Tyson Evans Art Scholarship

Tyson Evans Sandhill Crane

The Tyson Evans Trust was established in 1998 with the purpose of being a permanent memorial of his remarkable abilities and also as an encouragement to other young people in their artistic careers.

The scholarships are awarded in the form of payments to educational institutions and tutors on behalf of the student for the purpose of undertaking study, research or tuition in an aspect of the visual arts to further their art education and develop their artistic skills.

The 2022 Tyson Evans Art Scholarship is now closed and will reopen in 2023. 

Image credit: Tyson Evans, Sandhill Crane (detail), 1997, oil on board.

Who is eligible

Young local artists aged between 12 and 18 years who either live in or attend school in the Moreton Bay Region.

What is the scholarship 

Scholarships are judged on a art portfolio(PDF, 69KB) submitted by the entrant and two artworks they submit for the accompanying exhibition. Include photocopies of relevant pages from your Visual Diary to show the process of developing the artworks in your artist’s folio.

A total of $3000 will be awarded across three bursaries as follows:

First prize: A bursary of $2000 for first place will be awarded to the winning entrant,
Second prize:
Junior (years 7-9) 1 x $500 bursary 
Senior (years 10-12) 1 x $500 bursary

Judging criteria

The committee will consider the following criteria when judging:


  • understanding and confidence in the use of different kinds of media
  • evidence of research and conceptual development
  • evidence of skill acquisition and progression
  • ability to explain works
  • presentation of each work in portfolio.

Original works on exhibition

  • show understanding and exploration of chosen media
  • evidence of research and conceptual development
  • presentation of work for exhibition
  • ability to explain works
  • success of finished work in portraying the intent of the artist.

The exhibition opportunity

In addition to a folio, the artist will have the opportunity to exhibit one or two artworks in the Tyson Evans Art Scholarship Exhibition. The 2022 exhibition has finished and was held at The Hub Gallery, Caboolture. 



About Tyson Evans

Tyson Evans, born in May 1982, achieved great things against great odds.

From birth, he was unable to bend the top knuckle of his right thumb and had a considerable tremor in his right hand. At age five he underwent heart surgery. Tyson led a full and productive life and this exhibition is a sample of his dedication to art.

At nine, Tyson took up a one year scholarship to study at the Queensland Art Gallery, after which he chose to continue learning with his mother, a private art teacher. He enjoyed working in pastels, oils, acrylics and water colour pencils.


Tyson exhibited and demonstrated painting techniques at art shows and he won several prizes at the Redcliffe Show and with the Redcliffe Art Society.

At the 1995 Caloundra Arts Festival he met Michael Oberhofer who encouraged him to follow his dream of becoming a wildlife artist, and in April 1997, he began to concentrate on becoming an exhibiting member of the Wildlife Artist Association.

The Blue Iris Art Gallery at Palmwoods recognised his outstanding talent and regularly displayed his work, and five of his works were accepted by the Call of the Bush Gallery at Nambour.

He held a solo exhibition at the Peninsula Coffee Lounge at Kippa-Ring and exhibited at the Scarborough Fair Art Gallery.

Besides a promising career as an artist, Tyson's achievements were extraordinary. He wrote stories and poetry, was involved in speech and drama and was Dux of Year 9 at Grace Lutheran College.

As a sportsman, he represented his school in athletics, held the Royal Life Saving Bronze Medallion, was a member of the college open rugby league team, and a member of the Clontarf Beach Life Saving Club.

He was a keen kayak paddler and a member of the Newport Waters Canoe Club Junior Team which won the Brisbane Valley 100 race in 1996. He also achieved honours in pianoforte, a Certificate of Distinction in the Theory of Music and enjoyed playing the clarinet.

Tyson was a Lance Corporal in the 3rd Redcliffe Boys' Brigade, a Sunday school teacher at Clontarf Beach Baptist Church and a Duke of Edinburgh Awardee.

Tyson passed away in 1997, at the age of 15.