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Vita Brown Bequest Bursary 2016

Vita Ethel Brown (11 October 1916 – 15 December 2012) generously bequeathed funds to Arts Tasmania "to make a grant to assist two or more emerging artists to purchase materials provided always that the artist chosen shall be justified by their work."

The following artists have been awarded the Vita Brown Bequest Bursary for 2017.

Sonia Strong is a visual artist and children’s book author. In recent years, she’s written and illustrated two successful children’s books focusing on native flora and fauna. She regularly attends children’s book festivals and events, and has also exhibited her visual artworks across the state. Sonia recently started to explore printmaking as a medium for creating wearable products such as bags. With the help of the bursary she will buy a printmaking press to pursue this emerging aspect of her practice.

Ruth Evenhuis is an emerging jeweller who produces distinctive pieces with sustainable and recycled materials. She launched re:jewellery in 2014 to showcase her contemporary jewellery and her work is now featured in boutiques interstate. She graduated from Charles Sturt University with degrees in fine arts and business studies in 2015 and received the Dean’s Award for the Bachelor of Arts (jewellery). Ruth will use the bursary to purchase a vibratory tumbler that will allow her to safely polish jewellery pieces and grow her practice.