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The Marie Edwards Travelling Scholarship (Rule 87)

Marie Edwards, a graduate of the Tasmanian School of Art, holds a unique place in the Tasmanian art scene.

During her ascent in the 1970s she was one of a few women artists in the State working seriously in the area of abstraction. Her works rank her amongst Tasmania's finest women artists. 

Marie has a determined commitment to encouraging and educating young people in the fine arts. This has led her to provide a gift of her art collection to the University of Tasmania Foundation. The sale of these works will be used to fund a scholarship to support and encourage talented students to broaden their experience in the fine arts by travelling overseas during their course at the University of Tasmania.

The Academic Senate of the University has agreed to the foundation of a scholarship in the terms declared in these rules.


1. The scholarship will be known as "The Marie Edwards Travelling Scholarship in Visual Arts, Craft and Design".

2. The scholarship is to be awarded to a talented student currently undertaking a postgraduate course, or who has graduated within three years of making an application, in the visual arts, craft or design at the University of Tasmania.

3. The scholarship will be awarded by a selection committee detailed below, unless other committee arrangements are made with agreement of Mr Chris Edwards, comprising:

  • the Head of the Tasmanian School of Art or nominee
  • the Head of the School of Visual & Performing Arts or nominee
  • Mr Chris Edwards, Marie's son, while he wishes to be involved, or another nominated member of the Edwards family
  • after the end of the involvement of the Edwards family, a person nominated by the Vice-Chancellor

The selection committee will set the detailed selection and performance criteria for the scholarship having regard to the intention of the donor.

The value of the scholarship will be determined by the University of Tasmania Foundation having regard to the income from the endowment.

The UTAS Scholarships Office, in consultation with the University of Tasmania Foundation, will determine all other matters concerning the scholarship, including advertising, application procedures and the method and time of payment.


Made by Academic Senate on 4 August 2006

Amended by Academic Senate 21 September 2012