Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Award


The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Charitable Trust is offering an award of £1,000 to support a Falmouth University student to research, explore or realise ambitions relating to their work, ahead of their final year of study.

The award can be used for example, to fund a research or field trip; to purchase materials; and/or to undertake an activity that will inform and prepare them for their final year work and exhibition.

Consideration will be given to students who would not otherwise be able to achieve their plans.

To be eligible to apply for an award, you must:

  • Be a BA (Hons) Fine Art student, in your second year of study (ie due to graduate in 2017), at Falmouth University.
  • Be intending to commence your level 3 studies at Falmouth University in September 2016.
  • You must complete your plans before the start of the start of Spring Term, 2nd January 2017, and provide a written report following completion of your plans.


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. She travelled regularly in Europe over the next 20 years 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 had inherited in 1960. She was awarded CBE in 2001. Her paintings are in public collections throughout the UK including Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Arts Council of Great Britain, British Museum, the Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Leeds and Manchester City Art Galleries.

How to Apply

Applications must be made on the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Award application form which can be downloaded here: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Award application form

For full information about the award and notes on how to apply click here: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Award information