State Arts and Culture Partnership Honours 2017

State Arts and Culture Partnership Honours

Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman announced the recipients of the inaugural State Arts and Culture Partnership Honours at the State Theatre Centre on 24 October 2017.

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

There were several partnership categories including Aboriginal arts, arts development, community investment, regional arts and culture, innovation and sustainability, international partnerships, and young people and the arts.

The event was organised by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Aboriginal Art Category

Ochre 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.

'KAYA', Ochre Contemporary Dance Company. Photo by Jon Green.


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.

Detail of collaborative artwork by Kalumburu artists at Malinjarr Gorge. Kalumburu Field Trip, July 2015 © AGWA 2015.

Arts Development Category

Fremantle Press

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Established in 1990 and supported by the City of Fremantle, the biennial T.A.G. Hungerford Award for an unpublished manuscript offers a WA author a cash prize of $12,000 and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.

Hungerford Awards. Photo courtesy of Fremantle Press.

Community Investment Category

The Goods Shed

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.

The Goods Shed, Claremont. Photo courtesy of FORM.

Individual Category

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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 Tippett, thus providing a unique professional development opportunity for 40 emerging Perth musicians and composers.

Keith Tippett. Photo by Bohdan Warchomij.

Bendat Scholars 2017

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.

Bendat Scholars 2017. Photo courtesy of WA Opera.

Regional Arts and Culture Category

Musics Viva and CBH Group

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.

Students experimenting with instruments at the CBH Tent- Dowerin Field Day. Photo courtesy of Musica Viva Australia.

Innovation and Sustainability Category

The Caucasian Chalk Circle, BSSTC

Minderoo Foundation (nominated by Black Swan State Theatre Company)

The Black Swan Production Fund has been established to provide long-term security to the company, enabling it to undertake development projects in line with its artistic vision. The Minderoo Foundation is Founding Partner of the Black Swan Production Fund.

'The Caucasian Chalk Circle', Black Swan State Theatre Company. Photo by Philip Gostelow.

International Partnerships Category

YenTing Hsu

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 West Australian audiences and, through the introduction of a reciprocal residency program, local artists now have the opportunity to showcase their talents in other countries.

YenTing Hsu, Asialink Artist in Residence, 2015. Image courtesy of Fremantle Arts Centre.

Outstanding Long-Term Partnerships Category

Musica Viva Australia and Wesfarmers Arts

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.

Image courtesy of Musica Viva Australia.

The Merry Widow - WAO

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.

'The Merry Widow', WA Opera. Photo courtesy of WA Opera.

WAYO and Woodside
Woodside (nominated by the Western Australian Youth Orchestra)
A 27-year partnership with Woodside has enabled the Western Australian Youth Orchestra to present ongoing community, education, and performance projects including a scholarship program and a mentoring/leadership program.

Woodside (nominated by the Western Australian Youth Orchestras)

A 27-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.

Image courtesy of WAYO.

Young People and the Arts Category

WAYO and Woodside

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 courtesy of WAYO.