Local performances shine

THE recent State Arts Sponsorship Scheme Awards was an evening celebrating the performance of business relationships with arts organisations that included stunning performances from local artists and a fair bit of networking.

Ballet, feature film and aerial dancing were just a few of the highlights of the sponsorship awards ceremony.

Marcus Graham, the evening’s keynote speaker, reinforced profits to be gained through the arts, both socially and financially. His parting words, "business should work like an orchestra", highlighting his point.

2003 State Arts Sponsorship Scheme Award Winners included Rio Tinto Future Fund, The Hyde Park Hotel, Wesfarmers Arts, Java Juice, and BHP Billiton.

BHP Billiton Iron Ore West Australian Iron Ore and Boodarie president Graeme Hunt made some sobering comments about actress Toni Collette’s remarks on the mining industry, while on stage collecting the most innovative sponsorship Award for its work with Gecko Films and the Japanese Story feature film.

Mr Hunt said that Toni Collette clearly didn't understand how materials from mining contributed to everything she did every night and day, that everyone is entitled to their opinion and that her comments probably did more for the profile of the movie than anything else.

WA Business News has provided a sample of images from the night. For more images visit


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