Two lucky VCE art students from local secondary schools will be the recipients of a new scholarship established by Salt Contemporary Art to mark the 10th anniversary of the popular Queenscliff gallery. To celebrate this significant milestone the gallery will award the scholarships to two local art students who are passionate about art and dedicated to their artistic practice.
Director of Salt Contemporary, Fiona Kelly, says the scholarships offer a significant opportunity for art students who face many obstacles in their quest to become an artist.
“It is very difficult to be a successful, practising artist in Australia. We’d like to make it a little easier for two students who have demonstrated a strong desire to pursue the visual arts but for whom, without our assistance and support would find it that much more difficult to reach their goals. It’s a small start but one that we hope will go on to be an annual program.”
The Salt Scholarships, valued at $2500 each, offer a sizeable ‘voucher’ for purchasing art materials, a cash component to assist with art study related expenses, a mentoring program with artist David Beaumont, and an opportunity to exhibit at Salt Contemporary.
The Salt Scholarship will be awarded to two students currently studying VCE art at Bellarine Secondary College and Newcomb Secondary College (one scholarship for each). The gallery will work in conjunction with senior staff from both secondary colleges to select the successful applicants.
Proceeds from a special exhibition, 10×10: Celebrating the First Decade of Salt Contemporary Art will be used to fund the scholarship. Artists from Salt Contemporary have created works ten inches square which will be unveiled during a celebratory cocktail party to be held on Saturday 5 April when guests will be able to purchase treasured artworks of their favourite artists.
Nicola Moss is one of thirty artists contributing to the fundraising show and has forged a strong connection with the gallery over the past five years. She has donated two artworks to the exhibition.
“I began showing work with Salt Contemporary Art in 2009, and it’s been a wonderfully supportive relationship right from the start,” Nicola says. “I congratulate Salt on connecting with and supporting their local community in this way. I can remember my high school days of fine art studies and am certain this will be a much appreciated and substantial opportunity for the students selected.”
Fiona Kelly acknowledges the support of the gallery’s artists and clients, and is looking forward to the next ten years directing a successful gallery.
“We know we couldn’t possibly have achieved this without the ongoing support of both our clients and also the artists who entrust their work to us,” Fiona says. “Over the last ten years we have gone from strength to strength as we continue to represent some of the finest contemporary art practitioners from all around Australia.”