Helen Denise Jones Arts Bursary



Katelyn, pictured here with two of her works, is a visual artist from Tarleton. Katelyn has just completed year 12 at Don College and is intending to undertake a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors at UTAS in Hobart next year. She already has a number of awards and exhibition credits to her name and has completed a number of paid commissions. Just a few days after receiving the Helen Denise Jones OAM Arts Bursary, Katelyn was awarded the Abel Tasman Art Prize, run by the Kingsborough Council. The prize involves a trip to the Netherlands for a cultural/arts exchange. All the signs point to a strong future ahead for Katelyn. The $1000 Bursary will assist with Katelyn’s living expenses when she makes the move to Hobart in the new year.

When asked what receiving the Helen Denise Jones OAM Arts Bursary means to her, Katelyn replied ‘I am so grateful… Art has been a passion and even a form of emotional support for me over the course of high school and college and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to pursue my passion and turn that into a career. Without the assistance of a bursary I may not have been able to afford to further my study into university level and pursue my interest in the visual arts’. 

Burnie Arts Council were also thrilled to receive an end-of-year update from the 2018 Bursary recipient, Julia Parker. Julia, a talented violinist, has just completed her first year at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. After successfully auditioning, Julia was accepted into the University’s two orchestras, the Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra. Along with performing in prestigious venues around Melbourne throughout the year, The Symphony Orchestra traveled to Singapore and Shanghai!

The bursary funds have assisted with Julia’s university expenses, and she was able to have her violin assessed and repaired by a highly reputable luthier in Melbourne.

The Helen Denise Jones OAM Arts Bursary fund has been established to recognise the lifetime's work and contribution made by Helen to the arts and culture of Burnie. Over several decades, Helen inspired many people through her roles as a performer, teacher and confidante. Helen was patron of Burnie Arts Council Inc from 2012 to 2017. Our group decided to honour her with an annual Bursary Award for a young North West/West Coaster demonstrating aspiration and dedication to pursuing their arts studies.

Helen died peacefully at home on March 5th, 2017. Although mainly housebound for the last months of her life, she was able to meet the inaugural recipient of the bursary, Blake Peiper. Helen maintained a keen interest in the selection process for the 2017 bursary, which was ultimately awarded to Nicholas Von Bibra.

In liaison with Helen, Burnie Arts Council Inc established the guidelines and selection criteria for the bursary as outlined below:

  • A promising arts student (I.e. visual, literary, musical or performing genres)

  • Aged 17 - 21 years and reside on the North West Coast or West Coast of Tasmania

  • Evidence of performance or public display of talent as appropriate to their chosen discipline

  • Appropriate application including covering letter stating suitable reasons for being chosen to receive bursary.

  • Consideration of financial need.

Selection panel will be three people appointed by Burnie Arts Council Inc (or its nominee) at the Annual General Meeting.

The judge's decision is final: no correspondence will be entered into.  Applications open annually in October.





The Advocate
6 March 2017
Burnie arts proponent remembered



The Advocate
20 October 2015
Bursary honours Jones 

The Advocate
6 July 2015
Winter dinner warms arts bursary coffers

The Advocate
27 January 2015
Helen Jones Bursary honour