Tyson Evans Art Scholarship

Tyson Evans Sandhill Crane

Young artists in the Moreton Bay region can enter the annual Tyson Evans Art Scholarship and win funding towards tuition, art classes and materials. Additionally, their artwork will be featured in an exhibition at the Caboolture Hub Gallery from 22 September to 21 October 2023. 

The Tyson Evans Trust was established in 1998. Its purpose is to honor Tyson Evans' remarkable abilities and to encourage other young people in their artistic pursuits. It serves as a permanent memorial to Tyson and his achievements.

Scholarships are awarded to support visual arts education. Payments are made to educational institutions or tutors on behalf of the student. These payments can be used to fund study, research or tuition to help further the student's art education and develop artistic skills.

Art students aged 12 to 18 are eligible to enter. They must either live in or attend school in the Moreton Bay region. Scholarships are judged on an art portfolio(PDF, 479KB) and two artworks, which may be featured in the exhibition.

The 2023 Tyson Evans Art Scholarship entries have now closed. Read the terms and conditions(PDF, 692KB) for full details. 

Scholarship prizes

The Tyson Evans Trust is awarding a prize package of more than $3,000 to a first prize winner and a junior and senior second prize winner.

First prize

The winner will receive a bursary of $1,400 for tuition plus an Apple iPad and stylus.

Second prize

Two entrants will be selected for the second prize, a junior in years 7 to 9 and a senior in years 10 to 12. They will win three one-on-one art lessons in a medium of their choice and art relevant materials to the value of $300.

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.

Exhibition opportunity

Entrants will have the opportunity to exhibit one or two artworks in the Tyson Evans Art Scholarship Exhibition. Artworks will be displayed 22 September to 21 October 2023 at The Hub Gallery, Caboolture.

Important dates

Online applications due: Friday 18 August 2023

Delivery of folio and artwork: 14 to 16 September 2023 during opening hours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Opening event and awards presentation: From 6:30 PM, Friday 22 September 2023

Exhibition dates: Friday 22 September through to Saturday 21 October 2023

Collection of artwork: 25 to 28 October 2023 during opening hours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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


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. 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.