Geelong Grammar School nurtures a vibrant, inspiring and engaging environment for Visual Arts. A number of important events punctuates our comprehensive academic programme including exhibitions by external artists, visiting Artists-in-Residence, three major School exhibitions (Middle School, Coriobald and Primed), House Art competition and Year 10 Creative Arts Workshops.

We are pleased to offer The Russell Drysdale Scholarship for Visual Arts for:

• Corio Campus New students entering Years 10 and 11, 2020
• Timbertop Campus New students entering Year 9, 2020


The Russell Drysdale Scholarship for Visual Arts will be offered to a new student who could not otherwise attend Geelong Grammar School without financial assistance.

Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian Permanent Resident Visa, who are entering the relevant year level, and are new to the School.

Applicants should exhibit an extraordinary talent in the Visual Arts and commit to studying visual arts at the School. Depending on the year level at entry, Scholarship recipients are expected to study in:
• Year 9 Visual Arts elective subject
• Year 10 At least two Visual Arts subjects
• Years 11 and 12 VCE At least two Visual Arts subjects
• Years 11 and 12 IB The Visual Arts subject and the Extended Essay

Applicants should be eager to participate in the wide range of opportunities available at the School and respect the philosophy and rules that govern the School.


We are proud to have recently introduced The Russell Drysdale Scholarship for Visual Arts for students who show exceptional artistic promise. The value of the Scholarship is up to 100% of the tuition and day or boarding fees. As part of the application process, we ask parents to complete a financial assessment form.

The scholarship awarded applies to the relevant Geelong Grammar School fee, but not to uniforms, private lessons, text books, excursions, sundry charges or other personal items.


1. To commence the application process, students must register their details using this online form. 
2. Once received, Admissions will email the scholarship application form.
3. As part of the application, students are required to submit a folio of work, consisting of 6 pieces. This may be sent as a hard copy or photographed and submitted via email. Parents are asked to complete a financial assessment form. School reports and NAPLAN results are also required.
4. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview and a design exercise, which will take place on Wednesday 6 June, 2019 at the Corio Campus.

Applications close on Friday 7 June 2019.

Please visit the Visual Arts section of our website for more information about our Visual Arts programme.

About The Russell Drysdale Scholarship for Visual Arts Scholarship

John and Bindi Simson established The Russell Drysdale for Visual Arts Scholarship to enable highly talented students who excel in the Visual Arts to enter Geelong Grammar School.

The scholarship has been established in memory of Russell Drysdale (1912-1981), widely regarded as one of the most significant Australian painters of the 20th century, renowned for his iconic landscapes of the Australian outback and its inhabitants. He won the prestigious Wynne Prize in 1947 and represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 1954. Having spent his boyhood in the Riverina, he attended Geelong Grammar School from 1924-1930. He had poor eyesight all his life, and was virtually blind in his left eye from age 17 due to a detached retina. In his final year at GGS, as a form of therapy, he had five sessions a week in drawing, including perspective, three-dimensional form, the art of memory and design in plant life.