The award, to be held in conjunction with the 2017 biennial Rotary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo Art and Photographic Show, will give the winner a $3000 scholarship per year, for two years, to assist with the costs of undertaking tertiary education in a related field of study.
Highly commended applicants will, along with the award winner, have access to free master classes and workshops with acclaimed international artists David Taylor and Diana Edwards, of Phillip Island, to develop their skills.
The chairwoman of the award working group, Miranda Sage, said it was a wonderful opportunity for young people in the area to gain access to further education in the arts.
The chairman of the event’s organising committee, Phil Dressing. said Rotary was keen to recognise and encourage the talents and endeavours of young artists, and hoped it would be supported by schools and parents across the area.
The judge for the inaugural award is Philip Faulks who has been an exhibiting artist using elements of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture since 1981, with over 100 public exhibitions both in Australia and Internationally including 14 solo exhibitions.
He is represented in many private and public collections including the Australian National Gallery Canberra, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Bendigo Art Gallery, Geelong Art Gallery and the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. He teaches visual arts at the Chisholm TAFE Institute in Frankston.
Phillip Island artists David Taylor and Diana Edwards, who will present the master classes and workshops, are both highly acclaimed. David is recognised worldwide for his painting and teaching and his work is regularly exhibited in Australia, England, the Channel Islands and Stockholm. He has held regular solo exhibitions of his work since 1975.
Diana, a teacher of both oil and watercolour, has exhibited in many solo and joint exhibitions since 1987 with sales to private and corporate collections both in Australia and overseas.
Rotary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo Art and Photographic Show has full details of the award and application forms. The closing date for entries is February 10 2017.