Enrich your practice with an Australia Council scholarship

In 2018, visual artist Jahnne Pasco-White received the $ 50,000 Marten Bequest Travel Grant for painting, an experience she described as “life changing.”

Coupled with a residency, the scholarship allowed Pasco-White to spend five months in Paris, during which she traveled extensively, soaking up a range of experiences and stimuli.

“It was completely amazing. A real privilege, ”she said.

Pasco-White believes that the body of work she has done since – including a 200-page book – demonstrates the benefits and impact of the stock market on her practice.

“I feel like my work since that time has a lot more depth and rigor around research and the things that I’m trying to think about and talk about. It seems a lot more thoughtful to me, at least to me.

Becoming-with by Jahnne Pasco-White, 2019. Installation view at Gertrude Glasshouse. Image by Christo Crocker.

Administered by the Australian Council on behalf of Perpetual as a trustee, the Marten Bequest Travel Scholarship provides talented young artists – in various art forms – the opportunity to devote themselves to their work, while simultaneously expanding their horizons through study and travel.

Artform-specific scholarships, the Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Fellowship and the Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Fellowship (each valued at $ 30,000, paid in two installments of $ 15,000 over two years ) are also available.

Applications for all scholarships close on February 1, 2022.

Applying for the Australian Council scholarship – as with any form of funding – can sometimes be a daunting process.

“You have to really show off yourself, and you often come up with new ideas and you don’t know if they’re necessarily going to work, so you have to be confident in yourself to come up with something,” Pasco-dit Blanc.

“Getting rejected is hard – no one likes to be rejected – but my advice would be to persevere. And also not to take it too personally if it doesn’t work.

While the financial security associated with the scholarship (paid out in quarterly installments over two years) was important, Pasco-White said that the validation she got on receiving the scholarship was just as important.

“Obviously, financial support changes the life of an artist, but oddly enough, that vote of confidence was also absolutely necessary, I think,” she told ArtsHub.

“Basically it feels like they’re saying, ‘We trust you, we believe in what you offer or what you think about.’ Sometimes you need a little wind in the sails to keep going, and it came at a really crucial time for me, definitely.


For Pasco-White, the decision to apply for a Marten Bequest Travel Fellowship coincided with a time in her life when she was thinking more carefully about her artistic career.

“I had just had a child and I was also starting to think about my career and my practice in a more ambitious way,” she explained.

“I was interested in doing more research, and maybe also changing my practice of just jumping from show to show and whatever opportunity I have, to making more concise decisions. and thoughtful. “

Therefore, the scholarship application process helped Pasco-White to better target his practice.

“In fact, writing the proposal was very productive, in terms of thinking about my work, as it can be very difficult to describe what you’re going to do in a two year project. It’s like, “Oh my God, I’ve never done this before! I don’t know how to do this! But it has become a very good exercise; a way to understand it, ”she explained.

“And having that clarity around things, forcing yourself to really articulate what you’re trying to do, what interests you and why you want funding, has been really productive.”

Learn more about applying for the scholarship from the Australian Council. Applications close on February 1, 2022.

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