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Iain Andrew Turnbull Memorial Award

Disease tragically cut short Iain’s own artistic career: this Fund is the result of a desire on the part of Iain’s family and his former partner Jennifer Lowrey to perpetuate his memory in a way that will assist future printmaking students at Queensland College of Art in furthering their own artistic practice.

The Fund provides an annual award in Iain’s memory for a Queensland College of Art student adjudged to have displayed during the year the most outstanding progress and potential for future development in printmaking.  Selection is based not only on academic results but on a wide range of other criteria.


The initial award was made in respect of the 2011 academic year, the joint recipients being Liana Evans and Jessica Row.  From 2012 onwards it was decided that a short list of candidates would be selected for personal interview and a sole recipient chosen to receive the award.



Award Winners' Honour Roll


2011     Liana Evans  &   Jessica Row

2012     Elyse Edmonds

2013     Paul Eves


To highlight the talents and achievements of each of the Award winners we will be creating a website page outlining their career to date with an associated gallery featuring a representative range of their artwork.


These will be progressively updated to reflect their future careers and achievements in the art world.


As these pages are set up they may be accessed by clicking on the highlighted links in the Honour Roll



Donations Welcomed


The award currently has an annual value of approximately $ 1,500 - $ 2,000 but it is hoped that future donations from Iain’s former friends and colleagues, from Griffith University alumni interested in the arts and from the public may enable the award's value to be increased substantially over time. 


Your donation would not only assist many future printmakers in their careers, but would also help to attract the best possible students to the QCA’s printmaking programs.

Donations to the Fund are fully tax deductible and details of how you can support the work of the Fund may be obtained by contacting: -


Gillian French, Development & Alumni Manager

Arts, Education & Law Group - Griffith University  www.griffith.edu.au/development-alumni

Phone: +61 7 555 27307 Mobile: 0478 316 814 

Email: g.french@griffith.edu.au















Iain in happier times, pictured at a Womadelaide Festival.  He was a great music-lover with very eclectic tastes

Winner of the 2012 Iain Turnbull Memorial Award, Elyse Edmonds (centre), pictured here with Iain's sister, Catherine Merz (left) and Iain's neice, Caitlin Merz who presented the Award

    (Photo: Mick Richards)

Following 2011Award Presentation (L to R): Catherine Merz (Iain's sister). Liana Evans, Robert Lowrey, Nanette Lowrey, Jennifer Lowrey (seated), Gavin Turnbull (Iain's father), Jessica Row, and Caitlin Merz (Iain's niece)




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