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Almost Half a Million in Funding for Young Australian Artists


10 March 2015 at 9:46 am
Xavier Smerdon
Philanthropic Trust Fund manager, Perpetual, is set to distribute a record $460,000 in philanthropic funds to 23 young Australian artists who have received the 2015 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships.

Xavier Smerdon | 10 March 2015 at 9:46 am


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Almost Half a Million in Funding for Young Australian Artists
10 March 2015 at 9:46 am

Philanthropic Trust Fund manager, Perpetual, is set to distribute a record $460,000 in philanthropic funds to 23 young Australian artists who have received the 2015 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships.

Each of this year’s winning artists across the four categories of acting, painting, sculpture and singing, will receive a scholarship worth $20,000 to develop and enrich their careers through travel.

Perpetual says it received the highest ever number of applications for the scholarships this year, almost double the number of applications compared to the last round for these categories.

First awarded in 1975, the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship program was established as a charitable trust by performing artist and author John Chisholm Marten to provide financial assistance to young artists.

“As well as being a musician, performer, dancer and accomplished writer, John Marten was at heart, a philanthropist,” General Manager of Philanthropy at Perpetual, Andrew Thomas, said.

“Some of our most celebrated figures within the arts community, including author Tim Winton and painter Wendy Sharpe, have benefitted from these scholarships.

“As a trustee we know how much of an impact philanthropy can have on communities and we are delighted that more than 30 years after these scholarships were first announced, they are still having a positive impact on the lives of talented young artists today.”

The 2015 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships winners include:

Acting

Winners: Josh Price, Ildiko Susany, Duncan Ragg, Nicole Shostak, Eryn Jean Norvill, Nikki Shiels

Painting

Winners: Sean Crossley, Marc Freeman, Emily Hunt, Samuel Quinteros, Hayley Megan French, Tara Marynowsky

Sculpting

Winners: Paul Yore, Marley Dawson, Adelle Mills, Alice Couttoupes, Tully Arnot, Damien Butler

Singing

Winners: Maximilian Riebl, Alexandra Flood, Elly Hoyt, Corinne Cowling, Hannah Dahlenburg

To view the announcements and hear from Perpetual’s General Manager of Philanthropy, Andrew Thomas, visit www.martenbequest.com.au

Honouring young artists across rotating categories, the five other categories of the scholarship to be awarded in 2016 are; architecture, ballet, instrumental music, poetry and prose. Applications will open in late 2015. For further details visit www.martenbequest.com.au


Xavier Smerdon  |  Journalist  |  @XavierSmerdon

Xavier Smerdon is a journalist specialising in the Not for Profit sector. He writes breaking and investigative news articles.

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