Siemens-RMIT Fine Art Awards Celebrate 10 years

Now in its 10th year, the 2010 Siemens-RMIT Fine Art Scholarship Awards, one of the most exciting business-arts initiatives in Australia, will be announced at RMIT Gallery on Thursday 25 November.

This year 46 students from RMIT School of Art will be in the running for $32,000 in prize money. Students from Melbourne and regional Victoria as well as WA and Hong Kong have entered a diverse range of work including ceramics, drawing, fine art, photography, gold and silver smithing, media arts, painting, printmaking and sculpture.

An exhibition of the shortlisted artist’s work will be held at RMIT Gallery from 26 November to 8 January 2011.

RMIT Gallery Director Suzanne said that the generous awards enabled students to experience cultural diversity on a global scale through travel.

RMIT University's Alumnus of the Year for 2010, artist Sam Leach, said that winning the 2007 Siemens-RMIT Fine Art Scholarship Awards was a “massive gift” to his career as he was researching 17th century Dutch painting.

“The paintings I won prizes for this year, the Archibald and especially the Wynne landscape Prize, were directly influenced by the experiences of travelling to the Rijksmuseum and speaking to the expert in the field,” Mr Leach said.

Siemens Australia have invested half a million dollars in the scholarships over the past decade. This successful partnership with RMIT was recently recognised with a Business/Higher Education Round Table 2010 Award for Best Higher Education and Training Collaboration, Honourable Mention.

Since the awards began over 450 students have been shortlisted for the exhibition and scholarships, enabling them to exhibit their art work at RMIT Gallery.

“These are outstanding visual art works, from Australia’s most progressive student artists,” Ms Davies said.

Past winners talk about the awards