Some years ago, a guy called Patrick thought we should have an art prize for up-and-coming Tasmanian artists.
Patrick had a quiet word with David. David offered $8000, and the Mona Scholarship was born. Someone called Jim ran the show for a while. After a couple of years the prize was upped to $12500, and Lindy (David’s sister) got involved.
Nowadays, the Mona Scholarship is no longer. Instead, we partner with Detached Cultural Organisation and Contemporary Art Tasmania on SHOTGUN: a support and opportunity program, which, this year, awarded two Tasmanian artists $45000.
Mona Scholarship Winners
2001: Phaedra Brothers, Painter
2002: Andrew Evans, Sculptor
2003: Kathryn Faludi Ball, Photographer
2004: Philip McKay, Painter
2005: Alan Young, Painter
2007: Rebecca Coote, Sculptor/Glass
2007: Rob O'Connor, Painter 2008: Alicia King, Bio-Artist
2008: James Newitt, Time-Based Media 2009: Sara Wright, Ceramicist
2009: Judith Abell, Sculptor 2010: Cath Robinson, Installation/Sound Artist
2010: Sonia Heap, Installation Artist Working In Dress
2011: Alyssa Simone, Digital Media
2012: Pip Stafford, Media Artist
2013: Rahni Allan, Multimedia Artist
2014: Liam James, Photographer