The William Fletcher tertiary grants for talented young artists

NOTE: Grants for 2014 have been awarded (see list of grantees).
Instructions for 2015 will appear in due course.

The William Fletcher Trust (now the William Fletcher Foundation) was established in 1985 to celebrate the life and to commemorate the work of William Fletcher whose straitened circumstances, ill health and early death cut short his developing talents. In 1988, the Trust awarded its first grants for study to tertiary students of the visual arts. The William Fletcher Trust was incorporated in 2006 as William Fletcher Foundation following a generous bequest. Since 1988, grants totalling over $300,000 have been distributed to over 400 highly talented students of the visual arts, to assist them to continue their studies.

Student eligibility

You are eligible as a student to apply for a grant if...

1. Either photography or computer generated art may be one of your majors, but neither in its own right is an eligible discipline for this Grant, although either may be included as a minor element of a work (eg, a collage) submitted for assessment.
2. Neither an Honours student who has already won a WFF Grant in Year 3, nor one enrolled in a master’s or doctoral course, is eligible.

Institutional eligibility

The following 7 institutions have opted in to the William Fletcher Foundation grant process for 2014:
• College of Fine Arts (UNSW) • National Art School • National Institute of Dramatic Art • Sydney College of the Arts (USyd) • Southern Cross University • University of Newcastle (Fine Art and Design/Illustration disciplines) • University of Wollongong


In each institution, the Head of School has nominated a member of staff to be the Contact person who will help you, if necessary. See below.

Download an application form
(38 KB Microsoft Word doc)

Download Tertiary grants information sheet (119 KB PDF)

Nominate in which one of your majors you are applying for a grant: painting; drawing; printmaking; illustration; stage & costume design.

Give evidence of both:

  1. Financial or other hardship – answer the relevant parts of the Application Form
  2. Achievement – supply photocopies of academic transcripts for two most recent years and a PowerPoint document showing two recent works, suitably labelled

Send the completed application form and transcript photocopies by 30 April 2014:

Send a PowerPoint document with 2 examples of your recent work by email.



All information supplied is considered in the strictest confidence.

After determination of awards

  1. The Secretary advises you by mid-year of the result of your application
  2. The Secretary sends cheques and receipt list to your Contact at that time
  3. The Contact distributes cheque to each grantee
  4. Each grantee signs the receipt list, which is witnessed by the contact (this receipt is required by our auditors)
  5. Certificates of Grant are presented later in the year at a suitable occasion on campus

Institutions and contacts

National Art School John Bloomfield, Co-ordinator, Undergraduates
National Institute of Dramatic Art Carson Andreas, Lecturer, Design
Elizabeth Nicoll, Development
Southern Cross University John Smith, Senior Lecturer
University of Newcastle Fine Art:
Dr Andre Brodyk, Lecturer, Fine Art
Natural History Illustration:
Dr Trevor Weekes, Senior Lecturer/Convenor NHI
University of New South Wales (College of Fine Arts) (Name pending)
Sally Marwood, Development
University of Sydney (Sydney College of the Arts) Andrew Lavery, Associate Dean
Marah Weston, Scholarships
University of Wollongong (Name pending)