Tuesday 17 October 2017
Perpetual and Australia
Council open nine scholarships for emerging Australian artists
Scholarships worth more than
$400,000 will be delivered by the Australia Council for the Arts, as part of a
three-year partnership with Perpetual.
For the first time The Australia Council is pleased to
announce two additional scholarships on behalf of Perpetual, established with
the philanthropic support of former NSW Premier, the late Sir Robert Askin, and
his wife Lady Mollie Askin.
The Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship - $30,000
2018 The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship - $30,000
The scholarships are awarded biennially, and assist the
selected recipients to further their career development through study and
travel in Australia or overseas.
The Australia Council is also delighted to once again
deliver the Marten Bequest travelling scholarships, which are
the legacy of the late arts philanthropist John Marten.
These scholarships will support seven emerging artists
with $50,000 each to develop their craft. Applications are now open from
artists and practitioners in acting, architecture, ballet, instrumental music,
painting, poetry, prose, sculpture and singing. Previous recipients of Marten
Bequest travelling scholarships include celebrated author Tim Winton, and
acclaimed visual artist Wendy Sharpe.
Australia Council CEO, Mr Tony Grybowski said the
partnership with Perpetual supports the Australia Council’s vision of growing
private, public and philanthropic funds to support the arts.
“The Australia Council is delighted to be managing The
Marten and Askin Bequests, and opening up opportunities that support Australian
artists to build valuable networks and develop their artistic practice,” Mr
Perpetual National Manager Philanthropy and Non Profit
Services, Caitriona Fay, said: “Through the Marten Bequest Scholarships, and
now also through the scholarships established by Sir Askin and his wife, Lady
Mollie Isabelle, many Australian artists have been given the opportunity to
pursue their passion in the Arts.”
“Perpetual is pleased that through the Australia Council’s
knowledge and expertise, an impressive group of Australian artists will have
the opportunity to travel and develop professionally.”
Co-investment is part of the Australia Council’s Strategic Plan and builds on successful international
collaborations and external partnerships to support diversity and excellence in
Perpetual is the Trustee of the Marten an Askin Bequests.
Eligibility and criteria for The Marten Bequest and Askin Bequest scholarships
can be found on the Australia Council’s website.
Applications are now open until 31 January 2018 with the
successful artists notified on 1 May 2018.
About Perpetual Philanthropic Services
Perpetual is one of Australia’s largest managers and
distributors of philanthropic funds with $2.4 billion in funds under advice (as
at 30 June 2016). Perpetual is trustee for more than 1,000
charitable trusts and endowments
and provides individuals and families with advice on establishing charitable
foundations and structured giving programs. Perpetual also assists charities
and not-for-profit organisations with
investment advice and management
About The Australia Council for the Arts
Australia Council for the Arts
is the Australian Government’s
principal arts funding and advisory body. The Australia Council is committed to
making the vitality of our arts and culture more visible, and to recognising
and supporting the evolving way that Australians make and experience art. Our
role is to support the unimagined along with the reimagined, the unknown and
experimental along with the keenly anticipated. We are a champion for
Australian arts both here and overseas.