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James and Greta Smyth Travel Grant 2016

The James and Greta Smyth Travel Grant has been established by Valerie Diamond through the Bendigo Art Gallery Foundation in 2016. The Scholarship has been established to support the development of students of the visual and creative arts at La Trobe University, Bendigo. The scholarship will provide funds for overseas travel, accommodation and living expenses to assist in enriching student knowledge and facilitating development in their creative endeavours.


Congratulations to 2016/2017 Recipient:  Ri Van Veen

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About the Scholarship

Valerie Diamond was born and raised in Bendigo, she studied at the Bendigo Teachers’ College.

Valerie Diamond understands and appreciates the significance of overseas travel in offering students of the creative arts the opportunity to experience the rich history of art, craft, architecture and design in an international context. The Scholarship is intended to allow students a wide diversity of experience thereby enriching their own practice.



The Travel Grant is open to current Third Year, Fourth Year (Honours) and Post Graduate students (currently enrolled) within Fine Arts and Creative Arts (including Graphic Design) at La Trobe University, at either Bendigo or Mildura campus. 

The Travel Grant is also open to recent graduates – within the past five years – of Fine Arts and Creative Arts (including Graphic Design) at La Trobe University, at either Bendigo or Mildura campus.

Employees of Bendigo Art Gallery, City of Greater Bendigo employees, the organisers, and members of their immediate family are ineligible to enter

The James and Greta Smyth Travel Grant will be awarded to an individual, although joint applications may be considered under certain circumstances. Inquiries should be directed to Bendigo Art Gallery prior to completion of the Application Form.

The most outstanding applicant will be selected by the selection committee which will include:

  • Valerie Diamond, benefactor
  • Karen Quinlan, Director Bendigo Art Gallery and La Trobe Art Institute
  • A member of the Gallery’s curatorial team.

The travel grant is valued at $15,000