What bridges could you cross with $40,000?
Friday 18 November 2016 Share FacebookDelicious Email

BLOG_VidaLaheyMemorialScholarshipReception_MatthewPerkinsQAGOMA Director Chris Saines CNZM with Matthew Perkins (left), recipient of the inaugural $40,000 Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship, pictured with Columns 2006 by Zilvinas Kempinas, purchased 2012 with funds from Tim Fairfax, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Photograph: Mark Sherwood © QAGOMA


Applications for the 2017 Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship Close Soon

The Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship offers its recipient $40,000 to enable research based travel, and in 2015 it provided its inaugural beneficiary Matthew Perkins with a valuable year of study of the development of Australian video art.

Matthew’s project sought to investigate, uncover and study the development of Australian video art – a history that was largely undocumented.

With the Scholarship’s generous assistance, Matthew visited key archives in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney, and consulted cultural institutions, curators and artists. He completed his time under the scholarship in London, tracing English influences on some of the most seminal Australian video artists throughout the 1970s and 80s.

This productive time has resulted in a substantial forthcoming publication, the ‘Archives and People’ screening program in Adelaide, and guest curation of three exhibitions (two forthcoming).

“Video is such an important aspect of contemporary art that an understanding of its history in Australia is not just important but critical and the various outputs from this research are having a great impact on the broader awareness of Australia’s cultural production in the field of the moving image. … What I can unequivocally state is that this research could not have taken place without the generous funding of the Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship, and the results will echo into the future.”
Matthew Perkins / Recipient of the 2015 Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship



Apply by Friday 2 December 2016

BLOG_Vida LaheyVida Lahey, Australia 1882-1968 / Building the bridge 1931 / Watercolour and gouache over pencil on wove paper on cardboard / Gift from the estate of Mrs Gladys Powell 1941 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © QAGOMA

The Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship is the lasting legacy of Shirley Lahey (1925–2011) and currently stands as one of the most generous travelling art scholarships in Australia. It honours her aunt, the eminent Queensland artist Vida Lahey, and recognises the profound importance of travel in both their lives. Shirley Lahey’s bequest ensures that artists and art history researchers in Australia have the same opportunity to learn and develop through a rich tapestry of experiences, and can in turn energise and enhance our own understandings of Australian art.

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