History of the awards

Robert Juniper AMPhoto by Damien Smith

Robert Juniper AM
Photo by Damien Smith

On the 30th April, 1987 a Deed of Trust was drawn up and named the Mundaring Bicentennial Scholarship Trust. Its purpose was to empower a group of trustees to provided financial assistance to deserving young artists within the Mundaring Shire in Western Australia.

Three of the seven current trustees have been within the organisation since its inception. None of the trustees is involved in the judging which is carried out each year by an independent panel of artists chosen according to the interests of the applicants.

Prominent Darlington artist, Bob Juniper agreed to be the first Trust patron. Bob traditionally presented the scholarships at the Shire Centre each year. Sadly Bob passed away on December 20th 2012.

Our current patron is internationally acclaimed photographer and long-time Shire of Mundaring resident, Richard Woldendorp AM.

Scholarships and Fund-Raising

The trust has been very active since that Bicentennial year of 1988, and has awarded 73 individual scholarships with a total value of $135,000.

The Mundaring Shire Council has, since 1989, supported the scholarships with annual grants to supplement fund-raising and donations.

Probably the most well-known of the fund-raising activities was the Village Glee Club, a part of the annual Darlington Arts Festival. Many award winners performed at this event over the years. In more recent years, Schools Concerts held at high schools in our region have raised funds as well as awareness of the Award, along with other voluntary fund-raising events that supplement the annual grant from the Shire.