TWO innovative young artists – composer Annika Moses and artist-designer Sarah Thornton-Smith – have been appointed as trustees to the Mundaring Bicentennial Scholarship Trust, presenters of the annual Robert Juniper Award for the Arts.
Annika Moses, a former winner of the award and currently in her third year at WAAPA studying composition and music technology, has recently been involved in three Perth Fringe Festival productions.
Ms Moses said winning the award enabled her to bring an ambitious installation to life at the Mundaring Art Centre and to gain firsthand experience of the work of the Trust.
“This award is the only one of its kind, as it enables young creatives to gain financial support to fund a project or develop their practice, rather than being a prize for a work already completed,” she said.
Darlington artist Sarah Thornton-Smith said she was honoured by the invitation.
“Supporting our youth will strengthen our future in many ways, and the arts hold the key to a future where innovation and sustainability will hopefully return our world to a more balanced one,” she said.
Chair of the Trust, Michael Ryan, welcomed the youth and enthusiasm that the new trustees would contribute.
Mr Ryan thanked longstanding Trustee Brian Hassell, who is retiring after 30 years with the Trust.
“Brian has contributed long and dedicated service both to the Trust and to the support of the arts in the Shire,” he said.
The Robert Juniper Award for the Arts is funded by the Shire of Mundaring and supplemented by fundraising activities of the Trust.