First Nations Visual Arts Scholarship

First Nations Visual Arts Scholarship

Delivered in partnership with the Byron School of Art (BSA), the inaugural First Nations Visual Arts Scholarship will sponsor a First Nations artist to participate in a year-long Visual Arts Foundation Course. Designed to provide an extensive grounding in the Visual Arts, students will gain knowledge, skills and experience needed to form an integrated understanding of contemporary visual arts ideas and practices. 

Attuned to the needs of individual students, the course is suitable to both emerging artists who wish to establish their practice and established artists who wish to refine or expand. The structured studio program incorporates approaches to a number of disciplines including drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D studies, installation practice, digital media, design principles, colour theory, art history and critical thinking.  

Arts Northern Rivers Indigenous Arts Officer, Kylie Caldwell, said:

“Arts Northern Rivers is proud to initiate this Scholarship in support of the thriving culture of the Bundjalung Nation across the region. An education rich in creative arts maximises opportunities for artists to engage with explorative practice and various visual arts approaches.”

Since BSA’s establishment in 2013, the school has become internationally recognised for it’s model of artists teaching artists, providing practical pathways to meet the individual needs of both emerging and established artists. One of the Founding Directors, Michael Cusack, said:

“The Byron School of Art warmly welcomes this remarkable partnership with Arts Northern Rivers. The course provides hands on experiences in foundational arts training creating further pathways for emerging or established artists seeking to initiate or expand their creative ability.”

This scholarship will be supported by Arts Northern Rivers Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) funding as well as the Arts Northern Rivers Gift Fund. All donations to the Gift Fund over $2 are tax deductible and are welcomed to ensure the ongoing success of the Scholarship. For donations email

Intake for this preliminary course does not require previous experience, however examples of artistic ability and evident interest in visual art can be beneficial during the process. The 2021 BSA Visual Arts Foundation course will run for a total of 30 weeks on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at the Byron School of Art in Mullumbimby.

Applications closed!

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