Hailey Barbosa — who is currently studying Fine Art — has been awarded the $5,000 Bermuda Society of Arts [BSoA] Bursary Award.
A spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Society of Arts [BSoA] is pleased to announce that through fundraising efforts, student Hailey Barbosa has been awarded the 2020 BSOA Bursary Award in the amount of $5,000.
“Hailey is currently studying Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, UK. She is working towards her Masters degree. In the future, she plans to receive a teaching degree and return to Bermuda to educate and inspire students in the Art world.
“The challenges of the pandemic changed the landscape of the Bursary selection process. Some 7 aspiring artists applied for the bursary by submitting portfolios of their work. The candidates were short-listed by members of the BSOA’s bursary selection committee,” former BSOA co-president Dr. Edwin Smith and former BSoA board member Catherine Hay stated, with Dr. Smith adding: “Hailey has consistently performed well.”
The BSoA said, “The high quality of the submissions made for a difficult task in deciding who would receive the final award. The finalists will have the opportunity to have a free show of their work at the Bermuda Society of Arts to showcase their outstanding portfolios. Congratulations to other entrants who did not make it this year. We are excited to see their successes in the arts.
“The $5,000 bursary, awarded annually by the BSOA, is designed to provide financial aid to a Bermudian student interested in furthering their post-secondary education in fine arts and/or design. The recipient should be registered at an accredited college or university for either undergraduate or post-graduate studies.
“The BSOA is the island’s oldest arts organization, celebrating 65 years. It is hoped that through continued support and generous sponsorship the society will be able to increase this bursary and help more talented Bermudian artists fulfill their dreams.
“A very special thank you to this year’s sponsor/donation by IAS Foundation.”