and by-lines for residency recipients and to acknowledge Patrons in its reports and publications.

Opportunities continue to exist for Patrons who wish to develop sponsorship to suit their particular requirements, eg. loan collection, acquisition, scholarships, prizes, awards, residencies, commissions and endowments.

On behalf of its students, the Australian National University School of Art extends its appreciation for the continuing support of its Patrons.

Previous EASS award winners

Graduating Exhibition Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) Awards 2016

  The ANU School of Art EASS Awards were announced at the opening of the Graduating Exhibition on November 25 2016. Award winners are selected for their work in the Graduating Exhibition by EASS Patrons, who offer support through residencies, exhibition, materials, subscriptions, acquisitions, and cash prizes.  For more...

Graduating Exhibition Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) Awards 2015

The School of Art's Emerging Artist Support Scheme, otherwise known as EASS, offers a range of awards and prizes to graduating students. Patrons of EASS viewed the Graduating Exhibition on Wednesday 25 November and selected the recipients of their awards, which range from subscriptions, cash and materials through to exhibitions...

Graduating Exhibition Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) Awards 2014

EASS Awards 2014 The School of Art is very proud of our Emerging Artist Support Scheme, otherwise known as EASS. Patrons of EASS come to a special preview of the graduating exhibition and offer a range of awards and prizes to our graduates - anything from subscriptions, cash and materials through to exhibitions and residencies. Both...

EASS Awards 2013

Awards, Prizes and Scholarships The Peter and Lena Karmel Anniversary Prize Chris Sutevski ACT Legislative Assembly Prize Harrison Tucker, ACT Legislative Assembly Prize Kael Stasce, ACT Legislative Assembly Special Mention Martin Rowney Boronia Award Tim Wallace Ruth White John and Elizabeth Baker...

EASS Awards 2012

Scholarships Peter and Lena Karmel Anniversary Award Hannah Beasely Embassy of Spain Torres Scholarship  Thomas Farrell John and Elizabeth Baker Honours Scholarship for Sculpture Anthea Parsons Bursaries, Memberships, Subscriptions & Material Awards ANU Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies...

EASS Awards 2011

Awards The Canberra Eye Hospital Exhibition Opportunity Award • Ruby Green • Cecelia Ng • Andrew Babington The Eckersley’s Art & Craft Materials Award • Hannah Bath The Canberra Museum and Gallery Showcase Exhibition Award • Merryn Sommerville Hiroe and Cornell Swen Hand-building Award Ashley...

EASS Awards 2010

Awards • Rimington Award – Sonja Kalenjuk, Rhys Jones, Christian Maron, Savina Radosavljevic • Thor’s Hammer Materials Award – Elliot Bastianon • Turner’s Building Supplies Award – Ed Collett • The M&G Industrial Supplies Award – Amy Fiveash • The Australian Wood...

EASS Awards 2009

Awards • Clayworks materials award – Lucas Boswell  • Walkers Ceramics materials award – Anna Chicos  Hiroe and Cornell Swen Award • Lucas Boswell  Research School of Asia and Pacific Studies Award  • Melinda Heal for her Wren and Wattle Series Australian Decorative and Fine...

EASS Awards 2008

Awards • Clayworks – Gosia Pilat • Walker Ceramics – Angela Francic  • Hiroe and Cornell Swen – Gosia Pilat  • Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society – Ruth Oliphant Susan Stratigos Willson to present • Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies – Phoebe Knight...

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