Mind and Matter, Helen James, 1991

October 2016

2016 JIM BETTISON & HELEN JAMES AWARD RECIPIENTS
INAUGURAL RECIPIENT ORATION TO BE DELIVERED AT THE 2016 ADELAIDE FESTIVAL OF IDEAS

The Adelaide Film Festival and Jim Bettison and Helen James Foundation announce the recipients of the annual Jim Bettison and Helen James Award, with not one but two recipients, Adventurer and Environmental Scientist Tim Jarvis and leading Australian dancer and choreographer Meryl Tankard.

The 2016 recipients will be acknowledged at the Adelaide Festival of Ideas’ (AFoI) ‘Thinking Adelaide – a Passion for Connecting & Collecting’, event with the inaugural recipient of the Award, Greg Mackie OAM.

The AFoI event, an In Conversation with festival special guest Phillip Adams on October 23, is an opportunity for Mackie to present and discuss the innovative work that the Award enabled him to pursue. Mackie has been researching and working towards the establishment of a ‘Thinking Adelaide’ global network of innovators and thought leaders, drawn from participants of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and the former Adelaide Thinkers in Residence Program. The initiative, an extension of his life’s work, aims to enhance Adelaide’s national and international standing as a promoter of new thinking.

Greg Mackie said, “I look forward to sharing the ideas that have evolved with the assistance of this amazing and generous Award. Connecting and collecting are in our cultural DNA!”


October 2015

ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL JIM BETTISON & HELEN JAMES AWARD RECIPIENT

Adelaide’s Greg Mackie was announced as the recipient of the 2015 Jim Bettison and Helen James Award. Adelaide Film Festival Director Amanda Duthie made the announcement during the Festival’s closing night Sunday October 25, 2015.

Amanda Duthie, Director of Adelaide Film Festival said, “I am delighted that the Adelaide Film Festival has the opportunity to work with the Foundation to administer the newest philanthropic Award to honour the work of big thinkers, bold leaders and creative innovation. Congratulations to Greg Mackie who embodies all of these qualities”.

“We are very pleased that Greg Mackie is the inaugural recipient of the Award, as his work over the years has benefited the community enormously. Jim and Helen admired and respected his work and the contribution of the Festival of Ideas. They would be so thrilled to see the Award now established.” Doreen Mellor, spokesperson for the Jim Bettison and Helen James Foundation

The Jim Bettison and Helen James Foundation now calls for applications for the 2016 Award. Details are available at www.adelaidefilmfestival.org.


September 2015

The Foundation is pleased to announce that the Adelaide Film Festival will be the administering Partner for The Jim Bettison and Helen James Award. The Foundation is delighted to partner with the Adelaide Film Festival which is committed to events and activity that provide a deeper and more rigorous understanding of the way we live now and how we could live in the future.

A press release announcing the inaugural Jim Bettison and Helen James Award recipient will be distributed later in 2015.