Natasha Walsh. Image: National Art School, Sydney.

Natasha Walsh Awarded 2018 Brett Whiteley Traveling Art Scholarship

The Art Gallery of New South Wales has announced Natasha Walsh as the recipient of the 2018 Brett Whiteley Traveling Art Scholarship, which grants a funded three-month residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and $29,000 cash prize to a young Australian painter between the ages of twenty and thirty.

Walsh, a twenty-four-year-old MFA graduate at Sydney’s National Art School, often uses self-portraiture to explore themes of mortality, identity, and memory in her multimedia practice. “It’s not me as an individual, I see it like a performance,” she says about her work Dear Frida, 2018, an oil self-portrait on copper. “It’s about the different masks we present to the world, the different ways we construct our identity. What was I exploring in that was identity, to do with being a woman.”

Established in 1999 by Beryl Whiteley (1917–2010) in memory of her son Brett, the annual scholarship grants young artists the opportunity to pursue an art education in Europe. Previous awardees include Mitch Cairns, Marcus Wills, and Ben Quilty.