Helen Carroll and Pauline Gandel are among the esteemed leaders who were honored at the 2019 Creative Partnerships Awards in Melbourne.  Those honored demonstrate active involvement in giving and promoting the value of supporting the arts to a broader community and display an ongoing commitment to a strong, sustainable future for Australia’s cultural sector.

Helen Carroll was a joint winner for the Business Leadership award, for her work as a Curator of the Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art, a program that provides $4 million annually to the performing and visual arts nationally. Through Helen’s advocacy, the arts have been championed by the company’s managing directors, senior executives, and board, creating enduring partnerships that underpin the ongoing sustainability and vitality of arts organisations in Western Australia.

Pauline Gandel along with her partner John Gandel were also winners on the night, taking home the Philanthropy Leadership Award, for the establishment of their first philanthropic entity, the John and Pauline Gandel Charitable Foundation. They have jointly distributed more than $100 million dollars to arts organisations and programs including significant support for regional arts organisations.

In 2012, funds donated by Pauline established the Japanese Gallery at the National Gallery of Victoria, the first of its kind in Australia with a further $2 million donated in 2018 to strengthen the NGV’s holdings of Japanese art and design. Their $1 million donations created the popular Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery at the Melbourne Museum providing a vibrant discovery space for children to explore, play and learn. Pauline and John’sphilanthropy is not limited to their home state of Victoria, recently contributing $7 million to the National Gallery of Australia redevelopment.

Creative Partnerships CEO Fiona Menzies said, “Each of the winners for this year’s awards has shown an enduring passion for Australia’s arts sector. Their contribution to fostering a vibrant, diverse and thriving arts culture, as well as their vision to encourage others to share this passion, is the reason we celebrate them today.”

“I congratulate each and every one of the 2019 winners. The Australian arts sector benefits from a combination of support from all levels of government, alongside business partnerships and gifts from individuals and trusts and foundations, all of whom value its contribution to a thriving and cohesive community,” Menzies added.

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