Recognising achievement and supporting individuals to continue lifelong work of benefit to the Australian community.
The Bettison and James Award has been established to recognise that many Australians have contributed exemplary and inspiring lifelong work of high achievement and public benefit. With this in mind, $50,000 will be awarded annually to a recipient who has contributed significantly in their area of expertise – which may include, among others, the arts and humanities, social justice, the environment or the sciences. Beneficiaries of the Award may wish to extend or archive their work, continuing to inspire and be of benefit to the community.
The Bettison and James Award, through the Jim Bettison and Helen James Foundation, is the result of the vision of Dr Jim Bettison and Ms Helen James, who were committed to supporting a wide range of activity in the community through philanthropy and professional engagement. Jim co-founded Codan, a successful and award-winning Adelaide company. He established the Developed Image Photographic Gallery and served as Deputy Chancellor at the University of Adelaide. Helen was an exhibiting studio artist. She served on various key arts committees and was a founding member of the National Library of Australia’s Foundation Board.
The Jim Bettison and Helen James Foundation has worked with the Adelaide Film Festival to facilitate the Bettison and James Award since the inaugural Award was presented in 2015.