Still time to get a leg up to study arts

Published: 30 Nov 2020

Visual and performing arts students have until Tuesday, December 15, to apply for a bursary funding round of $5000 offered by the MECC and Artspace Mackay.

The bursaries couldn’t come at a better time, with the cost of studying arts degrees at university set to increase in 2021 after an overhaul of tertiary education announced by the Federal Government.

Two bursaries are available for visual and creative arts students – the $1000 Rick Wood Bursary (available to school leavers) and the $3000 Artspace Mackay Foundation Bursary (available for currently-studying tertiary students).

The MECC’s $1000 Jack Sturgeon Bursary is for performing arts students who have applied for tertiary studies in any aspect of the performing arts (subject to acceptance in 2021).

Artspace Mackay’s Rick Wood Bursary honours the memory of the late Rick Wood, a celebrated Mackay potter.

The MECC’s Jack Sturgeon Bursary is named in honour of the co-founder of the Mackay Musical Comedy Players who was a life-long supporter of the arts.

For terms and conditions and to apply for the Rick Wood or Artspace Mackay Foundation Bursaries, head to

For terms and conditions and to apply for the Jack Sturgeon Bursary, head to