Perpetual awards record $460,000 in philanthropic funds to young Australian artists

10 March 2019

Perpetual today announced it is distributing a record $460,000 in philanthropic funds to 23 young Australian artists who have received the 2019 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships.

Each of this year’s winning artists, across the four categories of acting, painting, sculpture and singing, will receive a scholarship worth $20,000 to develop and enrich their careers through travel.

Perpetual received the highest ever number of applications for the scholarships this year, almost double the number of applications compared to the last round of applications for these categories.

“With prudent investment management Perpetual has been able to award a record number of Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships in 2019,”said Andrew Thomas, General Manager of Philanthropy at Perpetual.

“As well as being a musician, performer, dancer and accomplished writer, John Marten was at heart, a philanthropist,” Mr Thomas said.

“Some of our most celebrated figures within the arts community, including author Tim Winton and painter Wendy Sharpe, have benefitted from these scholarships.

“As a trustee we know how much of an impact philanthropy can have on communities and we are delighted that more than 30 years after these scholarships were first announced, they are still having a positive impact on the lives of talented young artists today.”

The 2015 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships winners include:


Winners: Josh Price, Ildiko Susany, Duncan Ragg, Nicole Shostak, Eryn Jean Norvill, Nikki Shiels

Mr Price is planning to travel to the UK to undertake improvisation and movement skills workshops, while Ms Susany will seek an internship with a theatre company in New York. Mr Ragg and Ms Shostak share an interest in clowning and will travel to Chicago and Europe to study comedy. Ms Norvill will concentrate her energies in the US, studying long-form improvisation, while Ms Shiels has chosen to specialise in Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.


Winners: Sean Crossley, Marc Freeman, Emily Hunt, Samuel Quinteros, Hayley Megan French, Tara Marynowsky

Mr Crossley will complete residencies in Europe and America, enhancing his skills in framing and mounting techniques and screen printing. Mr Freeman will carry out a residency in Beijing and pursue abstract style while integrating Asia-Pacific influences. Ms Hunt will pursue her interests in decorative painting on ceramics in Belgium and Berlin. Mr Quinteros will also travel to Belgium to study the canon of Western art followed by a residency in Tokyo. Ms French will embark upon a research trip to the East Kimberley, where she will study the painting practices of senior Gija artists. Ms Marynowsky will further her engagement with African American art and French symbolism by spending time with artists in Harlem, New York and Paris.


Winners: Paul Yore, Marley Dawson, Adelle Mills, Alice Couttoupes, Tully Arnot, Damien Butler

Mr Yore will travel across the USA for six months, undertaking research into American folk art and textiles. Mr Dawson will also spend an extensive period in America, including time in the studio with metal workers and carpenters, as will Ms Mills who will focus on the legacy of conceptualism. Ms Couttoupes will undertake a series of residencies and research trips to enhance her skills in sculptural ceramics. Mr Arnot will establish a studio with assistants in China and work in New Zealand for the first time. Mr Butler has accepted two residencies at the contemporary fine arts academy in Frankfurt, Germany.


Winners: Maximilian Riebl, Alexandra Flood, Elly Hoyt, Corinne Cowling, Hannah Dahlenburg

Mr Riebl will establish himself in Vienna to undertake intensive counter-tenor vocal study. Ms Flood will commence a Masters of Opera in Munich to enhance her vocal and acting technique. Ms Hoyt will study jazz voice intensively in Boston, USA for two years. Ms Cowling will pursue postgraduate study, travelling to Boston to complete a Masters of Music (Jazz Performance) and London to do the Guildhall Artist Masters in Performance (Vocal Studies) respectively. Ms Dahlenburg will relocate to Berlin to continue German language studies and audition for opportunities across Europe.

Honouring young artists across rotating categories, the five other categories of the scholarship to be awarded in 2016 are; architecture, ballet, instrumental music, poetry and prose. Applications will open in late 2019. For further details visit

Legacy of John Chisholm Marten honoured through $300,000 scholarship for young artists

5 March 2019

Perpetual has today announced the winners of the 2014 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships, which will give 15 young Australian artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic gifts locally and abroad.

A total of $300,000 will be distributed to the winners by Perpetual as trustee of the scholarship program, which was established as a charitable trust by the performing artist and author John Chisholm Marten. Each winning artist across the five categories – architecture, ballet, instrumental music, poetry and prose – will receive a scholarship worth $20,000.

Perpetual’s General Manager of Philanthropy, Andrew Thomas, said travel is a very effective tool for young artists wanting to develop their innovation and creativity, and also refine their skills and experience.

“Perpetual is delighted to acknowledge and celebrate this outstanding pool of talented artists who are excelling in their chosen fields,” Mr Thomas said.

“Perpetual warmly congratulates each of the winners on their achievement. We are confident the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships will allow them to pursue opportunities that otherwise may not have been possible and help them to excel in their careers through further study, research and training in Australia and overseas.”

The 2014 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships winners include:


Charlotte Algie, William Harvey-Jones and James Thomas Barclay – Ms Algie and Mr Barclay are planning to travel to the US East Coast to undertake further graduate study to challenge and re-imagine their practice, while Mr Harvey-Jones will travel to Japan to produce a documentary film on architecture in post-disaster reconstruction following the 2007 tsunami disasters.


Olivia Paine, Belle Beasley and Samuel Pereira – Ms Paine, Ms Beasley and Mr Pereira are auditioning for programs overseas to continue their ballet training, awaiting offers. Ms Paine and Mr Pereira graduated from The Australian Ballet School last year, while Ms Beasley graduated from the National College of Dance in Newcastle.

Instrumental music

Rosie Gallagher, Emily Sun and Man Chung Nicholas Young – the scholarships will support Ms Gallagher, Ms Sun and Mr Young in their graduate studies. Ms Gallagher will commence a position as a flutist at The Royal Academy of Music in the UK, while Ms Sun is currently exploring postgraduate options for the violin. Mr Young will continue his graduate studies for the piano at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria.


Candy Royalle, Jessica Wilkinson and Elizabeth Campbell – Ms Royalle plans to travel to the UK to take part in advanced courses in performance poetry, while Ms Wilkinson will travel overseas to conduct research on choreographer George Balanchine for her next book-length poetry work. Ms Campbell will travel to Europe to conduct historical research for her next collection of poems.


Laura Jean McKay, Tom Lee and Ender Baskan – Ms McKay plans to travel Australia to undertake residencies involving organisations that work with animals as part of her prose research, while Mr Lee plans to travel to explore a concept for his next work. Mr Baskan will travel to Europe as part of his journey to write a travel memoir and novel.

The scholarships were established by the late theatrical artist John Chisholm Marten in his will in 1964 and first awarded in 1975. They are awarded to Australian-born artists who show outstanding ability and promise in their field between the ages of 21 and 35, with the exception of ballet which is open to 17 to 35 year olds.

To view the announcements, and hear from the judges and winners, visit the website. Further information about the 2014 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships can also be found at

Later in 2019, applications will be open for the four other categories of the scholarship to be awarded in 2019; acting, painting, sculpture and singing.