Western Australia's arts 'champions' honoured

Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman announced the Recipients of the inaugural State Arts and Culture Partnership Honours.


Western Australia's arts 'champions' honoured

The honours acknowledge the outstanding contributions of individual philanthropists and businesses who partner with arts and cultural organisations across Western Australia.

Organisedby the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and held at the State Theatre Centre in Northbridge, these awards recongisedpartnerships across several categories including Aboriginal arts, arts development, community investment, regional arts and culture, innovation and sustainability, international partnerships, and young people and the arts.

"A strong and vibrant arts and culture sector is vital for the social, cultural, and economic growth of our State." saidCulture and the Arts Minister David Templeman."These honours highlight the importance of private and corporate partnerships in supporting the arts and culture sector in WA."I congratulate the honourees and their partner organisations for their outstanding contributions and achievements over many years. "

The honourees included individual arts patrons such as Jack and Eleanor Bendat, and corporate partners such as the City of Fremantle, Rio Tinto, Woodside and Wesfarmers Arts (see full list below).

The Arts Minister described recipients as "truly the 'champions' of our arts and cultural community and their support and partnerships have helped ensure that WA has a much more vibrant and successful arts scene. Buildingsuch a philanthropic culture in WA will ensure our arts and cultural sector will continue to flourish, create jobs, encourage arts tourism and grow our economy."

State Arts and Culture Partnership Honours recipients

Aboriginal Art category (two honourees):

Iluka Resources (nominated by Ochre Contemporary Dance Company)

For more than five years, Iluka Resources has sponsored Ochre Contemporary Dance Company, with its new triennial agreement enabling the company to employ two permanent, part-time staff.

Rio Tinto (nominated by the Art Gallery of Western Australia)

Over the past five years, Rio Tinto has been instrumental in supporting and sponsoring the Desert River Sea: Kimberley Art Then & Now project, which champions the professional development of Kimberley artists, arts professionals and the community.

Arts Development category:

City of Fremantle (nominated by Fremantle Press)

Established in 1990 and supported by the City of Fremantle, the biennial T.A.G. Hungerford Award for an unpublished manuscript offers a WA author, a cash prize of $12,000 and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.

Community Investment category:

LandCorp (nominated by FORM)

In partnering with FORM, LandCorp helped transform a dilapidated railway shed in Claremont into the Goods Shed, an award-winning community arts hub that is used by FORM as a space for exhibitions, installations and artist residencies.

Individual category (two honourees):

Carl Erbrich (nominated by Tura New Music)

Carl Erbrich has provided support and sponsorship to Tura New Music since 2011 and enabled it to host the internationally acclaimed pianist composer Keith Tippet, thus providing a unique professional development opportunity for 40 emerging Perth musicians and composers.

Jack and Eleanor Bendat (nominated by West Australia Opera)

For more than a decade, the Bendats have generously supported young talent at the West Australian Opera through the Bendat Family Foundation and the Bendat Scholarship, thus enabling WA Opera to pursue its long-term strategy of nurturing young WA artists.

Regional Arts and Culture category:

CBH Group (nominated by Musica Viva)

Musica Viva's partnership with the CBH Group has resulted in some 10,000 schoolchildren receiving free or subsidised access to Musica Viva programs in regional schools across the State in the past year.

Innovation and Sustainability category:

Minderoo Foundation (nominated by Black Swan State Theatre Company)

In 2011, the Minderoo Foundation, via Nicola and Andrew Forrest, contributed FMG shares to the Black Swan State Theatre Company to enable it to set up a production fund to develop and present future projects and plays and thus make its mark on the national and international stage.

International Partnerships category:

Asialink (nominated by Fremantle Arts Centre/City of Fremantle)

The Asialink and Fremantle Arts Centre/City of Fremantle partnership crosses borders, bringing international artists to Western Australian audiences and, through the introduction of a reciprocal residency program, local artists now have the opportunity to showcase their talents in other countries.

Outstanding Long-Term Partnerships category (three honourees):

Wesfarmers Arts (nominated by Musica Viva Australia)

Wesfarmers Arts have demonstrated their long-term commitment to the arts with a 21-year partnership with Musica Viva resulting in their Perth Concert Series, and the In Schools Program which provides disadvantaged students with access to music education.

Wesfarmers Arts (nominated by West Australian Opera, West Australian Ballet, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Black Swan State Theatre Company)

Wesfarmers has been a long-time partner with all four of WA's major performing arts companies. Its partnership with WA Ballet spans 40 years. Likewise, Wesfarmers has partnered with Black Swan for 23 years; with the WA Symphony Orchestra for 20 years; and with WA Opera for 19 years.

Woodside (nominated by the Western Australian Youth Orchestras)

A more than 25-year partnership with Woodside has enabled the Western Australian Youth Orchestras to present ongoing community, education, and performance projects including a scholarship program and a mentoring/leadership program.

Young People and the Arts category:

Woodside (nominated by Western Australian Youth Orchestras)

Since the beginning of their partnership in 1991, Woodside has demonstrated a long-term commitment to young and emerging artists through specific projects such as scholarships which have enabled young WA musicians to study in England and Japan.

image: State Arts and Culture Partnership Honours Ceremony, Heath Ledger Theatre, Perth, 24

October 2017. Photo by Courtney Holloway, Courtesy of Department LocalGovernment,

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