Give it up for Margaret
Born on 2nd May 1914, Margaret Lawrence was a woman with diverse skills and talents.
She was the reigning queen of the TV show Quizmaster, she amassed one of Australia’s most extensive collections of Australian studio ceramics, and she was an avid Carlton Football Club fan. Give it up for Margaret: A month of philanthropic inspiration is a chance to celebrate her life and acknowledge her great philanthropic efforts.
Partnering with The Victorian College of the Arts, the Margaret Lawrence Bequest and over 20 subsidiary organisations, the diverse festival included exhibitions, public forums, in-camera discussions and keynote presentations by international leaders and specialists. In celebration of Margaret Lawrence’s own philanthropic efforts, Give it up for Margaret aimed to inspire broader discourse and encourage further arts philanthropy.
Festival website www.giveitupformargaret.com
Festival Director Tristan Meecham. Festival Producer Bec Reid. Festival Curator Phip Murray. Presented for the Victorian College of the Arts and The Margaret Lawrence Bequest.
With support and partnerships from Aphids Events Inc, Chapter House Lane, Creative Partnerships Australia (former AbaF), Federation Square, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund, Melbourne Business School – AP Social Impact Leadership Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Next Wave Festival Inc, Perpetual, Reichstein Foundation, Shepparton Art Gallery, Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company, St Martin’s Youth Leadership Centre, The Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Wheeler Centre, Wellsprings for Women.
The Margaret Lawrence Bequest, one of Australia’s first Prescribed Private Funds, was set up a few years before Margaret Lawrence’s death in 2004. It continues to support many projects for the advancement of women, education and the arts.