The Scholarship, originally established in memory of Sir Trenchard Cox, awards the winner a place on an Art History Abroad 2-week Summer Course (£4,100 in 2019*) or that value set against a longer AHA Gap Year or Summer Course. AHA courses are led by enthusiastic tutors who will bring the art of the Renaissance and the culture of Italy to life.
The Scholarship is open to all, but is particularly intended to encourage students who do not have a scholarly interest in art history. It will be awarded as a result of a competition, which invites an imaginative, though not necessarily art historical, response.
GUIDANCE NOTES FOR THE ART HISTORY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP
There are two companies involved in the scholarship: The Arts Society, who administer the scholarship and to whom you must apply (see How to Apply, below) and Art History Abroad (us!) who offer the prize of a place on a course*.
Eligibility & Deadline
Applicants must be at least 16 on 4 March 2019 and under 19. Exceptions to this do apply, contact Art History Abroad for further details.
Entries for the Scholarship must be received by The Arts Society no later than 17.00 (GMT) on 4 March 2019. Late entries will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified by email and by post.
Applicants are asked to submit two 400-word reasoned descriptions; the first of a building, painting, sculpture or work of decorative art which they truly enjoy; the second of a building, painting, sculpture or work of decorative art which they loathe.
The essays must be supported by no more than two photographs (one per essay) or drawings no larger than a sheet of A4 paper. The adjudicators will look for good and daring arguments to support the applicant’s assertions. The adjudicators will be appointed jointly by The Arts Society and Art History Abroad. Their decision will be final.
Fees & Spending Money
The value of the Scholarship is Art History Abroad’s fee for any 2-week Summer Course. This covers accommodation in Italy, all museum entry fees, travel and tuition upon the course in Italy. No cash alternative is available. It may also be used against a longer course, see Transferability below.
The fee and therefore the scholarship does NOT cover lunch, supper or spending money. Students are asked to meet these daily expenses of about £490 in total. Travel insurance and flights are NOT included.
A successful applicant may wish to transfer the value of the 2-week Summer Course to one of the Art History Abroad courses specified below but he/she will have to pay the balance of the fees. Otherwise the value of the Scholarship may NOT be transferred or cashed in. If the winner is unable to take up the place offered the benefit of the Scholarship will be offered to the runner up.
The winner in 2019 will be allowed to use the Scholarship against the following courses: Early Summer 6-week Course 2019, all 2-week Summer Courses 2019, Late Summer 3-week and Autumn 6-week Courses 2019 and Spring 6-week Course 2020.
How to apply
1. Email Art History Abroad to say you wish to register:
2. Follow this link to the Arts Society website to apply (applications are now open):
N.B. ON NO ACCOUNT fill in our Summer Course or Gap Year application form unless you intend to come on a course whether or not you are the successful winner of the Scholarship.
2018 – Noël Masal.
“I’m currently a senior Visual Art major at a performing arts high school in New York City. In the fall, I will attend Tufts University and double major in Environmental Science and Sustainability and Visual Art.
I happened upon Art History Abroad and the scholarship one day last summer. I had been doing an environmental summer internship where I worked as a field researcher in a marsh. It definitely was not the best experience and I was determined to have a better summer next year, especially before college. I take Italian in school so I always wanted to go to Italy and speak the language.
I searched for summer abroad opportunities for teens to go to Italy and I found Art History Abroad, along with the Northern Italy II video. It looked like so much fun and the prompt for the scholarship looked very interesting to write about.
I saw the email that I had won the scholarship at 7 am when I woke up for school and for the rest of the day I felt untouchable. A very nice way to wake up, indeed! I am completely honored and overjoyed to have won the scholarship and I can already tell that this will be an experience I’ll never forget.”
The Scholarship was established by Art History Abroad in 1998 in memory of past President of NADFAS (the former name of The Arts Society), Sir Trenchard Cox (1905 – 1995) and until 2017 it was named after him.
Sir Trenchard Cox was an enchanting man. He died in 1995 leaving deep in the memory of those who knew him a quality of old world manners and warm wit. He was kind to everyone and encouraged all he met in their delight of beautiful things. It is perhaps this facet of his character that made him such a good Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) where, it is said, he made time each week to walk around the great halls of the museum talking to the wardens whose solitary task it is to guard the collection. While at the V&A he brought his astonishingly broad scholarship to bear in order to strengthen a multitude of departments that cared for objects as diverse as costume, furniture and wrought iron. In every case the level of expertise achieved was much admired around the world.
Furthermore, his devotion to the principal that museums serve all people made him a leader in efforts to make museums more comprehensible. To this end some galleries were laid out with different types of objects put into a historical setting and thus into context. Before the V&A he was at the Wallace Collection in London and was Director of the City Art Gallery in Birmingham. He will not perhaps be remembered as one of the cultural barons of the twentieth century but he was an influential man who put everyone he met at ease, not by trivialising his expertise, but by encouraging others to join his interests. Sir Trenchard Cox was a constant help to Patricia Fay in the early days when she founded NADFAS and rejoiced in being NADFAS President. He would take great pleasure in the workings of NADFAS Young Arts and for this reason it seemed appropriate that the Art History Abroad Scholarship was set up in his memory.
*The value of the Scholarship is Art History Abroad’s fee for any 2-week Summer Course. This covers accommodation in Italy, all museum entry fees, travel and tuition upon the course in Italy. No cash alternative is available. It may also be used against a longer course, see Transferability above.