Submerged (detail), Helen James 1995, Oil on gesso on linen on marineply, 150 x 40 cm

In one lifetime

The Jim Bettison and Helen James Award has been established to recognise that many Australians have contributed exemplary and inspiring lifelong work of high achievement and benefit to the Australian culture and 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. $50,000 will be awarded to the recipient who has contributed significantly in their area of expertise, and who may use the opportunity 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.

Individuals who wish to apply for The Jim Bettison and Helen James Award should go to the Apply page for more information. Individuals may be invited to apply or nominated by a third party.