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. 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 in a Visual Arts tertiary education course.

The Scholarship is managed by the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. This includes administrating the application and award process and promoting the Scholarship to Taranaki visual arts teachers and students through the gallery’s website and education brochure.


Application process

Due to technical difficulties the application closing date has been EXTENDED to 5pm, Monday 2 September 2019.
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Students nominate themselves by completing an application form which requires a written statement about the student’s artwork and their tertiary study plans and a maximum of six images. Applications should be emailed to with the student’s name and George Mason Visual Arts Scholarship Application written in the subject box.


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 a maximum of five relevant 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 contextural awareness (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); Peter Avison, former tutor in Printmaking, Sculpture and Visual Art Theory at WITT (BA Fine Art SACAE Adelaide, MFA Auckland University); 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 will be announced on Wedneday 30 October 2019 and the student will receive 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 schools’ scholarship page within the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’s website.  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.