Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Placement Scholarships


The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Scholarships are aimed at enabling students to gain practical experience through external placements/internships that assist the development of their professional practice.

The scholarships are aimed at level 2 BA(Hons) Fine Art students, and it is intended that the internships be completed ahead of students' third year of study, so most likely during the summer holiday period, June – September 2017.

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

To be eligible for the award, you must:

  • Be a BA(Hons) Fine Art student, in your second year of study (ie due to graduate in 2018), at Falmouth University
  • Be intending to commence your level 3 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