The highly prestigious Scholarship to the value of $25,000 includes a three-month residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris administered by the Art Gallery of NSW. She was chosen from a field of 87 young artists (all under 30) and a final selection of just 5. James Drinkwater and Nicholas Fintan were highly commended. The judges were artist Colin Lanceley and the AGNSW’s Head of Australian Art Wayne Tunnicliffe. Gallery Director Edmund Capon presented the award (not before receiving a bottle of champagne himself, to mark his retirement later this year). Becky Gibson made a short speech of thanks and paid particular tribute to Beryl Whiteley (Brett’s mother) responsible for the creation and endowment of the Scholarship, who died last year. The small crowd of artists, art world figures and media gathered at the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills included doyenne Wendy Whiteley in her signature headscarf and statement jewelry.
Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship 2011 on view 10th Sep – 27th Nov, Brett Whiteley Studio, 2 Raper Street Surry Hills 2010, Sydney Australia, open Saturdays & Sundays only from 10am-4pm. www.brettwhiteley.org