Year 12 student, Annie Webb, is one of 11 recipients of this year’s Margaret Standen Bursary and says it’s an amazing opportunity for BSSC Visual Arts students.

“In what has been a rollercoaster year, the bursary has been a real lifesaver,” Annie says. “I was able to purchase an assortment of tools to help me create a ceramics space at home and complete my final artwork.”

One of Annie’s purchases was a throwing wheel, allowing her to create pots at home.

“It’s been great to be able to continue my ceramics studies at home and keep improving my throwing,” she says. “It’s also taught me how messy ceramics can get and how much time you need to spend cleaning up after yourself!”

The Standen Bursary honours much-admired art teacher, Margaret Standen, whose untimely death in 2017 was a tragic loss, not only for her family, but for the many staff and students who were inspired by her. Her husband, Peter, generously established the bursary in her honour, and all Year 12 students studying Studio Arts or Art General at BSSC are eligible to apply.

“I’m really grateful to Peter Standen for supporting Visual Arts at BSSC,” Annie says. “It’s been a tough year and students motivation levels have been dropping. The bursary has made creating art at home more achievable for so many of us.”