Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    Awards encourage new partnerships and embrace the old

    18/04/2008 12:00 AM

    Business and art organisations are encouraged to nominate innovative partnerships for the 15th Western Australian Business and the Arts Partnership Awards.


    Culture and Arts Minister Sheila McHale said the awards celebrated transformation, renewal and growth of WA’s cultural life.


    “The 2007 awards attracted 192 nominations and endorsements representing $7.5million in support of culture and arts in the State,” Ms McHale said.


    “With WA’s booming economy, I would hope this year’s award nominations will represent an even higher investment in culture and arts.


    “These awards acknowledge how business and arts organisations work together creatively to achieve core business objectives and contribute to our community.”


    The awards comprise six Prestige Partnership Awards, celebrating diversity and innovation in business-arts partnerships, and two Leadership Awards, recognising individuals from the business and arts sector who have made an outstanding contribution to WA’s artistic or cultural life.


    Ms McHale said the $73million Ignite package, announced late last year, was the largest investment into culture and arts any WA government had made.


    “I challenge the business sector also to take on responsibility for investing in WA’s cultural landscape by seeking out new exciting partnerships with the many arts and cultural organisations in WA,” she said.


    Nominations for the WA Business and the Arts Awards close on Monday, July 7.


    Information and nomination forms are available from or by contacting Corporate Affairs officer Anita Walker on 9224 7448.


    Minister's office - 9213 6900