Emerging Artist Support Scheme

Emerging Artist Support Scheme

Every year graduates from the ANU School of Art are awarded an exhibition at Belconnen Arts Centre as part of the Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS). Through mentoring and support, EASS artists receive experience in presenting a solo exhibition and exposure to new audiences. The program encourages their growth as emerging artists and brings some of the best of Canberra’s contemporary art to the northern Canberra region.

Past recipients


Hayley Lander (2015)

Hayley Lander’s works are made in response to the unique qualities of the suburban environment around us. The representational paintings depict scenes of habitats being immersed in Canberra’s ‘green skeleton.’ See website


Anton Poon (2015)

Artist Anton Poon uses the metaphor of a bridge to explore the concept of cultural transition. With influences such as Chris Burden and documentaries such as Mega Structures, his work uses the metaphor of a bridge to explore the concept of cultural transition.


Yioryios (2015)

“I am driven by exploration and discovery and its unique portrayal in my body of artworks. My work adds to the new generation of abstraction and will continue to expand this field with new, futuristic works.” See website


Anna Sutherland (2014)

Textile artist Anna Sutherland hand-dyes and prints onto a variety of fabrics including silks and velvets to create richly decorative interior settings, embellishing unique bespoke furniture pieces and accessories with jewel-like qualities. See website


Maria Kunz (2014)

Sculptor Maria Kunz embraces the calm process of creation, allowing her to create work in small parts, and conceive large ideas. She uses weaving and found materials in her work. See website


Jemima Parker (2013)

Jemima Parker uses traditional textile materials and methods, along with drawing and printmaking processes to create work that moves between disciplines and blurs boundaries of creative practice. See website


Roger Jillard (2013)

Roger Jillard’s steel works are concerned with themes of confinement, direction and control coupled with ideas of sight and perception.



Harry Townsend (2012)

Harry Townsend has focused his research with the aim to find a way to bring himself physically and conceptually closer to nature and its cycles of life, death and renewal through the practice of making sculpture.



Janet Long (2012)

Janet Long investigates the intersections between east and west, our helplessness in the face of impermanence and ageing and our relationship with the natural world, particularly animals.



Leonie Gill (2012)

Leonie Gill’s work emerges through experimentation. Working with chance and accident to investigate the innate language of material she seeks to translate ideas that are part of its language into a physical reality, and not disguise the essential character of the material.


Elizabeth Ficken (2011)

Elizabeth Ficken exhibited work in the Outdoor Gallery. Her alternate landscapes used steel rods to create a strong linear geometry reflecting the environment of Belconnen Art Centre, referencing the natural surroundings and the fabric of the building itself.


Heike Qualitz (2010)

Heike’s residency led to just passing through… an exhibition of sculptural works borne from a desire to engage with the landscape, both constructed and natural. See website