Helen Lempriere Scholarships Announced

Posted: September 17, 2019 / Announced, Awards, News

Perpetual and Sculpture by the Sea are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s three prestigious $30,000 Helen Lempriere Scholarships: Senior Artist  Michael Snape (NSW)Mid-Career Artist  Louise Paramor (VIC), and Emerging Artist  Nadia Odlum (NSW).

Senior Artist: Michael Snape, NSW.  Photo Janie Barrett, AFR.

Mid-Career Artist: Louise Paramor (VIC).

Emerging Artist: Nadia Odlum, NSW. Photo supplied by artist.











The Helen Lempriere Scholarships are designed to enable the artists to further their artistic development through travel, study and the purchase of important new equipment while supporting their inclusion in the upcoming Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2019 from 24 October – 10 November. 

The scholarships are gifted as part of the Helen Lempriere Bequest, a charitable trust managed by Perpetual, providing scholarships with the aim to foster and promote contemporary Australian sculpture. The three artists showcase a variety of working styles, represent diverse backgrounds and hail from metropolitan and regional New South Wales and Victoria. 

Sculpture by the Sea Founding Director, David Handley AM said, “Congratulations to each of the artists on receiving the Helen Lempriere Scholarships. The ideas each of them has for their scholarships are as diverse as their individual artistic practices. Thanks to the Helen Lempriere Bequest, 31 artists from across Australia have received a Helen Lempriere Scholarship since 2010. This is a total of $930,000 and represents a significant investment in the cultural life of Australia.” 

Background to the Helen Lempriere Bequest 

As one of Australia’s most prestigious annual prizes for sculpture in Australia, the Helen Lempriere Scholarships foster and promote contemporary Australian sculpture. 

The Scholarships are a realisation of a bequest made by the late Keith Wood to honour his wife, Helen Lempriere. Helen was one of Australia’s leading female artists in the mid-20th century, attracting national and international acclaim for her painting, printmaking and sculpture. 

Serving as a fitting legacy for Helen Lempriere and her belief in supporting the arts, the Scholarships fulfil Keith’s aims of making a significant philanthropic contribution to the arts while commemorating Helen, a leading figure in the development of a unique Australian aesthetic. 

The Scholarships serve to advance artists’ careers through study or research and are held in partnership with Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi. 

Managed by Perpetual as a charitable trust operating in perpetuity, the Helen Lempriere Bequest has provided just over $2 million in funding support for Australian artists since the trust was established in 1996. 

About Perpetual Philanthropic Services 

Perpetual is one of Australia’s largest managers and distributors of philanthropic funds with $2.7 billion in funds under advice for charitable trusts and endowment funds (as at 30 June 2018). Perpetual is trustee for approximately 1,000 charitable trusts and endowments and provides individuals and families with advice on establishing charitable foundations and structured giving programs. Each year Perpetual distributes more than $75 million to Not-For-Profits (NFPs) on behalf of its clients. Perpetual also assists charities and not-for-profit organisations with investment advice and management. 

For more information visit www.perpetual.com.au/philanthropy

  past recipients of The Helen Lempriere Scholarship   


Louise Paramor will be speaking at the Sydney Sculpture Conference 2019,  Art Gallery of New South Wales, Tuesday 29 October 2019.  Tickets to the conference are still available.



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