Friends of the University of Newcastle
2016 Margaret Olley Postgraduate Scholarship & 2016 Student Art Prize
The Friends of the University of Newcastle play a vital role in the development and support of scholarships for the university and fundraise, mainly through the biennial Book Fair, for the university and its community.
This year, the Friends of the University of Newcastle are again sponsoring the 2016 Student Art Prize. Two winners will be awarded $1,000 each, and their work will be acquired for the university’s art collection. The Student Art Prize assists in the growth of the university’s art collection, ensuring that it remains relevant to our region with contemporary work for future generations to enjoy. The judges for the 2016 exhibition are Dr Una Rey, artist, curator, and lecturer in Art History and Theory, and Newcastle-based artist, James Drinkwater, winner of the 2014 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and finalist in the 2016 Sir John Sulman Prize.
The Friends of the University of Newcastle also sponsor the annual Margaret Olley Postgraduate Scholarship, named in honour of distinguished Australian artist and philanthropist Margaret Olley. The scholarship was created to support exemplary postgraduate research in the creative industries, and the successful recipient in 2016 will receive $2,000 to assist them in their work.
The exhibition at the University Gallery will display the finalists of both the Student Art Prize and the Margaret Olley Postgraduate Scholarship, with awards announced at 5:30pm on Thursday 22 September.
Please join us for the exhibition opening at the University Gallery to be launched by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Professor Andrew Parfitt: