Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Award


The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Charitable Trust is offering an award of £1,000 to support a Falmouth University student with their studies and coursework.

The award is open to level one students who may be struggling financially ahead of starting their second year of study.

Particular consideration will be given to students who would otherwise be unable to complete their coursework and realise their ideas.

To be eligible for the award, you must:

  • Be a BA(Hons) Fine Artstudent in your first year of study at Falmouth University
  • Intend to commence your level two studies at Falmouth University in September 2017


Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (born: St Andrews 1912 – died: St Andrews 2004) attended Edinburgh College of Art and went to St Ives in 1940, quickly becoming part of the group which included Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth. She was a founder member of the Penwith Society.

Over the next 20 years she travelled regularly throughout Europe and, with the exception of a short teaching term at Leeds School of Art and three years in London, she divided her time between her home in St Ives and the house by St Andrews she inherited in 1960. She was awarded CBE in 2001.

Her paintings are in public collections throughout the UK including the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Arts Council of Great Britain, the British Museum, the Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Leeds and Manchester City Art Galleries.

During her time as a student at Edinburgh College of Art, Wilhelmina received a number of bursaries and scholarships and it was her will that a trust be set up to fund bursaries for art students, such as she had received.

Award information and application form