Schol­ar­ship sends artists on their way

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT

AS­PIR­ING artists in Townsville are en­cour­aged to lodge ap­pli­ca­tions for the 2017 Matt Clark Trav­el­ling Schol­ar­ship to add even more colour and en­ergy to the city’s vi­brant art scene.

The schol­ar­ship, which hon­ours the late Matt Clark, was es­tab­lished to help young vis­ual artists travel to art events and ex­hi­bi­tions, en­gage with art pro­fes­sion­als and to de­velop their skills.

It pro­vides a schol­ar­ship of $ 1000, while there is also a $ 200 Se­condary School Por­trait Prize.

The schol­ar­ship is ad­min­is­tered by La Luna Youth Arts and sup­ported by the Clark fam­ily as well as spon­sors in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ers Win­gate Prop­er­ties and Maid­ment Devel­op­ment Group.

It hon­ours Matt Clark who trag­i­cally died in 2009 at the age of 20 just as he was be­gin­ning to es­tab­lish him­self as a noted young artist in Townsville.

Graphic de­signer and pho­tog­ra­pher Matthew Gianoulis, a 2014 schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent, has gone on to win this year’s Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy’s Queens­land Com­mer­cial Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year award.

Mr Gianoulis, who was able to travel to ma­jor art events and work with in­ter- na­tion­ally ac­claimed pro­fes­sional artists, said the schol­ar­ship had a big im­pact on his ca­reer.

“It was very in­spir­ing. I would en­cour­age any young artist to ap­ply for this schol­ar­ship,” Mr Gianoulis said.

An­other award re­cip­i­ent, Ni­cole Zicchino, was able to travel to events in Tas­ma­nia and NSW.

Jonathan McBurnie, di­rec­tor of Um­brella Stu­dio and a schol­ar­ship trustee, said the award was im­por­tant to de­velop skills in artists as well as boost the re­gion’s ca­pac­ity and ap­peal.

“The Matt Clark Trav­el­ling Schol­ar­ship is an im­por­tant ca­pac­ity build­ing ini­tia­tive for our lo­cal artists who are pro­vided a rare op­por­tu­nity to at­tend pro­fes­sional artis­tic devel­op­ment pro­grams not only for their own ben­e­fit but also to see those skills and knowl­edge brought back to their peers in Townsville,” McBurnie said.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Oc­to­ber 9 with a suc­cess­ful re­cip­i­ent an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 27.

The Se­condary School Por­trait Prize will be awarded at Um­brella Stu­dios in De­cem­ber with some stu­dents ex­hibit­ing their works.

For more info: www.mattclarkschol­ar­ship.com.au

CA­REER IM­PACT: Matt Clark Trav­el­ling Schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents Ni­cole Zicchino and Matthew Gianoulis en­cour­age en­tries tin this year's awards.

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