Ashleigh Garwood takes out the inaugural Eva Breuer Travelling Scholarship - Art Collector

Hawkesbury River, 2014. Silver gelatin print, 93 x 117cm, edition of 3. Courtesy: the artist and Brenda May Gallery, Sydney

By Emily Cones-Browne

The Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) has announced artist Ashleigh Garwood as the recipient of the inaugural Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship.

The award, which aims to support young Australian female artists for the purpose of travel and study in Paris, commemorates Eva Breuer, who was one of Australia’s most prolific art dealers.

Established earlier this year in collaboration with AGNSW, the award will allow Garwood to spend a three-month residency at one of the AGNSW studios at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, the Dr Denise Hickey Memorial Studio, which also includes a $25,000 stipend.

“The opportunity to travel to Paris for the very first time and spend three months working full-time on my practice there is incredibly exciting and an invaluable experience,” says the artist. Garwood is interested in exploring the relationship between photography and painting, “and what better place to do so than the epicentre of art, history and culture,” she says.

Wayne Tinnicliffe, head of Australian art at AGNSW and member of the judging panel, said Garwood’s work stood out for its articulated concept and refined aesthetic: “The gallery places great importance on helping to foster the careers of young Australian artists through providing research and travel opportunities dedicated to creative development. We are most grateful to the Breuer Foundation in allowing us to offer this wonderful scholarship and we wish Ashleigh all the very best for her time in Paris,” he says.

The announcement of Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship will be made each year at a gallery event, aiming to bring together the family and close friends of Eva Breuer in remembrance.
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