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Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships and Awards

Hannah Quinlivan, Marking time, tracing memory, 2011, monotype on Hahnemühle 90 x 60 cm
Kate Vassallo
Heike Qualitz, The Impulsometer, 2009
Richard Blackwell, Wood Stack, 2008

ANU Scholarships

ANU offers a range of scholarships and other forms of support to commencing undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Browse available scholarships

School of Art Awards and Scholarships

Patrons of The School of Art also offer a range of awards and scholarships to students both at the end of undergraduate programs, and during graduate studies.

The Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS)

The Emerging Artists Support Scheme (EASS) was conceived in 1988 by then Director of the School of Art, Professor David Williams in conjunction with prominent local business people. Patrons of EASS have been very strong supporters of graduating students and emerging artists ever since. The vision is to provide a vehicle for corporate sector, institutional and individual Patrons with a tangible means of assisting talented emerging artists as they graduate from the ANU School of Art. EASS represents an opportunity for Patrons to acquire art work from graduates and to assist their development as part of the future of the Australia’s next generation of creative artists.

EASS Outcomes

Since its inception EASS funding and assistance has directly contributed to the ongoing success of ANU School of Art Graduates. Over the past 24 years EASS has awarded hundreds of students for their hard work and creative successes. The awards range from art magazine subscriptions and purchases of artworks through to studio residencies and exhibition opportunities. Many students have received national and international attention for their artistic endeavours and have had work acquired for public, private and corporate collections.

EASS Patrons' 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 in order to ensure first choice of works, This premium funds undergraduate and graduate EASS Scholarships, ensuring that recipients receive assistance during their studies.

EASS 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.

Over the past two decades the School of Art and EASS Patrons have handed out over 500 awards and assisted students through acquisition of works.

For a full list of EASS Awards since 2008 please visit the online archive

Download a 2012 EASS Policy Brochure

For further inquiries please contact Barbara McChonchie, School Manager +61 2 6125 3970

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.

Updated: 25 July 2016/ Responsible Officer:  Head of Office / Page Contact:  Web Publisher