Inaugural Grants Event

April 1st, 2022

Join us as we come together to select the projects to be awarded our game changing, high impact grants for 2022.  This exiting night is where we get to hear in person what our finalists would do with the grant and the impact they can create.  

Donors have the opportunity to support the projects they love and our community of artists, art lovers and friends will be there to mingle, celebrate and have fun.  Come to find out more or just join the buzz of a group working towards enriching our state.  

Our finalists are:

The Stars Descend - Annette Carmichael

Sensorium - Wonderbox: 
The Law Bosses - KALACC:

The New Bachelorette
Reclaim the void 



Tickets $52 a head, includes 2 free drinks.

You can purchase tickets here!

Kendell Terrell | Founding Committee Member

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2022 ARTS Impact WA Finalists Announced

April 1st, 2022

The six finalists for our first ever ARTS Impact WA funding round have been revealed at a virtual event held on Thursday the 31st of March. We’re delighted to announce they are:

The New Bachelorette by Julia Hales and Bron Batten who are creating a radical re-imagining of a well-known TV franchise to create an inclusive theatre work for people with disabilities breaking the myth of romantic leads, sex and love.
The Stars Descend by Annette Carmichael Projects Annette is planning to follow the Gondwana Link from Margaret River through five different sites ending up in Kalgoorlie to give Climate hope to Australia. A story of stars having seen the peril of the world using dance, sites, sound & design.
Wonderbox Final Creative Development by Sensorium Theatre Inc Theatre who are creating an old school theatre production using modern technology for children with disabilities. Utilising their unique approach through sensory theatre.
The Law Bosses by Kimberley Aboriginal Law & Culture Centre, KALCC, based in Fitzroy Crossing want to capture the stories and wealth of knowledge of the 20 men in their community getting to their late 70’s to create a living library. A Marja is the highest position a person can hold in this community and time is running out.
Reclaim the Void by Vivienne Robertson in collaboration with the Ngalia Heritage Research Council (Aboriginal Corporation). This healing project is to cover a decommissioned mining pit in the Northern Goldfields with a massive artwork using handmade circular rugs created by 1,000’s of willing hands and discarded fabric.
Cinefest Oz – Broome by CinefestOZ Film Festival Oz who are creating a world recognised First Nations film hub, with a four day festival joining with Goolarri media in Broome.

With two $100,000 grants already raised we’re calling for 60 more donors join our collective giving community so we can support three of these worthy projects. Donate here:
Our Grants Award Evening will be held on Tuesday 24 May at Freo Social where donors will cast their vote and the winners be announced. Stay tuned for more information about ticketing.
Congratulations again to our finalists and thank you to our Grants Assessment Panel and our collective giving community. 

Kendell Terrell | Founding Committee Member

Arts Impact WA launches to ignite arts talent and empower local community

November 16th, 2021

  • The McGowan Government has welcomed the launch of a newly established arts organisation, Arts Impact WA.
  • The organisation is the first of its kind within the Australian arts and cultural sector.
  • Arts Impact WA will utilise an innovative 'collaborative giving' model to raise $100,000 grants for local talent.
  • The high-impact grants are open to all art disciplines and will be awarded to ambitious projects that have capacity to create social impact.

The West Australian arts and cultural sector and wider WA community will be the beneficiary of new high impact grants, with the launch of Arts Impact WA.

In a step forward for the Australian arts philanthropic sector, the newly established organisation will utilise the power of collective giving to support unique and ambitious arts projects that build a sense of community and cultural capacity in WA.

Through the arts, the initiative will also aim to build a more resilient and exciting WA, in response to the disruption faced by the arts industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donors to Arts Impact WA will give a minimum of $1,000 annually to contribute towards several $100,000 grants, which will be democratically awarded to applicants.

Arts Impact WA is the first collaborative giving initiative of this scale to specifically support the arts and cultural sector in Australia.

Founding Committee member Paul Chamberlain said collaborative philanthropy is growing in Australia, which allows more people to participate in powerful philanthropy and increases the potential impact on areas like the arts.

“WA boasts an extraordinary rich cultural history, from our First Nations people, to the diverse cultural voices that our state is home to today. Our state is also home to a passionate population of advocates who support the intrinsic role that art plays in our community,” said Mr Chamberlain.

“The establishment of Arts Impact WA provides an opportunity for everyone to come together, ignite new talent and enable new pathways to grow the WA arts giving sector.”

Mr Chamberlain said Arts Impact WA intends to support working artists and smaller cultural organisations that have been left vulnerable following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“During these times of uncertainty, Arts Impact WA has the potential to use the wisdom of the crowd to take more risks than government can. We want to see powerful grants reach currently unfunded excellence,” he said.

“Thinking and acting locally to empower our state and enrich our cultural landscape has never seemed more relevant and I’m incredibly excited about the potential for this new initiative to deliver a real impact.”

Minister for Culture and the Arts David Templeman welcomed the initiative and said the program would help support both artists and the broader community, and encourage a culture of collaborative giving in Western Australia.

“The McGowan Government is committed to diversifying the economy through the cultural industries and it is wonderful to see initiatives such as Arts Impact WA complement the work we are doing to support artists and the arts industry.

“I congratulate Founding Committee member Paul Chamberlain and everyone who has contributed to date.”

From December 2021, aspiring WA-based individuals, organisations, and projects from all art disciplines will have the opportunity to apply for transformational grants.

Once applications are received, a Grants Assessment Panel and a community of donors will collaborate to help determine which inspiring projects receive support.

Mr Chamberlain said the first three years of Arts Impact WA have already been secured with at least 20 local private foundations and private donors pledging support.

“Long term sustainability and the real success of the organisation will be seen if it is embraced by all lovers of the arts, both supporters and practitioners, to significantly increase local funds to ignite local talent as never before,” said Mr Chamberlain.

Tax deductible donations can be made to Arts Impact WA on the Australian Cultural Fund (

Further details regarding donor information and artist application criteria can be found on the Arts Impact WA website at

Stephanie Gavlak, Media Contact & Founding Committee

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