State Arts and Culture Partnership Honours 2018


Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman announced the recipients of the second State Arts and Culture Partnership Honours at the State Theatre Centre on 8 October 2018.

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, regional arts and culture, innovation and entrepreneur, individual, local government, and young people and the arts.

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

Aboriginal Art Category

Lustre: Pearling and Australia Nyamba Buru Yawuru (nominated by Western Australian Museum)

In 2015, two young Yawuru people Maya Shioji and Bart Pigram, participated in the WA Museum’s Emerging Curator Program where they worked with Nyamba Buru Yawuru curator Sarah Yu to develop the exhibition Lustre: Pearling and Australia. A book based on the exhibition has since been developed in consultation with Yawuru, Karajarri, Bardi, Jawi and Mayala Elders and the wider pearling community.

Image: Aubrey Tigan Galiwa applying red ochre to his pearlshell design. Courtesy Patrick Baker, WA Museum.

Arts Development Category

Perth Symphony Orchestra

Automotive Holdings Group (nominated by Perth Symphony Orchestra)

The Automotive Holdings Group (AHG) became the Perth Symphony Orchestra’s foundation partner in 2012 after representatives from the company saw the orchestra perform. AHG supported the orchestra at a critical time in their development, providing base finance and business and marketing support while they were still only a few months old and before they had concerts in the diary.

Image: Perth Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Richard Jefferson.


Minderoo Foundation (nominated by Foundation for the WA Museum) 

In 2011, the Minderoo Foundation made a generous donation to the Foundation for the WA Museum’s Discovery Endowment Fund. In 2018, a portion of the donation dividends were used to set up an annual Minderoo Grant that supports key projects which offer far reaching benefits and represent some of the museum’s diverse disciplines in science, social and cultural knowledge.

Image courtesy of WA Museum.

Regional Arts and Culture Category

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Western Australian Museum, Fremantle (nominated by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre)

Spare Parts and the WA Museum have had several successful partnerships since 2007. Their most ambitious partnership to date, Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock had its world premiere at the WA Shipwrecks Museum earlier this year followed by successful seasons at the Museums of Geraldton and Great Southern. This innovative production explored the intersection between museums and puppetry through a choose your own adventure style performance.

Image: 'Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock'. Photo by Jessica Wyld.

Innovation and Entrepreneur Category

FRINGE Festival

Gage Roads Brewing Co. (nominated by FRINGE WORLD Festival)

Artrage (producers of the FRINGE WORLD Festival) and Gage Roads collaborated to develop the Hello Sunshine cider brand to sell at the 2017 festival. The brand was so successful it is now distributed commercially. Gage Roads are donating the royalties from each cider sold during the partnership to artist development program, the Fringe Fund.

Image: The Pleasure Craft. FRINGE WORLD Festival. Photo by Portia Gebauer.

Individual Category

WA Museum

Lloyd Stanley (Stan) Perron AM (nominated by Foundation for the WA Museum)

Earlier this year, the Foundation for the WA Museum received a wonderful surprise, a $1 million donation from the Stan Perron Charitable Trust for the Discovery Endowment Fund. The donation will support a wide variety of museum exhibitions, research projects, educational opportunities, outreach programs and acquisitions. Stan Perron’s contribution is recognised as setting a new benchmark in untied private philanthropy.

Image: 'Horrible Histories: Pirates Exhibition'. Courtesy WA Museum.

Black Swan State Theatre Company

Michela Fini (nominated by Black Swan State Theatre Company) 

The partnership between Black Swan and Michela Fini is one that has grown and developed over 10 years. This has included initiating key sponsorships and nurturing existing and potential donors. Michela has also personally contributed to Black Swan as a member of both the White Swans and Patrons Club Giving Circles.

Image: Julia Hales in 'You Know We Belong Together'. Photo by Toni Wilkinson.

Metropolitan Local Government Category


City of Fremantle (nominated by DADAA) 

Following a state-wide callout by the City of Fremantle, DADAA successfully tendered for a 21-year lease on the historic Fremantle Old Boys School. This has resulted in a landmark contemporary and central arts and disability hub in the precinct. The City’s initial investment enabled DADAA to secure Lotterywest funding to restore this iconic heritage building to its former glory and ensure universal access. 

Image: Exhibition at the Old Boys' School, Fremantle.

Regional Local Government Category

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (nominated by City of Greater Geraldton)

This new partnership with Spare Parts supported the presentation of the String Symphony, an interactive large-scale spectacle as part of the City’s inaugural Wind on Water Festival. String Symphony garnered vital media attention, connected strangers and created real conversations between participants. As a result, Spare Parts will collaborate with the City again for the 2019 festival.

Image: 'String Symphony', WoW Festival, Geraldton. Photo by Dragonfly Media.

Young People and the Arts Category


BHP (nominated by AWESOME Arts Australia)

BHP’s partnership with AWESOME commenced in 2006 as program partner of the AWESOME Arts Festival. Since 2014, BHP upped their support to Principal Partner and the festival is now recognised as one of the leading international children’s festivals in the world. BHP has underpinned significant growth for the festival, allowing AWESOME to strengthen its resilience and grow its education program and broaden its reach in regional WA.

Image: AWESOME Creative Challenge, Kalgoorlie. Photo courtesy of AWESOME Arts Australia.


Tianqi Lithium Australia (nominated by West Australian Symphony Orchestra)

In March 2017 WASO welcomed Tianqi Lithium as a new corporate partner and supporter of music education program, Crescendo. The company’s support demonstrates their belief in the ability of the arts to make a positive impact on the community and provide life-changing music experiences to hundreds of children across two schools in Kwinana.

Image: Crescendo education program. Photo by Andy Tindall.