WITH the future of the Robert Juniper Awards for the Arts still uncertain after the scholarship lost its financial backing from the Shire of Mundaring, what could be the last cohort of finalists was this week announced.
The award offers $10,000 annually to assist young creative people from the Mundaring region achieve their dream, whether they be actors, musicians, artists, songwriters, photographers, graphic designers or more.
The finalists include musician Ben Bulla, a Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts student who has performed at the Ellington Jazz Club, the ECU Ball at Optus Stadium, Bunnuru Festival at Yagan Square and the Mundaring Folk and Blues Club.
Also in the running is Bianca Walter who after graduating from Eastern Hills Senior High School, spent 17 years drawing and painting friends and family members, participating in small exhibitions, and continually honing her skills.
She shares the limelight with Briony Bray, a photographer and artist, who has grown up immersed in a creative community.
“I am inspired every day to further my own artistic practice, as well as support the creatives that I am surrounded by,” she said.
Artist and curator Jo Meredith is also on the list. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UWA in 2008.
As an aspiring musician and photographer, Finn Owen is also a finalist this year.
“I feel inspired by photographers, musicians, writers and other creatives who came before me, as well as my friends and family” he said.
Michael Day is a 2015 graduate of WAAPA.
Since 2017 Day has been dedicated to developing his songwriting abilities, and honing his production skills (recording, mixing and mastering).
A former Duke of Edinburgh award recipient, and a graduate from the United World College program (India), Haylee Whisson completed a Bachelor of Performing Arts at WAAPA in 2019.
“I am fascinated with creating original, inventive theatre that pushes the possibilities of form when different artistic disciplines collide onstage to tell relevant stories,” she said.