QAGOMA exclusively offers the Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship assisting emerging Australian artists and art history scholars to develop their talents.

QAGOMA, in conjunction with the Brisbane Consortium for the Visual Arts (BCVA), also offers a further three BCVA Scholarships to facilitate PHD research in a range of visual arts categories.

Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship

The Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship, administered by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Foundation gives one emerging Australian artist or Australian art history student the extraordinary opportunity to develop their practice or research through an itinerary of national or overseas travel.

The scholarship offers a generous $40 000 towards a travel budget that ensures the further development of art practice or research that will make a contribution to an understanding of Australian art.

Inaugural Scholarship Recipient: Matthew Perkins

The inaugural scholarship was awarded to video art researcher Matthew Perkins. With the Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship, Matthew was able to investigate archives across Australia and visit institutions in Britain. Unearthing a range of articles, slides, photographs, tapes and ephemera, Matthew slowly pieced together a rich history of video art in Australia. During his scholarship, he also curated 'Resistance: Peter Kennedy' for the Australian Experimental Art Foundation in Adelaide and completed a series of interviews with artists and curators that are instrumental to his research.

About the Scholarship

The Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship is funded through the Estate of Shirley Lahey (1925 – 2011), the niece of Vida Lahey, whose specific bequest made this scholarship possible. A great admirer of Vida Lahey’s artistc and social work, she honours not only the woman and her achievements but also the significance of travel in her life and art.


About Vida Lahey

The Scholarship honours the eminent Queensland artist Vida Lahey (1882-1968), whose work features in the Queensland Art Gallery Collection. In addition to a highly successful artistic career, Lahey campaigned for children’s art education, and helped to establish the significant Queensland Art Fund with sculptor Daphne Mayo. In 1915, Lahey travelled to London for family reasons. Her unforgettable encounters there, from the turbulent to the tremendous, changed her views and aesthetic practices forever. From this point onwards, Lahey would cultivate her ongoing travel experiences to stimulate new ideas and compositions in her artwork.


Applications for the 2017 Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship are now open. We invite all artists and scholars meeting the selection criteria to apply.

Applications close on Friday 2 December 2016.

2017 Applicant Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • Over the age of 18
  • Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • Emerging artists who have completed visual arts studies at a recognised tertiary institution or graduates of art history studies at a recognised tertiary institution
  • Able to demonstrate a sound understanding of Australian art history or contemporary art practice
  • Able to show that a self-researched program of travel will further the development of their art practice or research
  • Able to show that their program of travel will make a contribution to an understanding of Australian art.

To apply, you must provide:

  • The names and contact details of two referees in a relevant field who may be contacted by the Gallery when assessing your application
  • A current CV in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), RTF or PDF format (max. 2 pages)
  • A detailed travel itinerary and budget for research to be conducted with scholarship funding, in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), Microsoft Excel (.xls or .xlsx) RTF or PDF format (max. 3 pages)
  • A personal statement specifically demonstrating how your travel itinerary and budget will further your practice or research and contribute to a broader understanding of Australian art (max. 1 page)
  • The public URL of supporting material, in the form of one or a combination of the following formats: images (10 max.); video (10 minutes max.); writing samples (1500 words max.). Supporting material should be no larger than 200MB in total, saved on a shared drive such as Dropbox, Google Drive or YouSendIt. Ensure these are clearly titled. NB: Please contact the QAGOMA Foundation (details below) if you would like to provide supplementary material in another format or through another file-sharing platform.

The scholarship recipient is required to:

  • Expend monies received through the scholarship in the way outlined in the application unless prior written permission to make an alteration to the budget has been provided by the QAGOMA Foundation.
  • Complete their travel within twelve (12) months of the announcement of the award.
  • Provide an interim report within the first six (6) months of the announcement of the award. Guidelines will be provided electronically by the QAGOMA Foundation.
  • Provide a detailed final report including proof of travel and full budget acquittal within two (2) months of completion. Guidelines will be provided electronically by the QAGOMA Foundation.
  • Agree to acknowledge the support received through the Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship in any media and publications resulting from projects undertaken during travel supported by scholarship funds
  • Agree to participate in media events and public programs, and contribute on media platforms relevant to the award.

