WESFARMERS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2018

Wesfarmers Arts

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Our support for the cultural life of the community is reflected in our long-term support for a wide range of premier performing and visual arts organisations and the ongoing development of The Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art.

From rare watercolours dating from the earliest years of European settlement to contemporary Indigenous art, spanning painting, photography, sculpture and digital media, the Wesfarmers Collection reflects the diversity of creative Australia through the work of our country’s defining artists. During the year, we shared works from our  collection with museums and galleries throughout Australia and online via Instagram and the Wesfarmers Art Collection app, which is available free from the App Store.

A highlight of the Wesfarmers Collection is our holding of more than 300 premier works of art by Indigenous artists, reflecting the rich diversity of Indigenous culture in Australia. As part of our commitment to celebrating the work of living Australian Indigenous artists on the world stage, we are sharing our Indigenous collection with the international community as part of the exhibition Indigenous Masterpieces from The Wesfarmers Collection and The National Gallery of Australia to tour to Singapore, Hong Kong and China in 2020 and 2021. The exhibition is part of a six-year, $4 million partnership that will show rare works from the 1800s through to Albert Namatjira’s renowned watercolours, the dynamic Papunya movement and contemporary works by some of Australia’s best known artists. The project is Indigenous-led and -developed – providing an opportunity for alumni of the Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Arts Leadership Program to work on the international stage.

In 2019, the Wesfarmers Arts sponsorship program provided $3.4 million in support of the activities of 14 leading arts organisations including the National Gallery of Australia, Perth Festival, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, West Australian Ballet, West Australian Opera, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Black Swan Theatre Company, Awesome Children’s Festival, Form Contemporary Craft and Design, Co3 Contemporary Dance and Yirra Yaakin Aboriginal Theatre, as well as the Western Australian tours of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Bell Shakespeare Company and Musica Viva Australia.