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 benefit; and that the completion, extension, recording and/or dissemination of such work would have benefits for both the individual concerned and for the wider Australian community.
On an annual basis, it is hoped that the Award, which is provided in recognition of achievement, will provide the beneficiary with further time for activity that may continue to inspire, enrich and be of benefit to the community. Each year, the award will give $50,000 to a recipient who has contributed significantly in their area of expertise – which might include, among others, the arts and humanities, social justice, the environment or the sciences.
The Jim Bettison and Helen James Foundation was established to realise 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, 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.
Helen and Jim envisioned an Award that would be given annually to an individual whose lifetime work is of significant value and benefit to the community; and who could use the opportunity offered by the award to record, archive or extend that work; or to complete a project related to that work.
The recipient may have any area of expertise that may encompass, among others, the arts and humanities, social justice, science, the environment or sciences generally. A recipient must be demonstrably established in their field, discipline or sector in Australia, and must have engaged in a lifetime of work that is of significant value and benefit to the community.