Remembering Martin Dennis Carlson OAM


16 January 1929 — 25 May 2022


Martin was born on 16 January 1929, in East Melbourne, the only son of Harold and Elvera Carlson. Martin lived in East Melbourne providing easy access to the MCG, the city, and of course the Arts Centre where he worked for 14 years. Martin’s high school education was at Essendon High School, where he met his good friend Harry Carrodus. Obviously, Martin became an Essendon supporter.

Martin was dedicated to helping others through his roles in education, management consulting and executive leadership within the arts. Martin’s initiatives and drive for philanthropic achievements have been widely recognised, notably with the Hugh DT Williamson Foundation, John Truscott Foundation, Leadership Victoria, Bug Blitz, SoundHouse and many community programs in Melbourne and regional areas.

In 1992, Martin was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia ‘in recognition of his service to the community as a fundraiser, particularly for the Royal Children’s Hospital Building Foundation.’ Martin’s inexhaustible enthusiasm and hard work have had enduring influence on the cultural life of Melbourne.



John Truscott Fellowship


The Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Denise Whitehouse to undertake the 2020–2022 Fellowship.


Denise is a distinguished design historian, academic, educator and writer who has been working for several decades to promote research and publication of Australian design history. Denise is one of few scholars in Australia with an understanding of the history of twentieth-century design in Australia, supported by a rich knowledge of the artistic and socio-political history of the time.

Denise has an outstanding record of design-focused research, scholarship and related outcomes, including exhibitions, significant publications, design advocacy and public lectures. Most recently Denise co-curated the acclaimed exhibition ‘Design for Life: Grant and Mary Featherston’ at Heide Gallery of Modern Art, Melbourne and authored the accompanying exhibition catalogue. The exhibition and the catalogue were both critical and commercial successes.

Denise’s Truscott Fellowship proposal seeks to situate John Truscott’s work and legacy within a thoughtful analysis of social, political and cultural contexts. As such, it is ideally aligned with the Foundation’s vision for the project. Celebrated for her scholarly, yet accessible and engaging, writing, Denise is sure to deliver an exciting manuscript.