In 2004 Mrs Beryl Whiteley was awarded an OAM for the creation and endowment of the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. The inspiration for this annual scholarship was the profound effect of international travel and study experienced by her son, Brett Whiteley, as a result of winning the Italian Travelling Art Scholarship at the age of 20.
"Winning the scholarship put Brett in the right place at the right time. After six months in Italy, he arrived in London with a folio of studies and drawings to approach the art galleries. He could hardly believe his good luck when at the end of his first day he had an offer of a one-man show at the Molton Gallery and a mixed show at McRoberts and Tunnard," said Mrs Whiteley.
Now in its eighth year, the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship is open to Australian artists aged between 20 and 30 years. The recipient is awarded $25 000 and a 3-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, which is administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
This year the BWTAS attracted 119 applicants and there are 22 finalists.
The judges for the 2006 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship are Garry Shead, artist, Edmund Capon, Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and Barry Pearce, Head Curator Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales.
The Brett Whiteley Studio is managed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. List of finalists to be announced on the day.