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The annual Prize

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The Melbourne Prize Trust and annual Melbourne Prize

The Melbourne Prize Trust, established in 2004, provides financial and professional development opportunities to artists by running the annual Melbourne Prize, which operates in a three-year cycle as follows:

/ Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture (2017)
/ Melbourne Prize for Literature (2018)
/ Melbourne Prize for Music (2019)
Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2020 – cycle commences again

The Trust has three objectives, which are met by running the annual Melbourne Prize:

/ to recognise and reward excellence and talent;
/ to inspire creative development;
/ to enrich public life.

The annual Melbourne Prize is run as a competition each year according to the cycle. Please click here for information on the current annual Melbourne Prize. The competition is run in the first half of the year and the finalist exhibition is run in November at Federation Square.

The Melbourne Prize Trust is an Income Tax Exempt Charity listed on the Australian Federal Government’s Register of Cultural Organisations with Deductible Gift Recipient Status.

History

The Melbourne Prize Trust was established as an Income Tax Exempt Charity and Deductible Gift Recipient in 2004 and commenced the annual Melbourne Prize in 2005. The founder of the Trust, Simon Warrender, announced the annual Melbourne Prize, following the unveiling of his project being the commissioning of The Magic Pudding sculpture, as a centerpiece of a new children’s garden precinct in Melbourne’s CBD. The prize is established to provide opportunities for artists and recognise and reward excellence and talent, inspire creative development and enrich public life.

Proceeds from the sale of miniatures of the Royal Botanic Garden’s sculpture of The Magic Pudding contribute to the Melbourne Prize Trust. Click here to order a miniature.

The first three year cycle of the annual Melbourne Prize commenced with the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2005. The Trust funds the annual Melbourne Prize through cross-sector partnerships from the government and private sectors, and private patrons. The annual Melbourne Prize is open to Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents and residents of the State of Victoria. The home of the annual Melbourne Prize is Federation Square, where an exhibition of finalists, according to each cycle, is held each November. All recipients are announced on this website.

Click here for News on the annual Melbourne Prize.

Click here for more information about making a tax-deductible donation to the Melbourne Prize Trust.

Thank you for visiting our website and your interest in the annual Melbourne Prize.

The annual Melbourne Prize was founded by Simon Warrender with the foundation assistance of the Committee for Melbourne.

Donations

The Melbourne Prize Trust is supported by tax-deductible public donations to the Melbourne Prize Fund and corporate sponsorship. The Trust is listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations with Deductible Gift Recipient status for the Melbourne Prize Fund.

The Melbourne Prize Fund is used, along with sponsors and patrons, to contribute to the activities of the Melbourne Prize Trust and annual Melbourne Prize.

Click here for contact details to enquire about making a tax-deductible donation to the Melbourne Prize Fund.


Governance

Melbourne Prize Trust
ABN 46 190 726 471

Melbourne Prize Limited
as Trustee for Melbourne Prize Trust
ACN 107 593 868

Directors

Dr Janine Kirk AM
Chairman – The Prince’s Charities Australia
Simon H Warrender Executive Director, Secretary and Founder – Melbourne Prize Trust
Gerard Dalbosco Melbourne Managing Partner – Ernst & Young
Professor Andrea Hull AO Anthony Poynton Partner – MinterEllison Lawyers
Clive Scott General Manager – Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
Pamela M Warrender OAM

Management Committee

Dr Janine Kirk AM
Chief Executive – The Prince’s Charities Australia
Anthony Poynton Partner – MinterEllison Lawyers
Simon H Warrender Executive Director, Secretary and Founder – Melbourne Prize Trust

Administration co-ordinator

Sarah Kempson

Grants assistant

Bianca Durrant

Auditor

Grant Thornton