Jim Bettison and Helen James in the early 1980s. Image © Robert McFarlane.

The Jim Bettison and Helen James Foundation was established through the estates of the late Dr Jim Bettison and the late Helen James, who during the three decades they shared together, 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.