We believe that Western Australia stands as an extraordinary and globally iconic cultural location. It is a place in constant evolution which harnesses the imagination with spectacular and diverse natural attractions which inspire and transform everyone it touches.

We don’t simply assist to preserve the past. We work to define and advance our social and scientific heritage, both in Western Australia and on the world stage, now and for future generations.

We are the Foundation for the Museum of Western Australia.

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Woodside on the Move

3,200 Woodside staff have recently moved into their new 32-storey headquarters, which the company has named Mia Yellagonga. The name means “place of Yellagonga” and pays homage to the Whadjuk elder who interacted with Capt. James Stirling when the Swan River Colony was founded.

Mia Yellagonga hosted a range of activities for Woodside staff and their families over a full weekend in September. The weekend provided an opportunity to activate the new building with various engagement activities including a taste of The Antarctica Experience, currently showing at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle.

Without question, the marine craft activity offered to children visiting the building for the first time and a touch cart providing a hands-on experience of the Museum’s Woodside Collection were highlights of the weekend. WA Museum Curators were on hand to talk to the key outcomes of Woodside’s 20 year partnership with the Museum which has focused on understanding the biodiversity of northwest Australia in the Dampier Archipelago and Kimberley regions.

Picture: Michael Wilson

West Australian culture and arts advocates recognised

At the State Arts and Culture Partnership Honours Awards held on Monday 8 October 2018 at the State Theatre Centre, two of the Foundation for the WA Museum’s long-standing community partners received acknowledgement for their support of arts and culture in Western Australia.

In its second year, the Awards acknowledge the outstanding contributions of individual philanthropists and businesses who partner with arts and cultural organisations helping create a vibrant arts and culture scene in our State.

Stan Perron of the Stan Perron Charitable Trust was awarded honours under the Individual Partnerships category, which acknowledges individuals who have contributed significant support to an arts or cultural organisation. Mr Perron’s ongoing contribution to the Foundation for the WA Museum creates a leadership statement:  his generosity over many years has significantly benefited the community and he is recognised as setting a new benchmark in untied private philanthropy.

In April 2018, the Foundation for the WA Museum was recipient of a $1m donation from the Stan Perron Charitable Trust toward the Foundation’s Discovery Endowment Fund. The fund supports a wide variety of WA Museum exhibitions, research projects, educational opportunities, outreach programs and acquisitions.

Andrew Forrest AO and Nicola Forrest of the Minderoo Foundation were awarded honours under the Arts Development category, which acknowledges collaborations that foster development within the arts and cultural community. The partnership between Minderoo and the Foundation of the WA Museum began in 2011 with a generous donation to the Foundation’s Discovery Endowment Fund to enable a secure sustainable source of funding to the WA Museum in perpetuity.

In 2018, the Foundation for the WA Museum used a portion of donation dividends to set up an annual Minderoo Grant. Four recipients of the inaugural Minderoo Grant received funding for key Museum projects which offer far reaching benefits and represent some of the WA Museum’s diverse disciplines in science, social and cultural knowledge.

In addition to these two prestigious awards, Nyamba Buru Yawuru was nominated by the WA Museum and awarded the honour in the Aboriginal Arts category. Thanks to the generosity of Tim and Christine Ungar of the Ungar Family Foundation, two young Yawuru people, Maya Shioji and Bart Pigram, participated in the WA Museum’s Emerging Curator Program. 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. The exhibition is current touring Australia for a 3-year period.

The Foundation congratulates all who were nominated or awarded honours last night, with special thanks to Stan Perron, and Andrew and Nicola Forrest for their outstanding commitment to the arts and culture sector.

Bringing the Museum to the People

A butterfly can taste with its feet, ants tap each other with their antennae to talk to each other, and male stalk-eye flies attract a mate with their big round eyes. These are just a few fun facts shared by the WA Museum at various sites across Perth while the New Museum for WA is under construction in the Perth Cultural Centre. The Foundation’s partnership with Quadrant Energy has helped to create a transportable, secure, multi-use ‘Museum in a Container’ that has appeared at the Perth Royal Show and the Awesome Festival over the October school holidays. Kids of all ages had the chance to create and build their own bugs of all shapes and sizes.

The ‘Museum in a Container’ engages with local communities at various sites including festivals, fairs and other community events. Upcoming events include:

  • Saturday 27 October, 10am to 4pm, 2018 Maritime Day, B-Shed, Fremantle
  • Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 November, 10am to 6pm, Act Belong Commit Bonjour Perth 2018, Market Square Park, Subiaco