The Art in Bark Bursary is to support a student beginning their Visual Arts studies at QCA with high aptitude for art (assessed through a folio of work), who is aspiring to make a career in Visual Arts, and who is coming to study at QCA from a regional or remote area of Queensland. It is these students who incur higher relocation costs and it could be assumed these students might relate more with the beauty of nature and bark.

The Art in Bark Bursary has a maximum value of $10,000 payable in instalments.

Applications currently closed.

Can I apply?

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian Citizen or have Permanent Resident status
  • be a commencing student in the Bachelor of Visual Arts (Bachelor of Fine Art) in 2021
  • be relocating from a regional or remote location in Queensland to attend University. The University uses the Australian Bureau of Statistics Map with the 2016 Remoteness Area Boundary Type and geocoder Search to determine eligibility.

What do I include in my application?

To be considered for this scholarship you must complete the following sections within the application:

Study details

  • Secondary education history
  • Program preferences


  • Referee details: a referee report from a teacher relating to your arts practice or a member of your local arts and culture community such as a curator or prominent artist

Personal background

  • Circumstances: Relocation


  • Personal statements:
    • Career goals and aims: Outline your career aspirations - Where you would like to see your art practice in 5 years’ time? What artist inspires you? Who, why, how?
    • Scholarship benefit: How will this Bursary assist you in your first year of Visual Arts at QCA?

You must upload the following in the supporting documentation section. (Please use only the following formats- pdf, word, jpeg or excel, we can only guarantee these formats will be accepted)

  • Supporting documentation
    • Other: A portfolio of your work - maximum of 6 images. List the following details about each image: title of the work; year the work was made; materials used; and size of the work. This portfolio is to be submitted electronically.

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Maximum value is $10,000, paid in instalments.  Instalments of $5,000 are payable in trimester 1 and 2 provided conditions are met.

Payments are made up to six weeks after the Census Date subject to satisfying scholarship Terms and conditions.

Sponsor details

This Bursary is an assertion of the Art in Bark's membership’s belief in an individual student's capacity- intellectually and creatively. It would enable the student to:

  • buy equipment
  • materials like canvas and paint, or rag paper and pens, perspex and timber
  • contribute to their accommodation expenses
  • pay off some of their tuition fees.

Above all it would give them time be able to devote their waking hours to study.  The cause of many students needing to postpone their studies is their inability to juggle the tensions of paid work and study. This Bursary will give a very gifted Fine Art student, from regional or remote Queensland, the opportunity to focus on their creative development in their first year of study.

Art in Bark is a non-profit association formed in 1973. It aims to encourage appreciation of native flora and fauna, particularly the growing Australian melaleuca trees, whose bark is integral to the creation of the unique bark pictures created by Art in Bark members. The bark of different melaleuca species produce a huge variety of colours and textures. No paint or artificial colours are used. Members meet regularly to create bark art, display their works, and teach others.

To remain eligible for the scholarship, you will be required to:

  • remain full-time enrolled in the Bachelor of Visual Arts at Griffith University
  • maintain good academic standing at Griffith University

Other conditions:

  • If study is postponed due to extenuating circumstance that are substantiated by a medical certificate, any outstanding monies will be retained in the Endowment until you can continue your studies as long as the deferment does not exceed one year. Thereafter any outstanding bursary money will be forfeited.
  • You will be invited to meet with the Donor in Trimester 2 to present your work from throughout the year, and observe an Art in Bark workshop.
  • You will be encouraged to remain in contact with the Art in Bark Secretary.

The above conditions are verified each trimester at Census date. If a scholarship recipient fails to successfully meet these conditions, scholarship payments may be withheld, or the scholarship may be terminated.

Applications, including Referee Reports and any supporting documentation, must be completed and submitted by the closing date.

Offers are made via email.

Applicants may be shortlisted and be required to provide additional information.

Griffith University reserves the right to withdraw an advertised scholarship at any time.