January 15, 2019

Last chance to apply for $4000 bursary to help young artist

There is just under one week left for young Mackay artists to apply for the 2019 Artspace Mackay Foundation $4,000 Hands On Bursary.
Applications now open for the 2019 recipient, close next Monday 21 January.
For a decade, the Foundation has been offering a helping hand to local students pursuing a career in the visual arts. Helping to foster the next generation of arts professionals from our region.
Last year, the Foundation upped the ante and increased the “Hands On” Bursary from $1000 to $4000. This means young artists can have the opportunity to further their creative careers more than ever before. 
Foundation president Julie Boyd said a career in visual arts required considerable expense and the boosted $4000 bursary helped to alleviate that strain.
“Equipment, supplies, textbooks and software are all expensive, as is moving away to study,” Mrs Boyd said.
“However, many past bursary recipients have told us that where the money really made a difference was when it came time to exhibit and presenting their works for assessment.”

To be eligible for the “Hands On” Bursary, you must be a local resident aged 17-25 either currently studying, or have applied to study, with a recognised arts tertiary course in 2019.
All young artists interested in applying for the bursary must provide the foundation with a letter outlining why they should be considered, a resume of artistic achievements and a disc or USB stick of images of their works.
Applications close next Monday, January 21, 2019, with the winner to be announced in early February.
For further information contact Artspace Mackay Foundation Executive Officer Melissa Broadhurst on 4951 2299 or email

For more information visit Artspace Mackay's website
The Hands On Bursary is in honour of the late Rick Wood who was one of the Mackay’s most celebrated artists. His service and enthusiasm for the arts was an inspiration to many young students of the creative arts.

Image: Linnea Freeman 2018 Hands on Bursary recipient accepts her award from artist Leonie Wood and Cr. Greg Williamson Mayor of Mackay Regional Council.
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