Classic Sportswear Announces National Indigenous Young Artist Scholarship

Classic Sportswear Announces National Indigenous Young Artist Scholarship

National Indigenous Young Artist Scholarship

Leading Australian apparel brand Classic Sportswear are proud to announce the launch of their inaugural National Indigenous Young Artist Scholarship.

This unique scholarship program reinforces Classic Sportswear’s continued commitment to the recognition of Indigenous culture through Indigenous design opportunities and the direct support and development of youth in the sector.

The National Indigenous Young Artist Scholarship consists of four pillars of support:

Academic Education │Artistic Development │Personal Investment │Professional Development

Each year, young Indigenous artists from around Australia will have the opportunity to submit an application for the Classic Sportswear Artist Scholarship Program. One lucky artist will be selected as the recipient of the National Indigenous Young Artist Scholarship and will work directly with Classic Sportswear to add value to a diverse range of partnerships such as the NRL Indigenous All Stars, NRL School to Work program, the Indigenous Youth Summit and Indigenous Women’s Pathways Programs.

The Classic Sportswear National Indigenous Young Artist Scholarship delivers support to recipients across their academic education, growth in their technical and creative artistic capability, contributes to personal investment in their art and provides career opportunities through real life professional experience.

The scholarship will be awarded each year to one young Indigenous artist who identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, is aged between 15 and 30, and who has a demonstrated commitment to education, personal and professional artistic development.

Valued at $25,000, the scholarship will provide financial and professional support to the successful applicant across the four pillars, delivering tangible and professional experience and mentorship across multiple industry sectors.

To apply for the Classic Sportswear National Indigenous Young Artist Scholarship, submit your application as a response to the following brief:

  1. Outline your own personal story of who you are, how you got to today and what your aspirations for the future are as an Indigenous designer.
  2. Submit two design variations that illustrate your story.
  3. Detail why Classic Sportswear should consider your application, including your heritage, commitment to education, work ethic and Indigenous designer aspirations.

An independent stakeholder panel will review all submissions. Applications open Wednesday 8th September 2021 and the successful applicant will be announced on 13th October 2021.

Download CLASSIC National Indigenous Young Artist Scholarship Information Pack Here

Classic Sportswear’s Managing Director, Warren Carney, is excited about the cultural impact of this scholarship program and its potential to contribute to partnerships across a wide range of industry segments.

“This scholarship demonstrates the genuine commitment of Classic Sportswear and our partner brands to supporting Indigenous programs and culture, and this is a natural extension of our existing partnerships across youth education, personal development and elite sport.

“We are excited about the opportunity this scholarship provides to support Indigenous youth in their educational, artistic, creative and professional development endeavours, providing financial support through to tangible professional experience and mentorship.

“If you are a young developing Indigenous artist who is committed to your education and artistic creativity and is looking for support and opportunity, I strongly encourage you to review the full details of this scholarship and get started on your application” said Carney.

Classic Sportswear are proud to recognise Kalkadoon Artist Chern’ee Sutton for her work that features as the backdrop of this scholarship announcement and was the artwork for the 2021 NRL Indigenous All Stars jersey.

To apply for the Classic Sportswear National Indigenous Young Artist Scholarship:

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