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Wesfarmers Arts: Connecting our people with the arts

The opportunity for our employees to participate in a wide range of cultural events is a key facet of the Wesfarmers Arts program which provided $2.2 million to the arts in Western Australia and nationally during the year.

Our employees enjoy interacting with creative leaders and innovators in our community, through Wesfarmers Family Days at museums and galleries across Australia, access to productions by acclaimed arts companies and opportunities to volunteer on special projects.

In June 2015, a team from Bunnings in Sydney participated in the Australian presentation of MARINA ABRAMOVICH: IN RESIDENCE staged by Kaldor Public Arts Australia. An enthusiastic group of Bunnings team members worked over three weeks alongside a top international and Australian production crew to transform the historic Pier 2/3 at Sydney’s Walsh Bay for this major international contemporary art event. Contributing trade skills and an enthusiastic Bunnings ‘can-do’ attitude, the team provided on the ground logistical support to source and install the large quantity of materials and items required to carry out the artist’s major-scale construction. This once-in-a lifetime international cultural event captured the imagination of the Australian community, drawing 32,000 visitors over 10 days.

For Bridgette Burton, Bunnings Activities Coordinator for NSW/ACT and a volunteer on the project, the experience led to new friendships and connections in the community:  

It’s been a great pleasure to be part of the Kaldor Public Arts project Marina Abramovic in Residence. The feedback from our people has been great. I was really moved that they (Kaldor Public Art Projects) thought of me as being part of their production team: they are as driven as we are at Bunnings in delivering the best service in an efficient, effective and low cost way". Bridgette Burton

“Working on the Marina Abramovic installation was a great opportunity, to be able to meet and work with a professional arts organization while volunteering for Bunnings. It was an unexpected privilege to be involved. Thank you.” Liz Carter

“It was so great to have the help of the Bunnings volunteers for our bump in and project set up and then again for our bump out. We have never had such support from an organisation before.” Bettina Kaldor, Kaldor Public Art Projects