Class of 2006 Samstag Scholarships


The University of South Australia has announced the 2006 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships.

Six artists from around Australia have been presented the prestigious awards for study overseas in the visual arts, commencing in 2006. They are: Christine Aerfeldt and Andrew Best (South Australia); Pia Borg (Victoria); Claudia Chaseling (ACT) and collaborative artists Sean Cordeiro & Claire Healy (NSW). Each artist will receive a twelve months living allowance of US$30,000 (approximately $40,000 Australian) as well as travel expenses and the cost of institutional study fees, commonly in excess of $30,000 a year at leading international art schools. A total of 105 Samstag Scholarships have been awarded since 1992.

Now in their fourteenth award year, the Samstag Scholarships have become a byword for rapid, professional success and visibility. In an artworld voracious for new stars, the Samstag name is renowned for identifying artists of genuine talent and exciting promise. Samstag Scholarship recipients are elevated in opportunity immediately their names are announced, and sought by dealers, collectors, curators and art magazines alike!

Commenting on this year’s awards, Samstag director Ross Wolfe notes that, “collectively, the 2006 Samstag artists exemplify the diversity which is now such a feature of the international artworld; they are painters, installationists, sculptors, collaborators, filmmakers and photographers”. Wolfe takes considerable pleasure in the growing prominence of the Samstag alumni, suggesting that, “the secret is in the diversity of practices. From Samstag’s beginnings in 1992”, he says, “the only discernible bias in our selection of artists has been an inclination to reward ‘other voices’ and to cherish ‘the thousand flowers’. We saw the potential, arrived early (usually first) and feel genuine pleasure at their subsequent success”.

This year’s catalogue essayist is Adelaide-based writer and critic, Wendy Walker, who has written numerous essays, articles and reviews on a broad range of the visual arts, craft and design for national and international journals, exhibition catalogues and Adelaide's Advertiser newspaper. Author of the monograph Beautiful Games on artist Deborah Paauwe, published by Wakefield Press in 2004, she is also curator of Australian Contemporary for Collect 2006 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and will be inaugural Samstag Writer in Residence at the South Australian School of Art, throughout 2006.

Judges for the 2006 Samstag Scholarships were Professor Kay Lawrence, head of the South Australian School of Art, John Barbour, South Australian artist and a senior lecturer at the School of Art, and leading Tasmanian and European-based painter, Megan Walch. Megan Walch is represented by Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne.


For further information contact – Ross Wolfe, Director, Samstag Program

Tel + 618 (08) 8302 0869; 0417 814 188 (m);