One of the select few

Nathan Ryan received a Summer Arts Scholarship, an annual bursary offered by the National Gallery of Australia to Year 11 students across the nation.

The Casuarina Senior College student was one of 16 students chosen, based on a written and visual response to a work nominated by the gallery.

The artist travelled to Canberra in mid-January to experience life as an artist, undertake life drawing workshops, learn about curating and art storage, and meet contemporary artists such as Justine Williams.

Nathan said: “I got a call from the National Gallery, informing me that I had won out of hundreds of submissions from across the country, making me absolutely ecstatic, running up and down my veranda with cries of relief as I talked on the phone. Finally, my art had gotten me somewhere.

“I got to see and be inspired by the great artists of our time, such as Rene Magritte, Jackson Pollock and David Hockney, who are influencing my art today.

“The scholarship made me realize that there are jobs in the arts industry, and that loving and wanting to pursue the arts isn’t a death sentence for your future.”

Nathan is completing Year 12 creative arts, and aspires to be a curator.

Last updated: 09 May 2018