Georgia Saxelby awarded Samstag Scholarship

Georgia Saxelby awarded Samstag Scholarship

Congratulations to NAS alumna Georgia Saxelby, who has been awarded a 2019 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship! Georgia’s participatory practice engages with issues of public social space, collective ritual behaviour and notions of sacred space in both ancient and contemporary cultures, and this year has presented her solo travelling exhibition, To Future Women at a number of cultural institutions in the US, including the Hirschhorn Museum. With the Samstag scholarship, Georgia plans to continue to study and research in the United States.

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About the scholarship

The Samstag Scholarships were established in 1991 through the generous bequest of the late Gordon Samstag, an American artist who taught from 1961 to 1970 at the South Australian School of Art, now the School of Art, Architecture and Design, a part of the University of South Australia.

Gordon Samstag’s will provided funds for awarding annual scholarships enabling Australian visual artists to study and develop their artistic capacities, skills and talents outside Australia. This remarkable gift ranks as one of the very great bequests to visual arts education in Australia.

Samstag Scholarships are administered by the University of South Australia through the Samstag Museum of Art, on behalf of Gordon Samstag’s United States-based trustee, the Bank of America. 142 Samstag Scholarships have been awarded to date.

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Image: Georgia Saxelby, Lullaby (still from video performance), 2017, in collaboration with Viva Soudan and Bailey Nolan. Photo: Kristin Adair.

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