George Mason Visual Art Scholarship

The George Mason Visual Arts Scholarship



The objective of the George Mason Visual Arts Scholarship is to assist a Year 13 student studying any of the five visual arts disciplines at a Taranaki secondary school to continue their visual arts study at a tertiary level, including design and architecture courses.

The Scholarship encourages not only academic achievers but also any student who demonstrates drive and motivation towards a career in visual arts. The Scholarship is awarded annually to the value of $3,000, to be paid as a one-off lump sum to the winning student on proof of enrolment for a visual arts tertiary education course.

The Scholarship is funded by the George Mason Trust and managed by the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. This includes administering the application and award process and promoting the Scholarship to Taranaki visual arts teachers and students through the Gallery’s website and marketing.


2021 Application Process

The closing date for Scholarship applications is Wednesday 27 October 2021.

Students nominate themselves by completing an online application form, which requires a written statement about their artwork, their tertiary study plans and a maximum of six images. Images should be attached as JPEGS (min. 1MB, max. 2MB) and individually attached to the online application.

To apply:

 - Students need to complete an online application form via the link below.

 - We advise using Google Chrome or Safari browsers to access the online form.

If you do not receive an email confirmation of your application please phone 06 7590858 or email


Link to Online Application Form


Selection criteria

Selection focuses on one final artwork from the student’s Year 13 portfolio, clearly titled and dated in the file name, supported by up to five additional images (this could be work in progress or completed Year 12 work and may include video stills), and the student’s artist statement. Images should be supplied as JPEGS (min. 1MB, max. 2MB) individually attached to the application email.

Applications are scored on three criteria; quality of ideas (70%), aesthetic skill (20%) and artist statement (10%). The figures in brackets indicate the priority given to students with a unique, consistent and personal perspective to art.


Selection panel

The selection panel is Chris Barry, Educator at Govett-Brewster (BFA & MFA Auckland University, Cert Adult Ed WITT); Simon Gennard, Assistant Curator Contemporary Art and Collections (MA Art History, Victoria University of Wellington) and Chanelle Carrick, Curator Pictorial Collections at Puke Ariki (MA Art History and Theory, University of Otago). No Taranaki school art teachers are on the panel to avoid any perceived conflict of interest.


Award of Scholarship

The Scholarship winner was announced on Wednesday 17 November 2021, with the student receiving payment once they have supplied proof of their enrolment in a Visual Arts tertiary education course of a minimum of three years’ diploma status.

An artwork and written statement from each year’s winning student will be ‘exhibited’ (and digitally archived) on the Govett-Brewster’s Student Scholarship webpage.

Winning students will be required to annually contact the Govett-Brewster Educator with proof of their continued enrolment in a Visual Arts tertiary education course, provide their grades for the previous year’s study and supply updated contact details. This is to enable tracking of the success of the Scholarship’s objective.