The successful applicant will be asked to grant permission for their work to be reproduced in media, news and QAGOMA sites following the announcement of the winner. They may also be asked to grant a limited licence for reproduction of work resulting from projects undertaken during the scholarship for promotion of QAGOMA and/or the QAGOMA Foundation

Claimable expenses under the Scholarship:

  • All overland, sea and air travel tickets and associated costs
  • Car rental and petrol
  • Accommodation
  • Travel insurance
  • Living expenses including meals (a maximum of $50 can be budgeted per day for incidental costs while travelling, including meals)
  • Research or art materials not exceeding $1000
  • Entry costs for museums, galleries, libraries, tertiary institutions or other places of art practice, research and/or learning
  • Registrant fees for conferences or events relevant to your research o art practice and not constituting enrolment into courses of education

Expenses ineligible for claim:

  • Enrolment fees for courses of education
  • Telephone and mobile data charges
  • Personal items unrelated to research or art practice, such as clothing and souvenirs

Selection and Fund Distribution Process

Applicants who are Queensland-based or who have resided in Queensland for an extended period of time are preferred. Scholarship monies will be paid to the successful applicant via bank transfer in Australian dollars. Successful scholarship recipients must have an Australian bank account with bank transfer facilities.


The Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship is administered and coordinated by the QAGOMA Foundation. For further enquiries, please email or contact (07) 3840 7262.


Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship

The Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship, has been funded by a grant to the Queensland Art Gallery by Mrs Yvonne Haysom in memory of her husband, Melville Haysom, who died on 25 December 1967.

Melville Haysom was born in Melbourne on 17 August 1900 and studied art at the National Gallery School. In 1929 he came to Queensland, and in 1935 received the Godfrey Rivers Bequest Award. He was a member of the Victorian Art Society (President 1923–24), the Fellowship of Australian Artists, and a Life Member of the Royal Queensland Art Society (President 1952–55). His work is represented in the Queensland Art Gallery, the Darnell Collection of the University of Queensland and many private collections.

Past Melville Haysom Scholars

2015 : Brooke Ferguson
2014 : Clark Beaumont (Sarah Clark and Nicole Beaumont)
2013 : Ruth McConchie
2012 : Catherine or Kate
2011 : Tim Woodward
2010 : Elizabeth Willing and Louise Bennett (joint recipients)
2009 : Alice Lang

2008 : Carly Scoufos
2007 : Danny Ford
2006 : Janice Kuczkowski
2005 : Natalie Masters
2004 : Michelle Oxenham
2002 : Natalya Hughes

The Gallery regrets that the Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship is not able to be offered at this time due to the terms of the grant which funds it.

Brisbane Consortium for the Visual Arts Scholarship

Three new PhD Scholarships offered by the Brisbane Consortium for Visual Arts

The Brisbane Consortium for the Visual Arts (BCVA) facilitates scholarly collaboration between the art history-theory programs of Griffith University (GU), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the University of Queensland (UQ) working in conjunction with the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

The BCVA's key areas of focus include: contemporary Asian art; art of the Asia-Pacific; Australian and Australian Indigenous art; the global contemporary; curatorial education and training; new approaches to art history and theory.

The BCVA is now offering three PhD scholarships for research in the visual arts in these key areas. Projects addressing art-historical research outside these areas will also be considered if a sufficiently strong case is made.

Successful applicants will be based at one of the three member Universities of the Consortium. Applicants should consider fields of research that correspond to the expertise and interests of BCVA members (see websites below). There is also the opportunity to link your research to the QAGOMA collection and/or exhibition program.

Applications are made to an individual university. Each scholarship provides a living allowance of approximately AUD $26,288 per annum.

Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a Bachelors degree with First Class Honours or equivalent and be intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program. Successful applicants will begin their candidature in 2016.


Applications open 30 May 2016 and close 30 September 2016.

Full details on the scholarships, application forms and information on BCVA members can be found at the following university websites:

For further information, contact the following BCVA member for the University you are applying to:

GU: Dr Rosemary Hawker –
UQ: Associate Professor Sally Butler –
QUT: Professor Andrew McNamara –