July 2021

Message From the Chair

The Foundation has entered the second half of the year with a renewed sense of purpose and has welcomed Satu Teppo as our Acting Executive Director. Satu is an experienced leader with an international background in both public and private sectors and with extensive experience within the arts. She recently managed our highly successful 2021 Annual Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration.

In July we co-presented the South Australian Women's & Gender Studies Annual Public Lecture with the Australian Women’s & Gender Studies Association and co-hosted the annual Hugo Memorial Lecture as part of the 2021 Festival of Ideas in collaboration with the Stretton Institute.

In addition, we have recruited three enthusiastic and talented university students as interns and look forward to supporting their aspirations through mentoring and specific projects which we will describe in future months. We are continuing to plan our future events and programmes but much of our focus will be on archival, curatorial and behind the scenes projects involving volunteers as we continue to navigate through changing public health directions in relation to the pandemic.

Stay safe

Jane Lomax-Smith

News and Events

The 11th South Australian Women's & Gender Studies Annual Public Lecture

On 15 July, the Don Dunstan Foundation co-presented the 11th South Australian Women’s & Gender Studies Annual Public Lecture together with Flinders University, University of Adelaide and UniSA. The lecture was presented as part of the biennial conference of the Australian Women’s & Gender Studies Association (AWGSA).

Dr Juliet Watson from RMIT delivered the lecture and highlighted the lack of data on women’s homelessness, although it accounts for around 40% of the total. Dr Watson explained from her research that women’s homelessness was known to be driven by domestic violence and poverty but in turn, exposed women to greater risk of exploitation and violence.

Dr Watson discussed the challenges for pregnant and nursing mothers who previously may have had minimal or no antenatal care and were scared of having their children taken into care. Generally, in a circuitous irony, housing can only be obtained if mother and baby are homeless. But homelessness for a new mother tends to result in the infant being taken into care. Despite the rather harrowing accounts, Dr Watson told some stories of women who obtained housing with their baby and partner and were able to turn all their lives around.

Associate Professor (Flinders University) Barbara Baird chaired the lecture and our own Chair of the Don Dunstan Foundation, Hon. Dr Jane Lomax-Smith AM, delivered the vote of thanks.

Image (left to right): Dr Monique Mulholland (Flinders University), Convenor of the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association 2021 conference, with which the public lecture was associated; Dr Juliet Watson (RMIT University), who delivered the public lecture; and Associate Professor Barbara Baird (Flinders University), Convenor of the SA Women’s & Gender Studies Annual Public Lecture.

Hugo Memorial Lecture - Adelaide Festival of Ideas

As part of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and Illuminate Adelaide, the Don Dunstan Foundation and the Stretton Institute, University of Adelaide, co-presented the Hugo Memorial Lecture: This is Demography Manifest.

The lecture was delivered by Adam Graycar, Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Stretton Institute and Hugo Centre at the University of Adelaide. Professor Graycar spoke about how demography can help us understand contemporary Australia. Don Dunstan Foundation Chair, Hon. Dr Jane Lomax-Smith AM, was the MC for the event.

The Hugo Lecture is an annual public oration delivered by a prominent academic thought-leader on a topic of contemporary global importance. It was established in 2015 in memory of the late Professor Graeme Hugo, an internationally renowned demographer based at the University of Adelaide for several decades.

Image: Hon. Dr Jane Lomax-Smith AM and Professor Adam Graycar

Don Dunstan Foundation Award at SALA 2021

The Don Dunstan Foundation gives a prize of $1000 each year in the South Australian Living Artists Festival.  The Don Dunstan Foundation Award is for artists whose work explores social justice themes which align with the objectives and priorities of the Don Dunstan Foundation including homelessness; mental health; migration (including cultural and ethnic diversity); economic equality and justice; Aboriginal economic empowerment and reconciliation; human rights; or Don Dunstan himself. The three finalists this year are:
  • Pepai Jangala Carroll, a Luritja/Pitjantjatjara established artist based in Pukatja and working from Ernabella Arts. You can see his work, ceramics and stoneware concerned with passing on cultural heritage, in Gallery One at JamFactory.
  • Tom Phillips, whose work focuses on the fear of loneliness, isolation, and human struggles, at The Main Gallery on Halifax St, Adelaide.
  • Tailor Winston, an emerging interdisciplinary artist, using visual art, performance and spoken word to explore concepts such as decolonisation, environmentalism and spiritual identity, at Nexus Arts.
SALA will open on 1 August for all exhibitions that can open safely and comply with current public health-related directions.

Len King Scholarship

Since 2014 the Foundation has proudly awarded the Len King Scholarship in the memory of Hon. Len King AC QC (1925-2011). The scholarship offers up to $15,000 per year for up to four years for students who are undertaking studies in Law at either the University of Adelaide or Flinders University, and who share Len King and Don Dunstan's passion for social justice.

One of this year’s four recipients is Uyen Lam, an accomplished student in her third year of Law and Accounting degree at the University of Adelaide. She is interested in refugee law and advocacy for Indigenous rights.
The Len King Scholarship has provided Uyen with stability and helped her to solidify her focus for the future. Uyen would love to remain involved in community legal services in order to make a genuine difference in the community. The scholarship has allowed Uyen to focus on her studies and fully experience university life, encouraging her to reach her full potential.
The Foundation is proud to support talented young people, like Uyen, in their pursuit of social justice. We offer Uyen our warm congratulations and look forward to following her contribution to our community into the future.

Image: Uyen Lam, 2021 Len King Scholar

News From Our Partners and Friends

William Morris and the Kelmscott Press in Adelaide

Don Dunstan was an admirer of crafts and design and the vision for developing an organisation like the JamFactory was based on Morris’s respect for the dignity of craft skills and the delivery of a fair reward for workmanship. Adelaide interestingly holds the largest collection of William Morris material outside London. Much is in the Art Gallery of South Australia but the University of Adelaide has an extraordinary and complementary collection which is the subject of a special exhibition.

The University of Adelaide, Special Collections celebrated International Kelmscott Press Day this year by hosting both physical and online displays of items connected to William Morris, the Kelmscott Press and the Arts and Crafts Movement.

The University holds a small but significant body of Kelmscott printed heritage, including the Kelmscott Beowulf and the Sire Degrauvant in historic fine bindings, two deluxe facsimiles of The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, plus other rare, original Kelmscotts of notable provenance.

Underpinning the original sources are research level collections of secondary works, donated by Christine Macgregor and Eugene LeMire, for the study of William Morris, the Kelmscott Press, the influences on his work and the legacy he left behind. The physical exhibition is on Level 1 of the Barr Smith Library until late August, and via this link to Adelaide Connect, the University's new online special collections platform
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