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Valuing the human imagination

Valuing the human imagination

‘Festivals are aspirational, they allow for experiences and works of art that challenge the status quo and extend our thinking.’ Helen Carroll Manager, Wesfarmers Arts Curator, The Wesfarmers Collection

In partnership with the Perth Festival since 2004, the Wesfarmers Arts program has been delivering value to the Western Australian community by bringing people and art together.
The partnership began with a series of special major new Festival commissions that had their world premiere across a wide range of performing and visual  arts from 2004 – 07.
This was a deeply engaged extension of Wesfarmers support for the arts that dates back to the beginnings of the Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art in the early 1970s.
From 2008, Wesfarmers’ vision for its Festival partnership refined its focus when Wesfarmers Arts became Visual Arts Program Partner – working with the Festival to present leading international and Australian contemporary artists to Western Australian audiences.
Importantly, this support also allows Australian artists to produce new work in an international context.
More than 100 events have been presented in this way, mostly free to the public.
Wesfarmers’ support reinforces that art can be a wonderfully democratic and cohesive force that brings all of us together through an experience of the human imagination.