Emerging Arts Support Scheme (EASS)

  • 2018 Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) Awards

    Graduating Exhibition Award Presentations. Photo by Prue Hazelgrove

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  • The Megalo crew with their award recipients Estelle, Alycia and Rebecca

    EASS Awards 2015

    The Megalo crew with their award recipients Estelle, Alycia and Rebecca
  • PhotoAccess staff Jan Falsone and Claire Capel-Stanley with award winners Casey and Mikhalia

    EASS Awards 2015

    PhotoAccess staff Jan Falsone and Claire Capel-Stanley with award winners Casey and Mikhalia
  • EASS Awards 2015

The Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) was conceived in 1988 by then Director of the School of Art Professor David Williams. It gives Patrons of the School of Art & Design the opportunity to support students both at the end of undergraduate programs, and during graduate studies.

EASS is ideal for corporate sector, institutional and individual patrons with a tangible means of assisting emerging artists. By supporting graduates, patrons assist in the development of Australia’s next generation of contemporary artists. Awards range from materials and magazine subscriptions, through to studio residencies, exhibition opportunities, and acquisitions of artwork for public, private and corporate collections.

Information for patrons

Why become an EASS Patron?

• Help establish the careers of emerging artists. Materials, studio space, cash, or the chance to exhibit work is hugely beneficial for artists at this pivotal stage in their career.

• Contribute to the local community. EASS awards gives artists an incentive to live and work in Canberra, keeping the city’s art spaces vibrant and energetic.

• Start an art collection! It’s an investment - who knows how much these works will be worth in thirty years.

• Create a national profile for our graduates. Nurturing artist practice now can help make national icons in the future.

How to become an EASS Patron:

1. Get in touch! Contact Waratah Lahy at eass@anu.edu.au

2. Come to the EASS Patrons Day. There is no obligation to promise an award, and contributions can change year to year.

How it works:

Acquisition Awards:

At the Patrons’ Preview, and with the advice and assistance of School of Art & Design staff and volunteers, the EASS Patrons have first choice to purchase work from the Graduating Students Exhibition for their own collections or to nominate them for various awards and prizes. These will be presented in the name of the Patron at the opening ceremony of the exhibition. For work purchased through the EASS scheme, Patrons pay a premium of 50% on top of the listed price, which funds undergraduate and graduate EASS Scholarships, ensuring that recipients receive assistance during their studies.

Non-Aquisitive Awards:

The EASS Non-Acquisitive Awards allows Patrons to donate funds and/or other awards such as residencies, exhibitions and prizes. There is no charge for the servicing of non-acquisitive awards. The nominated students receive the Patron’s named award, and the ANU School of Art & Design asks that appropriate recognition of the program (ANU School of Art EASS) is acknowledged on all publication and media material related to the award. The School undertakes to provide logos and by-lines for residency recipients and to acknowledge Patrons in its reports and publications.

Opportunities continue to exist for Patrons who wish to develop sponsorship to suit their particular requirements, eg. loan collection, acquisition, scholarships, prizes, awards, residencies, commissions and endowments.

On behalf of its students, the Australian National University School of Art & Design extends its appreciation for the continuing support of its Patrons.

Previous EASS award winners


2018 Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) Awards

2018 Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) Awards

The Patrons Preview of the Graduating Exhibition was held on...

David Scerri and Christina Appleby recieving EASS awards from Denise Ferris

Graduating Exhibition Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) Awards 2016


The ANU School of Art EASS Awards were announced at the opening of the Graduating Exhibition on...

Keith Bradley with photographs by 2016 graduating student Monica Styles

ANU School of Art EASS Patron Keith Bradley AM on the fun and satisfaction of collecting art

The Bradley Allen Love law firm in Civic could almost be mistaken for an art gallery. As a...

Pete Smith, Lakoona Lines III (detail), 2007-08

M16 Artspace announces EASS residency awards in memory of Pete Smith

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Graduating Exhibition Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) Awards 2015

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Inaugural EASS Margaret Munro Prize offered to graduating students

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Image: Caren Florence - Graduating Exhibition Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) Awards, 2014

Graduating Exhibition Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) Awards 2014

EASS Awards 2014

The School of Art is very proud of our Emerging Artist Support Scheme, otherwise known as EASS. Patrons of...

Chris Sutevski - tool=spoon, input=N, feedback=Y (detail), 2013, etching, 80cm x 60cm

EASS Awards 2013

Awards, Prizes and Scholarships

The Peter and Lena Karmel Anniversary Prize

  • Chris Sutevski
Elana Geddes with her work (image credit: citynews.com.au)

EASS Award Winners Unveiled at ACT Legislative Assembly

The stunning artwork of two School of Art graduates has received the Legislative Assembly’s art prize in the Emerging Artist Support...

Hannah Beasley, Wrapped Around My Head, 2012, oil on canvas, 75 x 75 cm Photographer: Neal McCracken,

EASS Awards 2012


Peter and Lena Karmel Anniversary Award

  • Hannah Beasely

Embassy of Spain...

Hannah Quinlivan, Marking time, tracing memory, 2011 (detail)

EASS Awards 2011

Award Recipients Listed


The Canberra Eye Hospital Exhibition Opportunity Award...

Kate Vassallo,One hour studio: Plastic ground, 2010

EASS Awards 2010


• Rimington Award – Sonja Kalenjuk, Rhys Jones, Christian Maron, Savina Radosavljevic

Heike Qualitz, The Impulsometer, 2009

EASS Awards 2009


• Clayworks materials award – Lucas Boswell 

• Walkers Ceramics materials...

Richard Blackwell, Wood Stack, 2008

EASS Awards 2008


• Clayworks – Gosia Pilat

• Walker Ceramics – Angela Francic 


Updated:  3 December 2018/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications