The William Fletcher Foundation, established in 2006

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Miss Eula Guthrie AO presents a grant to Minyo Weight, Newcastle University, November 2003. Eula was Chair of the Trust 2003–06 and the first Chair of the Foundation 2006–10.
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The Founder of the William Fletcher Trust, Trevor Andersen (left), with the Founding Chairman, Mr Ken Tribe AC (Patron 2003–10), his wife, Joan, and Robin Wines (right). The occasion was a Musica Viva Concert in February 2004 to celebrate Ken’s 90th birthday.

The William Fletcher Foundation is a charitable Foundation listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations. As such, it has Australian Taxation Office endorsement as a taxation-deductible gift recipient and as an income tax-exempt charitable entity (ACN 121 495 341).

The objects of the Foundation are to promote Fletcher’s work, to assist the development and advancement of young talented artists in need and to further the cause of art education in New South Wales.

About membership of the William Fletcher Foundation

The first object has been mainly the responsibility of Trevor Andersen, Fletcher’s friend and the executor of his estate, involving authorship of an illustrated monograph on the artist’s life and work (William Fletcher, 1983) and the founding of the Trust (1985). Donations from the founder and other individuals, sales at exhibitions and art auctions, together with royalties have provided the original source of the Foundation’s capital.

Examples of these are: the posthumous exhibitions held in 1983, 1985, 1987 and 2006; the National Trust’s use of Fletcher illustrations on three greeting cards; John Sands printing of a limited edition 12-illustration calendar for 1991, distributed on a world-wide corporate basis, and a 1992 calendar for general retail. Apart from continued donations from the founder, donations from generous private individuals have added to this healthy growth, which should continue from all the sources above. The Foundation continues to explore other ways of augmenting its capital.

The second object has been orientated to final year visual arts students in tertiary institutions in New South Wales. Currently, the following are involved: College of Fine Arts (University of NSW), National Art School, the National Institute of Dramatic Art (design course); Southern Cross University, Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney), University of Newcastle (both visual arts and natural history illustration) and the University of Wollongong.

Only applicants who demonstrate outstanding quality in their submitted works and academic records, together with a case for financial assistance, are awarded grants.

By 2012 the Foundation and the Trust had together distributed $300 450 to 406 students. In several cases the grants have enabled talented students, who would have dropped out because of financial hardship, to finish their studies. An archive of grants is available on the Grantees page.

The William Fletcher Foundation is now on a firm footing. In 2005–06 the The William Fletcher Trust had received an unexpected yet welcome bequest from the estate of Dr M Matheson Lines of Mosman. This guarantees the continued real value of the current awards.

In mid-2010, the Foundation announced an exciting new biennial scholarship for an outstanding emerging artist, worth over $25 000.