We invite you to support this new program which will provide new opportunities to local artists.
The Helen Dangar Memorial Art Bursary has been established to help local artists advance in their chosen career path. Each year the fund will support a local artist from the New England region attend a special professional or creative development activity (a course, masterclass, conference, workshop or residency) that will help them to improve their skills, learn new techniques or broaden their artistic horizons. The bursary will be open to artists of all skill levels – from young and emerging artists to experienced creators.
The Helen Dangar Memorial Bursary aims to:
- Create new opportunities for regional artists to improve their practice;
- Promote awareness of the central role of the New England Regional Art Museum in our region’s artistic community;
- Acknowledge the contribution made to the arts by Helen and Bill Dangar and the Dangar family.
About Helen Dangar
Helen Dangar (1944-2015) was an accomplished academic at the University of New England and teacher who taught French at the New England Girls School for twenty years where she was Head of Modern Languages and Coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Helen was very passionate about art, music and literature and took a great interest in the artistic wellbeing of the Armidale community. She and her family have been great supporters of the New England Regional Art Museum both financially and in person.
Both Helen and Bill Dangar donated many hours as volunteers at NERAM in a number of roles and the family home and its art collection were open to the community on many occasions to support NERAM fundraising activities. Helen died in 2015 at the age of 71 after having fought cancer for many years. She led an active life almost to the end and her passing left an enormous gap in the community.
The Helen Dangar Memorial Arts Bursary celebrates her contribution and creates a lasting memorial to a much-missed person who gave so much energy and vitality to the New England Regional Art Museum and the cultural life of Armidale and the wider region.
The Helen Dangar Memorial Art Bursary is being established with funds from Bill Dangar and the Dangar family, Friends of NERAM Inc and your donations.
The Helen Dangar Memorial Art Bursary funds will be administered as a sub-fund by the NERAM Foundation with income generated from the fund used to cover the annual costs of the bursary and its administration. NERAM Foundation will make available 80% of the annual interest from the Bursary Fund’s capital for this purpose. The aim is to provide an annual bursary of between $1500-2000 to an artist each year.
The administration of the Helen Dangar Memorial Art Bursary is managed by the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM), who are responsible for calling for applications, convening the selection panel, announcing successful applicants and disbursing funds. Successful applicants will need to provide NERAM with a report about the funded activity after its completion and acknowledge NERAM and the bursary in any promotions, media or outcomes.
Inaugural Helen Dangar Memorial Art Bursary recipient announced
Armidale based artist Lizzie Horne was announced as the inaugural Helen Dangar Memorial Art Bursary recipient at the 32nd Packsaddle fundraising exhibition at the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) on Friday 20 October 2017. As the inaugural recipient Lizzie Horne will receive a $1,500 grant towards the costs of extending her printmaking skills with studio-based tuition in aluminium etching and waterless lithography at the Fondazione Il Bisonte studio in Florence, Italy in May 2018.
How to support the Helen Dangar Memorial Arts Bursary
Donations to support the establishment of the Helen Dangar Memorial Art Bursary can be made to the NERAM Foundation through the New England Regional Art Museum. Please make cheques out to “NERAM Foundation” and include a note that the donation is for the purpose of supporting The Helen Dangar Memorial Art Bursary.
Payment can be made online, at NERAM front desk, by cheque, via Direct Deposit or by Credit Card – Click here to download the donation form.
You can donate online by clicking the “Make a Donation” image shown above.
Donations can also be made by visiting the NERAM front desk, by cheque, via Direct Deposit or by Credit Card.
Click here to download the donation form.
Please complete this form to inform us of your payment (including online transactions) and return to us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Completed forms are to be posted to:
Helen Dangar Memorial Art Bursary, NERAM, PO Box 508, Armidale NSW 2350.