Helen Denise Jones Arts Bursary

 Photo: Michelle Walker

Photo: Michelle Walker


Julia (pictured) was awarded the Helen Denise Jones OAM Arts Bursary for 2018 at the Christmas Concert fundraiser for the bursary trust on Sunday 26th November. Julia is from Circular Head and is a talented violinist.

Julia says she feels privileged and grateful to have been selected as this year's recipient. "Music, and the arts, is something I have always had a passion for and am excited to develop a career in... Receiving the bursary will certainly be a big help as I move onto further my studies in violin at university next year."

Julia commenced a Bachelor of Music Performance at the University of Melbourne in February, 2018.

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.



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