Brenda Clouten


The Brenda Clouten Memorial Art Scholarships

This opportunity has now closed.

Applications open from the 27 April 2022 for the 2022 Brenda Clouten Memorial Art Scholarships, established by patrons Vicki and Bruce Woods in honour of their dear friend Brenda Clouten.

In its fifteenth iteration, the age range has lifted, and applicants aged 35 years or under living or working in the Lower Hunter are now invited to apply for the bi-annual scholarship and finalists’ exhibition.

The scholarships support two young achievers in visual arts to undertake a program of professional development either through study, travel, research or studio support.

Finalists selected from applications received will exhibit current or new work at Maitland Regional Art Gallery between 20 August – 6 November 2022.

Applicants should be aware that selected finalists will need to be available through June and July to work with Gallery staff in the lead up to the Finalists’ exhibition.  Finalists’ artworks need to be ready for exhibition on or by Friday 5 August 2022. The Winner and Runner Up are to be announced at an invitation only launch event Friday 19 August 2022.


Winner’s Scholarship                   $5,000
Runner Up scholarship                 $3,000

To be eligible, applicants must:

  1. Be 35 years or under
  2. Demonstrate current and recent art practice through documentation and images
  3. Live or work in the Lower Hunter (including Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Muswellbrook and Singleton)
  4. Outline how the scholarship would be used to extend or develop your practice further through study, travel, research or studio support.*

* Studio support is an important aspect of an artist’s development and can include studio rental or equipment – if you are applying for the scholarship for studio support please provide a detailed explanation of what the scholarship will be used for.

Submitting your application

Please submit your application with detailed description of how the scholarship funds will be used and include:

  • Images of recent and/or current work (maximum of 10 as a single PDF, no larger than 25MB)
    • If your work is a video or sound file, please make your file available for viewing on a website such as YouTube, Vimeo or Soundcloud. You will need this link address in your application. Sound or video files emailed as attachments will not be accepted.
  • CV / Bio
  • Contact details, including mobile phone, email and current address
  • An artist statement that includes how the scholarship will benefit your practice and a detailed explanation of how you will use the scholarship funding (maximum one page)

About the Brenda Clouten Memorial Art Scholarships

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 at the age of 60.

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.

Prize winners have included:


Holly Macdonald – Winner


Liss Finney – Highly Commended


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