If you’re a young artist keen to develop your skills in music, film, performing or visual arts, literature, or any other branch of the arts, September 30 is an important date for your diary. It is the deadline for applications to be received by the Mundaring Bicentennial Scholarship Trust for their annual awards.


In December each year, the Trust presents the Robert Juniper Award for the Arts, valued at $9,000, to help a promising young artist develop his or her talents in any branch of the arts.


In addition, the Bob and Trish Juniper Art Prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the best visual art candidate, who is also eligible for the main scholarship.


The age limit for applicants is 35, and candidates should have a strong connection with the Shire of Mundaring, through residence, work or education. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced in December.


For more details and to download application forms, visit the Trust website:, or contact Trust Secretary Chris Durrant (phone 9299 6093). Applications forms and explanatory booklets are also available at the Greenmount and Mundaring Libraries, the Mundaring Shire Offices and local schools.


Previous award winners continue to make progress in their chosen careers. 2011 winner, dancer/choreographer Jessica Lewis is one of a dance trio, Unkempt Dance, whose members choreograph and perform their own creations. At the 2014 Perth Fringe World, the group performed as part of Paperland, which won the Best Dance award. And in June this year, the WA Academy of Performing Arts’ graduate dance company, LINK, took one of their works on tour in Europe.


A regular performer with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Jessica is currently rehearsing for Fox, based on the popular children’s story of that name, while next year she anticipates touring nationally with the company’s production of The Little Prince.


2009 winner, classical singer James Rhoads, now based in the UK, spent two years at Worcester Cathedral on a choral scholarship, before moving to the magnificent Wells Cathedral where he sang at services, weddings and funerals. He is currently studying for a Bachelor of Music at King’s College in London.


Money for the arts scholarships is raised through fund-raising events supplemented by a generous contribution from the Shire of Mundaring.