THE future of a major art award that has kick-started the creative career of many, is now secure thanks to a generous, but very fitting, local.
The Robert Juniper Award for the Arts offers up to $10,000 annually to someone under 35 years old from the Shire of Mundaring.
The future of the scholarship was in jeopardy when the Shire pulled its funding early last year, leaving organisers wondering if the awards could continue.
Now, the late Robert Juniper’s widow, Patricia Juniper, has accepted their invitation to be the new patron and sponsor.
“My late husband Robert had been the Patron of The Robert Juniper Award for the Arts, since it’s inception,” she said.
“Originally known as The Mundaring Bicentennial Scholarship, the Award was renamed after Robert’s death.
“When I learnt that the Shire of Mundaring was withdrawing their funding, I understood that without alternative funding the award would almost certainly come to an end.”
Patricia had attended the annual prize-giving ceremony with her late husband and through that had recognised how much of a difference the award had made to so many talented young people.
“Being a hills resident myself, and heavily involved in the arts, I continue to run and operate Juniper Galleries, which gives WA artists a platform to show their work, and also gives me the opportunity to share my private collection of Juniper paintings to the wider public,” she said.
By Rebecca Peppiatt