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Cash incentive lures arts students to Adelaide


A LEADING independent tertiary art school is offering travel grants and scholarships to lure students to South Australia following the failure of a proposed merger in New South Wales.

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The Adelaide Central School of Art (ACSA) is offering $250 travel subsidies for interstate students to attend its 2016 Open Day on August 14.

The South Australia institution will also offer scholarships of up to $2000 for outstanding applicants to enrol in 2017.

The funding comes in the wake of a collapsed merger between the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales art schools, which has left about 200 students without a clear professional pathway.

ACSA CEO Ingrid Kellenbach said she hoped the funding would highlight the great opportunities for art education in South Australia.

“We are the only school that only employs sessional lecturers – being that they are all practising artists, writers or curators,” she said.

“My view is that students, even when I travel overseas, go to the places with the best teachers and I do believe it’s acknowledged that we have attracted some of the top artists in Australia.

“Adelaide Central School of Art offers an outstanding model of tertiary visual arts education that is intensive, practise led, studio based, and taught in small classes.”

In addition to the travel subsidies and relocation funds, the ACSA also has a $7500 Bachelor of Visual (Honours) Scholarship that is available to applicants nationally.

The ACSA school year is 10 weeks longer than other contemporary institutions to give students additional time to hone skills and access facilities and teaching staff.

Lecturers include internationally recognised artist Christopher Orchard and Nicholas Folland, a leading South Australia Living Arts Festival (SALA) artist.

South Australia has a rich arts heritage and continues to host multiple major arts festivals and competitions such as the Fleurieu and Waterhouse art prizes.

The South Australia Living Arts Festival, which launched last week, is the largest celebration of visual arts in Australia and showcases a range of local talent and art.

“Adelaide is one of the most liveable cities and is more affordable than Sydney or Melbourne and a lot of our students volunteer for arts organisations and the contemporary arts scene in South Australia. It’s all rounded and a whole,” Kellenbach said.

“To me, the school is all about support and it goes through the admin, lecturers, supervisors and the fact they have fantastic studio space to work with.

“No other higher education provider of visual arts education in South Australia offers the support that we do for their graduates.”

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