Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Award

Colourful oil paintings on white walls.
Current status: Open
Amount: £1,000
To be eligible for the award, you must:
  • Be a year one BA(Hons) Fine Art student at Falmouth University
  • Be continuing your studies and progressing to year two of BA(Hons) Fine Art in the next academic year.

About the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Award

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

During her time as a student at Edinburgh College of Art, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham 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. 

This award is aimed at students who may be struggling financially and to whom the award will ‘make a difference’ to them personally and with their work. 

Particular consideration will be given to students who would not otherwise be able to complete their coursework and realise their ideas, without the assistance of the award.


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

  • Be a BA (Hons) Fine Art student, in your first year of study at Falmouth University. 

Key Criteria for the award are: 

  • You must outline your plans and ideas for your coursework, and the associated costs. 
  • You must provide information about your financial situation and current funding. 
  • You must demonstrate how the award will ‘make the difference’ for you.   
  • You must demonstrate your commitment to your practice and studies. 


Applications will be assessed by Fine Art academic staff with input from the Student Funding Team. Consideration will be based on financial need, engagement with the course, coursework plans and personal commitment as demonstrated by your application.  

The Student Funding Team will provide confirmation of applicants’ household income assessment and funding provided by Student Finance & the University. 

Applications will be assessed following the deadline and all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application, via their University email address by 21 July 2023. 

The successful applicant will receive the award funds once they enrol on level 2 of their course in September 2023. 

Application deadline

10am on Friday 30 June 2023.

How to apply

Students wishing to apply should complete the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Award 2023 application form and provide a personal statement as described on the online application form available at:  

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Award, 2023 

Any queries regarding this award should be addressed in email to:  student.finance@falmouth.ac.uk

Please note:

  • Application is by online application form only, submissions in other formats will not be accepted. 
  • No late applications will be considered. 

About Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

(Born: Fife, 1912 – Died: St Ives, 2004)

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham was one of the foremost abstract artists in the UK. Her sense of colour was exceptional - she painted with great conviction and power, and her paintings remain full of surprise. Her images derived from acute observations of natural forms and places visited, pared to their bare essentials. 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. 

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham 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 and travelled regularly in Europe over the next 20 years. In 1992, she received an Honorary Doctorate from St Andrews University. In 1999 she was elected an honorary member of the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) and the Royal Scottish Watercolourists (RSW); she also received Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter and in 2001 she was awarded CBE.   

Contact us

E: student.finance@falmouth.ac.uk
T: +44(0)1326 255310

You can use the email and telephone number above, or you can book a Microsoft Teams or on-campus appointment by using the Student Funding appointments system.

Need support?

If you're a current student and have concerns about your finances, please contact the Students' Union Advice Service:

E: advice@thesu.org.uk

W: thesu.org.uk

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