Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS)

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

EASS is ideal for the 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, designers and creative thinkers. 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 offers 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! Email admin.somad@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.

Updated:  6 February 2024/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications