Albert Tucker is known as one of Australia’s foremost artists and as a key figure in the development of Australian modernism in Melbourne. Primarily a figurative painter, his works responded to the world around him and his own life experiences, and they often reflected critically on society. During his career he played an active role in art politics, particularly in the1940s, writing influential articles about the direction of art in Australia. He also held prominent positions within the art community, including President of the Contemporary Art Society in the late 1940s and again in the 1960s.
Tucker grew up during the Depression and began his career as a young artist in the late 1930s, in the years leading up to the outbreak of World War II. At this time, his world was defined by financial insecurity, social inequality and war, and these concerns became the catalyst for much of his painting. Influenced by his peers as well as European modernism, he developed an expressive style through which he communicated his disillusionment about society during wartime. He believed the war contributed to decaying moral values in Melbourne.
His Images of Modern Evil series (1943–47) represented the city as a dangerous place and reflected a new spirit in Australian painting. Imagery in his work from the 1940s also derived from his first hand experiences of the horrors of war. In 1942 he was based at the Heidelberg Military Hospital as an illustrator for medical records, and there saw soldiers suffering from horrific injuries and psychological damage. Often dark, ominous and unsettling, his wartime paintings interwove his pessimistic thoughts about war, life and society.
In 1964, after returning from Europe and the United states, Albert met and married Barbara Bilcock.
Barbara Tucker was devoted to Bert for the 35 years of their marriage and, following Bert’s death in 1999, to his legacy and the management of his estate. Barbara was a founding member of the Redmond Barry Society at the State Library of Victoria. Recognising both the importance of the Library to Bert and his earlier gift of a Barrett Reid portrait, Barbara made a major donation to the Library in 2004, followed by many other significant donations, including paintings, papers, photographs and some of Bert’s memorabilia, including Ned Kelly’s rifle.
Barbara also gave generously to the National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria, Monash Gallery of Art and Benalla Art Gallery. Then, of course, there were significant donations to Heide.
Barbara passed away in May 2015, leaving explicit instruction in her will, that the long cherished dream of both she and Bert be established. A charitable trust, to be known as the Albert and Barbara Tucker Foundation.
Their individual creative, humanitarian and environmental interests culminate to form the body of causes to be supported by the trust as follows.
Each year, the Tucker Foundation will consider applications from organisations seeking to undertake projects that further the Foundation's aims and objectives.
The Tucker Foundation is pleased to announce the following successful grant applications for the 2017 funding round.
The Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) is seeking funding from the Tucker Foundation to help facilitate Aboriginal participation in national meetings in 2018, 2019 & 2020. Organising the meeting is a large undertaking with work beginning three months in advance. The meetings are currently held each October. In July the committee decides on a venue and committee members assemble a team of volunteers to begin work on organising a venue, travel and accommodation for those attending, canvassing members to set the agenda and catering. The ANFA database is updated to include any newly impacted communities and/or organisations working on nuclear issues. Contact is made with all member groups and organisation of the travel arrangements and drafting of a meeting agenda begins. The majority of coordination work is provided as in-kind support from member organisations. The funds that we are requesting are to cover travel and accommodation costs for two representatives from each Aboriginal community directly impacted by nuclear developments to attend the meeting (approx. 50 people), the hire of a conference room for the weekend of the meeting and catering. At the meeting, the program consists of forums with multi-media content and open discussion groups assisted by environmentalists, health professionals, unionists, campaigners and activists. The meeting is documented, minutes are recorded and a statement is produced. Following the meeting, these are circulated to all ANFA members. A new National Committee will be formed at the meeting that will coordinate ANFA´s work throughout the following year.
Connections was established in 1992 and auspiced by Inverell Shire until 2015. Connections merged with BEST Employment in October 2015 and when this occurred, a vacant Support workers for art program participants are covered by the NDIS, but participants’ tuition and materials are not. As people with disability are largely excluded from creative opportunities in our district, mostly due to lack of built-in support or stigma, we strive to give people the same chance to pursue their artistic vision, so seek the materials to make that accessible for the people who want to engage. Premises owned by BEST, was established as arts centre for Connections clients. Initially starting with 10 participants, the arts program been so popular, over 60 people now access a range of creative arts programs including: painting, sculpture, drama, music, woodwork and lure-making. Demand from across the region is expected to continue to grow. Funding will provide a range of art supplies, including paints, brushes, pencils, coloured pencils, pens, modelling clays, sketch/drawing pads, and canvases, in response to demand from our studio arts groups for at least one year. We also seek funding to assemble 20 personal protection packs to each of the woodworking participants, with extra for new artists and some special safety equipment. Having their own safety gear prevents cross-contamination from those with chronic ear or eye infections, and also allow people to care for and maintain their own equipment.
As volunteer wildlife shelters we are looking at methods to not only reduce our environmental impact but also help reduce the shelters running costs. This project is in two comp6onents: 1. our energy consumption. The running of washing machines, fridges and specialised heating cooling and medical equipment are essential for keeping our animals fit and well but also consume a lot of power. 2. The second component is the supply of specialised medical equipment, formula, grains and bedding for wildlife. These vital items are the largest cost to wildlife shelters and these costs grow each year as the number of animals arriving for rehabilitation also increases, meaning funds cannot be spared for vital enclosure upgrades.
We are seeking sponsorship for the running costs of our recently purchased Hyundai iLoad food van, which is used to collect and deliver food donated by Coles (SecondBite), from FoodBank Victoria and from other suppliers. Our Foodbank program provides food to families and individuals in need in the form of hampers which provide a balanced diet for 3 days for all the people in the household, available for collection from our office. The van is used to deliver hampers to the housebound and those who have difficulty in getting to the shops. Through our Foodshare program, we also provide bread and fresh produce on a regular basis to families who are struggling on low incomes for an extended time. Food is also delivered to other agencies including two school breakfast clubs, a community housing facility run by Vincent Care for those at risk of homelessness, and a privately owned housing facility for women and their children in need of temporary accommodation. Our Outreach program distributes hampers to clients nominated by other organisations, such as churches and schools, through those organisations. Each Christmas we also put together Christmas hampers containing festive food for families doing it tough over Christmas. The CareWorks Christmas Appeal provides an opportunity for the Sunbury community to donate food through a donation cage which is placed in Sunbury Square Shopping Centre in the weeks before Christmas. This cage is emptied daily, and sometimes more frequently. Additional food is purchased through Foodbank Victoria and local supermarkets.
The management, interpretation and presentation of collections is fundamental to any museum. Currently, CAM cannot currently undertake these tasks effectively. A complex trust structure makes ownership of, and responsibility for the collection unclear. Outdated software makes the collection database unreliable and puts corporate records at risk. Unlike most museums, CAM is unable to present its collections online. A recent funding crisis means that CAM no longer employs a collection manager. This project seeks to resolve these challenges, establishing up-to-date collection management and online access. The project is a three-year strategy targeting immediate operational needs, clarification of ownership, asset management, and expanded access to the collection: Safe storage of the collection: contracted services from a collection management consultant monitoring museum environment, security and risk (CAM fundraising); Upgrade collection database to industry standard: contracted services transferring current data to the Vernon collection management system (Support sought from Tucker Foundation); Collection ownership: contracted services delivering audit of art collection and acquisition history in preparation for transfer of asset from private trust to CAM Ltd (CAM fundraising, pro bono services); Digitise art collection and incorporate in Vernon CMS: enable online access to collection, support essential museum operations (exhibition planning, promotion, education, audit). (CAM fundraising). This project will support effective asset management (ownership, acquisition history, object location, valuation). It will introduce tools supporting exhibition, public programs, education and promotion. Above all, it will allow CAM to make its greatest asset, its collection, visible to the public through online access.
After we had taken over the Dingo Centre, the relative Government Departments then decided that all rescued dingoes would be directed to us. To date there has been no financial support from the Department or any Government agency, funds coming largely from our own pocket and some private donations, To continue to act as a place of refuge for the Australian Native Dog and to enable us to maintain the integrity of the breed,, we have a quite urgent need to improve our current infrastructure and facilities. To enable us to continue to take in rescued dingoes, we need to build several more holding pens, to increase and expand our hospital facilities and to install solar panels to replace the generators that we currently use for our power. We are excited at the prospect of being able to improve the property, to provide further employment to locals in need of work as well as providing a haven for many more injured, orphaned and starving dingoes.
Healthy meals for children Support from the Albert and Barbara Tucker Foundation will enable us to deliver meals free of charge to vulnerable children aged between 3 and 18. Children from low socio-economic areas who are impacted by poverty and/or addiction, domestic violence, parents’ mental health problems, unemployment and homelessness will receive our meals. We will deliver fresh fruit platters, vegetables, fresh sandwiches and hot healthy, ready-to-eat meals to kindergartens, primary and secondary school students, children living with their families in supported accommodation and disadvantaged teenagers in before and after school care programs. For those children with no access to a kitchen we will deliver boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as groceries, lunch ingredients and special treats, such as cakes and other desserts. Examples of some of the community food programs we will support: 2 mornings per week fresh sandwiches and fruit platters, vegetable sticks, dips and savouries delivered to TRY Kindergarten in Prahran for groups of disadvantaged toddlers; 3 days per week ready-to-heat meals, fresh fruit and breakfast supplies delivered to Prahran Community Learning Centre for groups of disadvantaged teenagers; 1 afternoon per week lunch delivered to LiveWires, a charity providing aftercare programs for housing estate kids ; Weekly boxes of groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables and frozen meat delivered to, or collected by, the Children First Foundation and McAuley House, a women’s refuge; Weekly boxes of lunch ingredients, fresh fruit and vegetables and cakes delivered for children in supported accommodation (STEPS Program, LAUNCH Housing) whose families have no access to kitchens.
We will be developing and implementing a ‘Zero Waste Educational Hub’ at the front of Friends of the Earth Food Co-operative, with visibility from the street. The hub will be situated at the front of the store and will be fitted out with a floor to ceiling display of bulk food dispensers, a refill shopping area with alternatives to single use packaging and digital interactive interface touch screens. We want to create a new FoE Food Co-op website as part of the project that will promote waste minimisation and give around the clock accessibility to information. The website will be part of the digital interactive interface and will be displayed on touch screens that will be situated within the ‘Zero Waste Educational Hub’. The website will be providing information on the amount of energy and resources being used by packaging, waste levels in the local environment with practical ways to reduce them, recipes and inspiration for healthy living along with environmental and social justice information (i.e. Bio-Dynamic, Organic, local, fairtrade, GMO and Palm Oil). This project will allow us to work with a web designer, architect and carpenter to achieve our vision of the Zero Waste Educational Hub.
The River Country project came after a successful 15 year long struggle in alliance with First Nation and other green groups for the formation of the Barmah and Millewa National Parks. The 185,000 ha Murray River Red Gum Park was established in 2010 with co-management of the park to be between State Governments and the Yorta Yorta Traditional Owners. New National Parks and Regional Forests were created after a Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) report found that 75% of Red Gum trees were ‘dead or dying’. Since then, the River Country Campaign has continued to work collaboratively with traditional owners seeking co-management along the Murray River. The campaign has also worked to improve policy and funding for Indigenous Protected Areas, on capacity-building projects with local communities along the Murray, and on on-ground surveying, threatened species and weeding work. Red Gum forest floodplains are reliant on environmental flows and natural flooding. As the VEAC study found, without adequate water, these forests die. There is less than 10% of remnant Red Gum forests left and the habitat is vital for several species of threatened and endangered flora and fauna species including the Inland Carpet Python and Regent Parrot. The project seeks to analyse the current environmental flows that are currently controlled and allocated via the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder under the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
Through the eyes of the child: Supporting young people affected by trauma. Our program provides therapeutic counselling for children between the ages of 5 and 17 who are experiencing loss, grief and trauma as a result of family violence, relationship breakdown, bereavement, family illness, abuse and bullying. The impact on the mental, physical, emotional & economic state of a family experiencing a child/youth with behavioural issues, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, depression, grief and so forth is exhausting. Supporting them as they weather this storm will give them hope. Our program works in collaboration with local schools, local GPs, psychologists, OzChild, City of Kingston, City of Glen Eira and many other agencies to help vulnerable children. There has been an overwhelming response to this program due to its unique features: Providing as many sessions as required for each child that families would otherwise not afford; Providing tailor-made counselling sessions to each child with the help of a team of experienced counsellors, trained volunteers and family therapist; Providing individual support for primary carers at no extra cost.. The program utilises a combination of group or individual therapy, and art and music. The program provides support for primary care givers, and collaborates, connects and supports relevant local agencies (schools, psychologists, court system, welfare agencies) to build the child’s support network & resilience. GriefLine also aims to organise education workshops to empower the community.
The River’s Edge Project - Protecting and rehabilitating Heide’s Indigenous Remnant Conservation Zone This project will protect, preserve and rehabilitate Heide’s Indigenous Remnant Conservation Zone (IRCZ) of just under 2000 square metres, in the riparian area towards the south-west corner of the property. The project aims to restore the pre-colonial vegetation and thus encourage the return of native wildlife to the area and to engage visitors with the history and significance of the zone. Work on creating Heide’s IRCZ was initiated in 2011 when the area was waist deep in Tradescantia, blackberry and the other herbaceous weeds. A solid year of hand removal and some revegetation took place, however the area has since become overrun and will require a substantial amount of work to rehabilitate it completely. The project will take place over three years from 2018 to 2020: Year 1, 2018: The first year will focus on rehabilitating and protecting the IRCZ through clearing of weeds, planting of species indigenous to the locale and the replacement of a fence between the zone and the neighbouring parkland.Year 2, 2019: The second stage of the project will involve researching, developing and installing interpretive signage to inform visitors about the environmental and historical significance of the area and the IRCZ, while also continuing maintenance and revegetation. Year 3, 2020: The third stage of the project will develop engaging public programs and events focusing on the IRCZ. Maintenance and revegetation will be ongoing.
Family violence is a serious and widespread problem in Australia, with enormous individual and community impacts and social costs. Investment in programs that empower victims of family violence present a significant opportunity for social impact: programs to help victims cope with abuse, plan for safety, and develop self-esteem. There are minimal support programs for client education, wellbeing, children’s activities and community education in Melbourne’s inner-eastern region (research by Chisholm Institute for Kara House). Kara House is seeking financial support from The Tucker Foundation for an Art Therapy program in refuge and a Family Violence Support Group program in the community. Art Therapy provides an empowering outlet to assist survivors safely express and contain difficult and terrorising feelings, cope with traumatic memories and triggers, support emotional stabilisation and strengthen a sense of safety. A trained art therapist will conduct fortnightly 2-hour art therapy classes (26 sessions a year) for women and children in Kara House refuge, with a goal of allowing space for relaxation/reflection of personal strengths and resources. Family Violence Support Group. Partnering with Carrington Health, we will host 2 facilitated Support Groups for women (from Whitehorse community) with referrals from Carrington Health, doctors and Centrelink social workers. The primarily aim is family violence education, facilitated group discussions, with focus on wellbeing and moving forward via relaxation activities eg. massage, tai chi, music and art therapy. Participants’ safety will be the highest priority. Participants will be interviewed prior to joining the group to ensure there is minimal risk to their wellbeing.
Currently our greatest need is a transport vehicle that can accommodate multiple animals. We often pick up many dogs at a time from puppyfarms in rural areas and require a vehicle with enough space to fit a number of transport crates as well as supplies. We are limited on the number of animals we can collect at any one time due to only having the use of our own personal vehicles. A van would be invaluable for our organisation to ensure that we are never in a position where we must leave an animal behind.
Flourish is a project of workshops for women who have survived domestic violence, learning life-writing skills to communicate their survival story in a way that empowers them and other women with shared experiences. Flourish aims to break down the overwhelming feelings of isolation for women who have experienced D&FV in 2 ways: by connecting participants with each other and by sharing their journey of survival with the community. The project will provide seven 3-hour workshops that will teach participants life-writing skills and provide guidance and support to write their story of surviving domestic & family violence. A writer who is a young woman with a disability will facilitate the workshops. She has firsthand experience having survived family violence. The facilitator has designed the workshop specifically for women who have experienced D&FV, with an understanding of the impacts of trauma. The workshops will be co-facilitated by a published author who can teach participants the skills of connecting with an audience. The workshops will be held at PWHC with child minding available onsite and caseworkers for additional support. Workshop structure (see additional attached information); Workshop 1 – Building Rapport and the power of Conveying a Story Workshop 2 – Determining the Epicentre of the Client’s Story Workshop 3 – Exploring Structure, Person and Narrative Arc in Building A Story Workshop 4 – Making the Personal in to the Universal Workshop 5 – The Value of Life Writing Stories Workshop 6 – Sharing their Written Experience Workshop 7 – The Making of a Novel
This year RACS assisted over 1,500 vulnerable individuals and families to seek protection in Australia by providing crucial legal assistance to lodge their applications for protection. These people now need our help with the next critical stages in their application process. The government has indicated they want to complete all interviews with people seeking asylum from this group by October 2018 so time is critical. The legal assistance we provide now will impact the final decision on their case and their future, and will ensure that everyone has the opportunity of fair representation before the law. Our legal expertise will be essential at all of the following stages:
Share the dignity has developed the innovative Dignity Vending Machine (also known a #Pinkbox) in the hope of making a difference to the lives of women experiencing homelessness and domestic violence. These vending machines are purposely designed to dispense a 'FREE' Period Pack of sanitary products containing 2 pads and 6 tampons, sufficient for what we believe will assist women for 24 hours. We are hoping to install two of these machines in Western Australia, in safe and secure areas for women and girls in need to access, such as charities, homeless hubs, domestic violence refuges, community centres and schools.
The current project (Grace Homestead) is a facility in the Lockyer Valley, which caters specifically for mothers who are struggling with a substance use disorder and mental health condition. The facility enables a mother with up to two children to seek treatment while continuing to care for her children. Only a handful of similar centres operate across Australia leaving a gap in service provision to this population. Similar centres operating overseas have reported effective outcomes such as lower relapse rates, increase in social responsibility, and self-sufficiency (Conners, Bradley, Whiteside-Mansell, & Crone, 2001). Children living with parents who have a substance use disorder often have poorer developmental outcomes, more likely to be neglected or otherwise abused, and more likely to experience social disadvantage (Dawe, Harnett, & Frye, 2008). In addition to substance use rehabilitation and mental health therapeutic intervention, the Grace Homestead program will provide mothers with parenting training to assist to develop skills to become effective parents. Each of the nine clinical beds costs $23333 per year to maintain. That is, the cost of the Clinicians and Support workers to provide support and therapeutic intervention is $23,333 per resident. The application for the Tucker Foundation funding would assist us to maintain one of our clinical beds for three years. In human terms, this funding means that we can change the lives of six mothers over three years.
"Dads equip group". There are very limited services to support the needs of dads within a family with children on the autism spectrum. This can lead to significant issues for children with many dads experiencing poor mental health or disengaging from the family unit. The "dads equip group" is a year-long project and new way of addressing family support, by providing male led, empowering and positive mental health and mentoring support to dads with children on the autism spectrum. This group will run from the spectrum journeys hub in Lilydale and a male facilitator will design a specific dads based program to help dads understand Autism in a real and practical way, as well as support them to learn about embracing their role as dad of a child with additional needs and equipping them with strategies to support themselves, their children and their family unit. The aim will be to run the group every 2 or 3 weeks. The group will allow for structured workshop learning, guest speakers, activity based connection and the development of a new, supportive and understanding peer network to scaffold the support around each participant. Through the program, dads will be provided with additional materials to help them thrive between meetings, as well as appropriate referral, should they need additional support.
The Junior Top Blokes Mentoring program is an evidence-based program that directly responds to the current trends of anti-social behaviour, community isolation and higher incidences of mental health issues among males aged 14-17. It improves social harmony by strengthening the mental health, well-being and emotional resilience of teenage boys while improving their engagement and perception within the wider community. Over 16 weeks, groups of 14-17 year old male high school students complete 16 x one-hour workshops, facilitated by qualified youth workers and together explore the social and societal issues that are currently or soon to be facing the participants. Our funding request will enable 2 high schools, Picnic Point High School, Picnic Point & Delany College, Granville, who fall below the median of the ICSEA (Index for Community Socio-Educational Advantage) and SEIFA (Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas) who are on our waiting list, to receive our program for 12 months. This will enable approx 72-96 at-risk and disadvantaged young men to complete the program. Outputs include: - Delivery of program to 2 disadvantaged high schools - 8 x 16 week programs across two high schools - 128 workshops in total - Between 72-96 participants to complete the program - Employment of two youth workers for 7 hrs per week x 34 weeks - 8 x outcome reports to be shared with funder, stakeholders and schools.
The project is to create an outdoor area where Woodrising Neighbourhood Centre can host regular Barbecue’s for the disadvantaged in the community and also host youth barbeques with our Adolescent Counsellor. The Community Workers can then liaise with the community and provide information and referral about services which will help them to improve their situation. Quotes have been obtained to purchase a sturdy vandal resistant electric barbeque, a picnic table and bench, and to concrete an existing area. The outdoor area at the Centre currently has a stable aluminium awning covering a children’s sandpit. This space will be utilised in a more beneficial way removing this, concreting the area underneath the awning to make an outdoor meeting space. The funding would employ a tradesman to remove the sandpit and concrete the area at the rear of the centre. Once the area is completed the Centre would hold a monthly Barbeque for the homeless, disadvantaged, youth and isolated people within the community. The consumables would be provided by the local community. There are community partnerships which would donate the bread, meat, and soft drinks, so this project would be self-sustaining once it is set up. The area would provide a safe place for those who are disadvantaged to connect with other community members and will foster a sense of community for those who are marginalised. More importantly it will allow the Community Workers to provide information and referrals to other services to further assist those in need.
The Foundation’s funding has been made available through the estate of the late Albert and Barbara Tucker, as per their wishes.
Grants of up to $25,000 will be considered. Every three years, up to three years of funding may be applied for at a time (ie: up to $25,000 per year for up to 3 years). The next three year funding round will be in 2020. Decisions regarding how many years funding will be granted will be made at the discretion of the Trustee of the Foundation. Second and third year funding will only be disbursed when all reporting requirements for the previous year’s funding have been fulfilled and when the Project has demonstrated that it is achieving its goals. In some circumstances, larger grants may be applied for, however decisions are at the discretion of the Foundation.
The allocation of grants is at the discretion of the Trustee of the Foundation and will be based on alignment with the Foundation’s aims and objectives, merit, need and benefit to the community and environment.
If necessary, the Trustee may seek further information to assist with the selection process.
Once grant recipients have been selected, the nominated contact person for each application will be contacted to advise them of the outcome.
The Trustee requires that a receipt is returned within one month of receiving the grant.
The Trustee requires successful applicants to complete and return a Grant Agreement. Grant Reports are required from organisations receiving funds of $2,000 or over. This information is included in the letter of offer to successful grant recipients and includes:
Organisations awarded multiple year grants are required to submit annual reports before payment of subsequent year’s grant funding is made.
Applications for the 2018 funding round are now closed. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in late 2018. Our next funding round will be early in the 2019-20 financial year.