Design NSW travelling scholarship


Applications open on 4 April for the Design NSW Travelling Scholarship to assist an emerging designer at the beginning of their career to undertake a program of professional development overseas. The Design NSW Travelling Scholarship is presented by the Powerhouse Museum and Arts NSW in partnership with the British Council.

The scholarship of $18,000 is open to NSW designers within their first eight years of professional practice, and open to designers working in the broad areas of product and communication design (including for the home, industry and the body). The scholarship is not intended for established designers or designers of the built environment.

Jewellery and object designer Liesl Hazelton from Bowral, New South Wales, was the 2009 winner. Liesl won over the judges last year with her sustainable jewellery range and a chair created solely from discarded computer cabling, wires and stainless steel mesh. She used the 2009 scholarship to help fund a number of overseas exhibitions and meetings with leading designers.

‘It has provided me the platform to exhibit in New York; backstrap weave in the heart of Guatemala; compete in the 2009 Design Olympiad, Seoul; and connect with design pioneers in the United Kingdom ‘ opportunities otherwise unobtainable!’ said Liesl Hazelton.

Since her travels, Liesl has participated and led a number of projects at the Powerhouse Museum including a display for Sydney Design 2010, being part of the Reloved: Designer stories exhibition and jewellery workshops at the Museum’s inaugural Craft Punk series. She is currently working a project with textile company Woven Image.

Illustrator and 2008 winner Mat Huynh used his Design NSW Travelling Scholarship to travel to London to meet with graphic novel creator and senior tutor at the Royal College of Art (RCA), Andrzej Klimowski. He also enjoyed a tour of RCA studios and facilities and met with another experimental comic creator and tutor Bill Bragg. Amongst many other inspirational meetings, Mat travelled to Tokyo to explore manga and the use of a range of comic devices. He attended a Writer’s Course in the UK and participated in workshops with comic creator Bryan Talbot. Since returning from his travels Mat has worked extensively with the Powerhouse Museum on a range of projects including installation and illustrating the publication: A Maths Odyssey: Tracing a line from Euclid to the Computer.

The scholarship is an initiative of Arts NSW and is funded through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, a partnership between the Australian and New South Wales Governments aimed at building and supporting a strong, sustainable and dynamic contemporary visual art, craft and design sector.

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The Design NSW Travelling Scholarship