Melbourne Prize Trust

About us

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 (2014)
/ Melbourne Prize for Literature (2015)
/ Melbourne Prize for Music (2016)
Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2017 – 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.


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.


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.


Melbourne Prize Trust
ABN 46 190 726 471

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

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


Patrick Baker
Patrick is a philanthropy and non-profit specialist with Perpetual Private – Australia’s largest manager of private philanthropic wealth. He has established experience in governance, development and fundraising across the non-profit sector.

John Simpson
John is a long standing company director with established interests in education, broascast media, governance, the arts and social investment. He has been a non-executive director of more than 10 organisations including, Shell Australia Limited, ESSSuper (Chairman), the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and SecondBite (Food Rescue). John has been a vigorous advocate for the Melbourne Prize since it commenced.

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

Sarah Kempson

Grant Thornton

Simon Warrender
Simon, as a Bachelor of Business and Grad. Dip. in Applied Science, has extensive experience in the financial and aviation sectors and is the founder and Executive Director of the Melbourne Prize Trust. He has established a number of public benefit projects.

Dr Janine Kirk AM
Janine has over 30 years of senior management experience in both the private and public sectors. Over the last decade Janine has been a Ministerial appointee to an extensive range of State Government Committees, Councils and Boards in sectors as diverse as industry, marketing & branding, innovation, tourism and events, community development, infrastructure, finance, education, drug prevention, international trade and urban planning.

Gerard Dalbosco
Gerard is Melbourne Managing Partner and former Deputy CEO of EY Asia Pacific. Gerard joined EY in 1984, building a successful career in transaction advisory services. Educated in Melbourne, Gerard has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters of Applied Finance from the University of Melbourne. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. He is active in the community and a Director of the Committee for Melbourne; Chair of the Board and Finance Committee of Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak; a member of the Finance Committee, Newman College, Melbourne University; and Deputy Chairman of the Business Council at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Professor Andrea Hull AO
Professor Andrea Hull AO has had a distinguished career in the arts, cultural policy, and arts education in Chief Executive and Board advisory roles in Federal and State Government, and in education. Andrea has served on a wide variety of Federal and State Boards covering cultural, health promotion, cultural and public diplomacy, urban renewal and design, tourism, and innovation agendas.

Anthony Poynton
Anthony is a partner of MinterEllison and has been associated with the annual Melbourne Prize since its inception, including as a member of the Management Committee.

Clive Scott
With more than 35 years in the hotel industry, Clive has a Diploma in Hotel Management and a Degree in Economics and worked for the Hilton chain for 21 years. Clive has also spent time as the General Manager Human Resources for the Accor group of hotels (Australia/New Zealand/Japan). In 2005, Clive returned to Melbourne to take over the reins of the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins one of Melbourne’s most well known hotels. Clive is actively involved in Melbourne’s business and arts community and was recently awarded Accor Hotels worldwide a “Silver Bernache” for his outstanding contribution in the industry and arts community.

Pamela M Warrender OAM
Pamela has had extensive experience in the arts and cultural sector over many decades and played a foundation role in the Australian modern arts movement. Pamela is the founder of the Committee for Melbourne and a published author.