The 2016 Brenda Clouten Memorial Travelling Scholarship for Young Achievers in Visual Arts


The Brenda Clouten Memorial Travelling Scholarship (BCMTS) was established to support a Young Achiever in Visual Arts (30 years or under) who is a current student or 2015 graduate at a tertiary education institution in the Lower Hunter (including Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Muswellbrook and Singleton) to undertake a program of professional development in an international context.

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of artistic merit and potential is assessed by the judges from the received submissions. In 2016, two travelling scholarships to the total value of $8,000 will be awarded, including a $5,000 Major scholarship and a $3,000 Runner Up scholarship. All submissions will be considered for possible inclusion in the finalists’ exhibition to be held at Maitland Regional Art Gallery from 26 November 2016 – 5 February 2017.

For further information including details on submissions and conditions of entry please go to, or phone MRAG on (02) 4934 9859.

Completed submissions must be received at Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 220 High Street Maitland NSW 2320, on or before Friday 16 September 2016.


Brenda Clouten was 60 when she passed away from breast cancer after first being diagnosed in June 1999. After chemotherapy and treatment she had the all clear until June 2001 when we were told it was to be terminal. She soldiered on for another three years. Brenda had lived in the Maitland area for more than twenty five years and spent the last sixteen years of her life at Largs.

Brenda was an amazing person: always seeing the good in everyone, always putting others before herself. Even at her sickest moments she would always ask how you were. She derived a lot of pleasure from the arts. She loved the ballet, musicals, theatre and all things arty. She loved the good things in life and always lived for the moment. The scholarship in Brenda’s name is our way of creating a lasting memorial that will give benefit to a young, upcoming talent in the hunter area and keep Brenda alive in our hearts.

Now in its twelfth year, the BCTMS for a Young Achiever in the Visual Arts has highlighted some amazing young artists, all of whom have gone on to carve out successful careers in their chosen fields. We feel very honoured to have helped them realize their dreams.

Vicki and Bruce Woods (scholarship founders)

Closing date for submissions:  Friday 16 September 2016

Announcement of winners:  6-8pm Friday 25 September

Finalists’ exhibition: 26 November 2016 – 5 February 2017

Category: News
Region: Maitland
Artform: Visual Arts New Media And Design,

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