Each year $300 is awarded to a Sunshine Coast artist who began their creative endeavours later in life. The Klein Award was created in 2000 to honour the memory of Anne and Philip Klein and to encourage artists to continue their artistic passion late in life. After active careers, the Kleins became art students in retirement: she as a spinner and weaver, and he as a sculptor. Their work garnered numerous awards, and after they settled in Roberts Creek, Anne Klein became a member of the Arts Council. The Award is financed by donations from the Klein family, friends and others who approve of the kind of encouragement it offers. 


  • Sunshine Coast Resident
  • Over 65 years of age
  • Working in any of the visual arts, including the crafts and fibre arts
  • Preference will be given to those candidates pursuing an artistic passion developed late in life

How to Apply:

  • Applicants may be self-nominated or nominated by others.
  • Complete the Application Form and email it to submissions@sunshinecoastartscouncil.com


Applications can be filled out digitally or by hand. Links to both versions are provided below:

SCAC Application Form (digital)

SCAC Application Form (printable)


If you would like to support building this endowment, please follow the link below to donate and make sure to specify the Award you are supporting


Past Winners


Awarded to: Marylin Marshall


a6Awarded to: Eugenia Stephenson and presented by Michael Klein (son of Anne & Philip Klein)



Awarded to: Yvonne Stowell


Award to: Jan Williams and presented by Michael Klein (son of Anne & Philip Klein)

Jan Williams

Michael Klein, son of Anne and Philip Klein was on hand to hand out the award created in his parent’s memory, intended to be awarded to an individual who discovers a new artistic passion later in life. This year’s Klein award went to artist turned writer, Jan Williams.