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

The Brenda Clouten has attracted some of the region’s most exciting emerging artists. Held every two years, the Prize awards $5,000 for the winner and $3,000 for the runner up.

Targeted at artists 30 years or younger from the Lower Hunter, the prize aims to broaden the creative horizons of young artists. The Prize provides Maitland Regional Art Gallery with a chance to survey the practice of local artists and showcase the finalists in an exhibition that delights visitors to the Gallery while providing professional development opportunities for young artists.

The Scholarship was founded by former Deputy Mayor of Maitland Vicki Woods and her husband Bruce Woods, in honour of their friend Brenda Clouten, who passed away after battling breast cancer. Inaugurated in 2003, Maitland Regional Art Gallery acknowledges all those who have contributed to the success of the award and looks forward to the continuation of this prestigious and highly regarded prize.


  • Aged 30 years or under at the time of application
  • Live or work in the Lower Hunter, including Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Muswellbrook and Singleton
  • A graduate, or currently undertaking tertiary or vocational training, or be able to demonstrate equivalent industry experience i.e studio practice or exhibition history.

About Brenda Clouten

Brenda Clouten was 60 when she passed away from breast cancer. 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 and always seeing the good in everyone. She always put others before herself. Even at her sickest moments she would always ask after you. She derived a lot of pleasure from the arts; she loved the ballet, musical theatre and all things cultural. She loved the good things in life and always lived for the moment. This scholarship in Brenda’s name is our way of creating a lasting memorial that will give benefit to young and upcoming talent in the Hunter area and keep Brenda alive in our hearts – Vicki and Bruce Woods.

In its fourteenth year, the prize has now expanded to include a runner–up award supported by Maitland Regional Art Gallery. The Prize is now a firm fixture at the Gallery and has provided support for talented young artists.

Prize winners have included:


Karri McPherson – Winner

Bronte Naylor – Runner Up


Leeroy Chapman – Winner

Alessia Sakoff – Runner Up


Dale Collier – Winner

Liss Finney – Runner Up


Michaela Swan – Winner


Maggie Hensel-Brown – Winner


Michael Randall – Winner


Bree Sunders – Winner


Ben Soerdradjit – Winner


Carla Feltham – Winner


Eli Turier – Winner