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New chair for Perth Festival

Perth businessman Tim Ungar has been appointed chair of Perth Festival.

Overcoming the isolation of leadership

Anglicare WA’s Kate Chaney boasts an impressively diverse resume, but a recent experience led her to realise a challenge that faces all her peers.

Youth orchestra keen to jazz up its image

In any arts landscape the word ‘youth’ is often used interchangeably with ‘amateur’, but that association is far from the reality emerging at the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Black Swan Prize rebrand honours history

Western Australia’s $50,000 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture has been renamed the Lester Prize, in honour of the award’s leading patron, Dick Lester.

Variety Bash goes the distance

Plugging the funding gap for disadvantaged kids is a key issue for Variety WA chief executive Tony Hume, who has had to make some significant decisions on the future direction of the charity during his six months in the role.

Alcoa finds cultural fit at Cott

Major sponsor Alcoa has thrown its support behind Cottesloe’s annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition as the event’s financial difficulties again cast doubt on its future.

Taking the symphony into a new world

Asher Fisch has been keenly aware of the need to lift the public profile and reputation of the WA Symphony Orchestra since he became its artistic leader five years ago.

Curtis leads philanthropic shift

40under40: Alicia Curtis credits her years of community involvement as providing the foundations of her passion for philanthropy.

Local focus for dementia care

After a turbulent year shifting from a national partnership, Alzheimer’s WA is leading the charge to help WA communities deal with the growing number of dementia sufferers.

Delivering the Karijini experience

A Pilbara not for profit is using the Karijini Experience to boost its social enterprise arm, while shunning sponsorship from mining companies.

Mineral Resources wins naming rights for Eagles' nest

The West Coast Eagles’ new $50 million training facility in Lathlain is now known as Mineral Resources Park, with the diversified mining group signing a sponsorship deal with the reigning AFL Premiers.

Ballet seeks to align with business

Regional tours have become a regular fixture on the calendars of Western Australia’s biggest arts companies, but ensuring the programs’ longevity remains a financial challenge for many.

Film project boost for WA-China business

A Perth media group has unveiled a partnership with a Chinese streaming platform to enhance WA's trade relationship with the People's Republic.

Funding feeds good food growth

Perth-based EON Foundation is growing its food and nutrition programs in remote communities.

Sunset to become cultural precinct

The Sunset Hospital site on the riverfront in Dalkeith will become a cultural and creative precinct, with Culture and Arts Minister David Templeman today announcing an expressions of interest process.

Kimberley art pays off for artists, Rio

The curators and sponsors of the Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley exhibition at the Art Gallery of WA are hopeful the more than 150 pieces on display will challenge and broaden the public’s perception of Aboriginal art.

Regional route a funding play

Having spent years working overseas in Europe and the UK, director and lighting designer Mark Howett is acutely aware of the need for art to appeal far beyond its own cultural base.

Stafford drives growth at MSWA

Neurological services provider MSWA has undergone substantial growth in the past 10 years, working towards reliance on private revenue sources.

Literature Centre expands audience

A new collaboration between Perth Festival’s Writers Week and The Literature Centre is promising to expand the centre’s audience reach to an adult demographic.

From Hawke and water to WA yarns

Caroline and John Wood no doubt have volumes of ‘war stories’ yet to be written about their decades at the centres of influence in academia and government.

Philanthropic trusts hit $830m

Big donations to three philanthropic trusts in Western Australia augur well for future charitable donations, although the state’s wealthiest person, Gina Rinehart, has bucked the trend.

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