Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Travel to Italy Award 2023

Silhouettes of students looking over the Fal estuary at sunset.

Current status: Open

Amount: £1,500

Who's it for: Final year BA(Hons) Fine Art students.

About the Award

The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Charitable Trust has granted Falmouth University an award fund of £1,500 to support a final year Fine Art student to undertake an extracurricular, subject-related trip to Italy.   

The aim of the award is to support the recipient’s development as an artist, and this should be demonstrated through their application. 

Key criteria for the award are: 

  • You must currently be enrolled as a Fine Art student in your final year (i.e. due to graduate in 2023) at Falmouth University. 
  • The award can only be used to fund an extracurricular, subject-related trip to Italy, to be taken within 6 months of the closing date of the award. 
  • You must demonstrate how the award will support / enhance your development as an artist.   
  • You must demonstrate your commitment to your practice and studies. 


Applications will be assessed by academic staff based on the benefits of the proposed trip, artistic merit and personal commitment. Applications will be assessed after the deadline and all applicants will receive an email (to their University email address address), informing them of the outcome of their application, by no later than 21 July 2023.

Application deadline

10am on Friday 30 June 2023.

How to apply

Students wishing to apply should complete the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Travel to Italy Award 2023 application form detailing your proposal for your trip to Italy and the associated costs, and providing a personal statement as described on the online application form available at:  

Apply for the award

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

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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