New Travelling Scholarship Opportunity

Vida Lahey, Australia 1882-1968 / Wattle in a yellow vase c.1912-15 / Oil on canvas on plywood / Gift of the Estate of Shirley Lahey through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2012 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © QAGOMA

The Gallery today announced the establishment of a new $40,000 scholarship named in honour of Vida Lahey, one of Queensland’s most renowned painters.

Eminent Queensland artist Frances Vida Lahey (1882-1968), whose striking watercolours and oils captured the attention and praise of Brisbane society campaigned fiercely for sharing cultural knowledge in Queensland. Lahey arranged lunchtime lectures at the Queensland Art Gallery, campaigned for art education for children and helped establish the significant Queensland Art Fund with Queensland sculptor Daphne Mayo.

Vida Lahey / Sultry noon [Central Station, Brisbane] 1931 1931 / Oil on canvas on plywood / Purchased 1983 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © QAGOMA
The Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship is funded through the estate of the artist’s niece, Shirley Lahey and will be offered biennially to a visual arts graduate or an art history student.

The prize is one of Queensland’s richest travelling scholarships on offer and will give an emerging Australian artist or art history scholar the opportunity to develop their talents and existing understanding of Australian art through an itinerary of national or overseas travel.

The Gallery acknowledges the foresight and generosity of Shirley Lahey, whose bequest leaves a great legacy in honour of her aunt and has made this scholarship possible. Shirley Lahey has honoured not only Vida Lahey and her achievements, but has recognised the significant benefit travel and further learning can have for an artist or art history scholar.

Applications for the inaugural 2014 Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship are now open.  Applicants must be over 18 years, have recently undertaken visual arts studies or be art history graduates from a recognised tertiary institute and be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

To apply, applicants must demonstrate a sound understanding of Australian art history or contemporary art practice and show how travel itinerary will influence the growth of their art practice or art history studies and make a contribution to an existing understanding of Australian art.