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Eva Besen AO (1928 - 2021)

RISING remembers Mrs Eva Besen AO, philanthropist and arts benefactor, who along with her husband Marc Besen AC, was instrumental in the establishment of Melbourne’s first international arts festival Spoleto Melbourne: Festival of The Three Worlds, the precursor to RISING.

RISING thanks our supporters, whose inspiring generosity makes everything you see in our festival possible.


Andrew and Geraldine Buxton Foundation
Bardas Foundation
Besen Family Foundation
Bowness Family Foundation
The Dara Foundation
Playking Foundation
The Robert Salzer Foundation


Anna Foley and Dashiell Gantner
Jeremy Blackshaw
Lou Weis and Kim Kneipp
Rupert Myer AO and Annabel Myer
Vallejo Gantner


Ann Lau and Anna Fairbank
Bird de la Coeur Architects
BKK Architects
Carey Lyon and Jo Crosby
Eli Giannini and Chris Jones
Ian and Gill McDougall
Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
John Wardle Architects
LAB Architecture Studio
Neil Masterton and Shane Williams
Roger Wood


HYDRA: $10,000+

Monica Lim and Konfir Kabo
The Myer Foundation
The Vine Foundation
Anonymous (1)

CETUS: $5,000+

Canny Quine Foundation
Cassy Liberman
Chris and Biddy Van Aanholt
Christine Clough
Elizabeth Proust AO
Jennifer Darbyshire and David Walker
Peter Lovell and Michael Jan
Ruth Wilson
Tim Orton

PEGASUS: $2,500+

Craig Tiley
Leonard Vary and Matt Collins AM QC
Marc Besen AC
Michael Watt QC and Cecilie Hall
Min Li Chong
Sally and Rob Bruce
Ricci Swart AM
Rob McGauran and Alessandra Giannini
Sophie Gannon and Frazer East
Anonymous (1)

CENTAURUS: $1,000+

Andrea Hull AO
Ben Lee and Lewey Reynders
Christopher Reed
Fiona Sweet and Paul Newcombe
Gael Wilson
George Morstyn
Georgie Coleman
Gideon Obarzanek
Jane Evans
John So AO JP
Julia Nelson
Kevin and Liz Walsh
Lawrence McDonald & Christian Klettner
Lynne Burgess
Lynne Sherwood
Maria and Martin Ryan
Mark Burlace and Melanie Smith
Mary Davidson
Pinky Watson
Ralph Ward-Ambler AM and Barbara Ward-Ambler
Rohitha Rupesinghe and Mi Fon Lew
Rosemary Forbes and Ian Hocking
Rosemary Walls
Sally Browne Fund, a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation
Simon and Genevieve Moore
Ted Hochschwender and Anne Marie Davies
Tim Goodwin and David Inge
Upotipotpon Foundation
Vic Zbar and Pamela Macklin
Yvonne and Sandy Constantine
Yvonne Shafir
Anonymous (4)

ORION: $250+


RISING also thanks those donors who supported the Call to Artists program, enabling us to get Victorian artists back to work.

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