Earlier this year, 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.
The Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship is open to Australian artists aged between 20 and 30 years. The recipient is awarded $25000 and a 3-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, which is administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
The judges for the 2004 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship are artist Kevin Connor, Art Gallery of New South Wales Director Edmund Capon, and Barry Pearce, the Gallery's Head Curator of Australian Art.
Finalists' paintings will be exhibited at the Brett Whiteley Studio from Saturday 9 October to Sunday 28 November 2004.
The Brett Whiteley Studio is managed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.