Tyson Evans Art Scholarship

Tyson Evans Sandhill Crane

Young artists in City of Moreton Bay can enter the annual Tyson Evans Art Scholarship. 

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

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: a bursary of $1,400 for tuition plus an Apple iPad and stylus.
  • Junior second prize (years 7-9): 3 x one-on-one art lessons in a medium of your choice, and associated art materials to the value of $300.
  • Senior second prize (years 10-12): 3 x one-on-one art lessons in a medium of your choice, and associated art materials to the value of $300.

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 on display 27 September 2024 to 24 October 2024 at The Hub Gallery.

Enter now

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

  • 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.

About the Tyson Evans Trust

The Tyson Evans Trust was established in 1998. Its purpose is to honour Tyson Evans' remarkable abilities and to encourage 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.

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.

Read the terms and conditions(PDF, 721KB) for full details.

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