Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship

The Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship gives emerging Australian artists or Australian art history graduates an extraordinary opportunity to develop their practice or research through an itinerary of national travel (in accordance with current Australian and Queensland Government travel restrictions and advice).

In 2021, due to current restrictions on international travel, the scholarship offered two successful applicants $20,000 each towards a domestic travel budget that ensures the further development of art practice or research that will make a contribution to an understanding of Australian art.

The Scholarship is offered every two years and the next scholarship round will open towards the end of 2022.

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 artistic 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.

2021 Scholarship Recipients: Debbie Taylor-Worley and Kink

2021 Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarships have been awarded to Debbie Taylor-Worley and Kink (Tim Riley Walsh, Courtney Coombs and Callum McGrath).

Debbie Taylor-Worley
'My project tells herstory of women on the colonial frontier, focussing on Gamilaraay country and the relationships between my Yinarr (Gamilaraay women) and Wadjin (white women) ancestors.'

‘Kink is a working group investigating and bringing together the diverse and disparate histories of Australian LGBTQIA+ art. Kink is a growing collective and our current work involves nationwide community consultation, with the goal of developing new and open resources on queer Australian art history.’

2019 Scholarship Recipient: Valerie Keenan PhD

The 2019 Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship has been awarded to Valerie Keenan. Valerie is currently the Arts Centre Manager at Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre in Cardwell and has been managing the arts program for the renowned Girringun artists for the last 11 years. The Scholarship will enable Valerie to travel to Norway to expand her research into the work of Norwegian naturalist, explorer and photographer Carl Lumholtz, who spent a significant amount of time living with Aboriginal communities in Far North Queensland in the 1880’s. Valerie’s research aims to discover and review pictorial imagery gathered by Lumholtz, and consider its effect on 19th century views of Indigenous Australia, and how this information has impacted on contemporary descendants and communities of those people he researched.

2017 Scholarship Recipient: Sara Morawetz

In 2017, QAGOMA awarded the second Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship to interdisciplinary artist and PhD candidate Sara Morawetz. The $40,000 scholarship has given Morawetz the opportunity to design an extensive itinerary of travel that informed both her artistic research and her practice. The scholarship enabled Morawetz to conduct a program of independent research that included developing two site-specific, durational performances that took her to France, Spain and the United Kingdom.

2015 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 –