Stuart Black Memorial Bursary


The Stuart Black Memorial Bursary is an annual prize for an underprivileged second year visual arts student, or one who is not well-resourced financially, to assist with the acquisition of materials to carry out her/his works and projects in course of artistic study and who:

  1. intends to continue studying;
  2. is employing traditional media (but ‘traditional’ does not apply to the subject matter of the student’s work); and
  3. has natural drawing skills, but is responsive to extending the media in approach and subject.

Value (indicative)


Open and closing dates

Applications will open in March. 

Criteria and eligibility

Candidates for the scholarship must be a second year visual arts student at a Victorian tertiary art school. Applications will be invited through the heads of the art departments of Victorian tertiary art schools and must be supported by the recommendation of the head of the applicant's art department.

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by the selection committee on the basis of:

  • artistic and merit, as outlined in the supporting recommendation, academic transcripts and cv; 
  • purpose for which the award will be used; and
  • likely success in completing the proposed course of study (addressed through questions in the application process). 

The Dean, on the recommendation of the committee, will approve the recipients, who will be notified via post of the outcome. All other unsuccessful recipients will be emailed.

Additional requirements

To accept this scholarship, successful recipients are required to write a letter of thanks and provide an artistic biography for the donors or trustees. 

For more information

Stuart Black was a Melbourne based painter who gained critical notice early in his career for a refined synthesis of modernist styles. As a mature artist, Stuart Black made art as a diarist and social commentator . He also made art purely for pleasure.

To learn more about the career of Stuart Black, please visit

How to apply

Refer to the Open and Closing Dates section above for the application link. The link will only be visible during the application period.

The application will require personal information, including course and year level, and some questions addressing the selection criteria listed above. You will be required to attach some documents, such as CV and academic transcript and, where relevant, there will be the option to include any support material that gives weight to your application. Where financial need is a consideration, you'll also be asked to provide an estimate of your budget for the year ahead.