History of the Helen Lempriere Scholarships
As one of Australia's most prestigious prizes for sculptors 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. She is represented in public collections in Australia, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Helen died in 1991 at the age of 83.
The bequest began in 1996 and Perpetual was appointed as the sole trustee to manage the bequest in perpetuity and distribute its income via the provision of scholarships for students of applied arts and crafts.
Up until 2008 the bequest supported the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Awards at Werribee Park.
In December 2009, Perpetual partnered with Sculpture by the Sea Inc. to help with the selection and administration of the Helen Lempriere Scholarships. The Helen Lempriere Scholarships are now awarded via Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi.
The Helen Lempriere Bequest has provided over $1.4 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 $2.1 billion in funds under advice (as at 30 June 2014). Perpetual is trustee for more than 990 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.