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The VAS Hansen Little Coterie

The Hansen Little Foundation, represented by Jane Hansen, has a long and generous history of supporting the VAS with this program being the most valuable and exciting to date. For many years the Foundation was the sponsor of our flagship VAS Artist of the Year Award. In 2024, the Foundation will fund, to the value of $10,000, five early to mid-career artists to actively participate in a variety of VAS programs and cultivate their own artistic journey and place at VAS. In order to be eligible for this program, the chosen artists undertook a rigorous selection process. They have displayed technical proficiency in their chosen media as well as creative expression. Each has participated in up to five solo exhibitions and ten group exhibitions.

The benefits to the artists are many, including a year’s membership of the Society, waived entry fees for Select Exhibitions, free access to VAS life drawing and portrait sessions, $500 worth of art supplies from Senior’s Art Supplies and a showcase exhibition in the VAS Gallery during the year. Towards the end of the year, a Hansen Little Coterie Featured Artist Award will be announced, with the prize being a two-week solo exhibition in the VAS Cato Gallery.

Throughout the year, the artists will be mentored by VAS artist and tutor, Gregory Smith, and supported by Councillor Rosemary Noble, who will also liaise with the Hansen Little Foundation to keep them abreast of events and progress.

Rosemary Noble, VAS Councillor

2024 Coterie members

Genevieve Gadd-Carolan Profile Image
Genny Gadd-Carolan
Genny has studied at some prestigious Art Schools including the Julian Ashton School and the VAS Art School. She has exhibited in Melbourne Galleries since 2015.
Liz Gridley
From an artistic interest in the consideration of emotive human experiences, Liz Gridley’s work centres on her experiences of states of hyper-emotion.
Michael Smith Profile Image
Michael Smith
Michael is a professional oil painter and communication designer based in Melbourne.
Natasha Ber
Natasha Ber
Natasha is a self-taught painter with a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University. She is a three time finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait.
Rhi Edwards
Rhi is a visual artist from Naarm, Australia. Currently she primarily works with oil paint, and branches out to various mediums such as acrylic paint, graphite pencil, body paint and elements of nature.

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