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NAOMI MILGROM AO RECEIVES CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS AUSTRALIA PHILANTHROPY LEADERSHIP AWARD

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Photo by Peter Guenzel.

Congratulations to MPavilion founder Naomi Milgrom AO, who has been recognised for her philanthropic contribution to Australia’s cultural life at tonight’s Creative Partnerships Awards at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Accepting the Philanthropy Leadership Award, she spoke about her personal experience as a supporter of the arts: “Philanthropy has helped me be more connected to our shared culture and the community. That is why over the past thirty years I have tried to find ways to support projects and organisations that increase the level of public engagement and connection in the arts. And why I have always tried to encourage new projects that push boundaries and challenge the way we see—and engage with—the world.”

Building on decades of philanthropic work, Naomi recently established a new not-for-profit organisation, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, which exists to initiate and support great public design and architecture projects.

In its major initiatives such as MPavilion, as well as support of Denton Corker Marshall’s Australian Pavilion for the Venice Biennale, and exhibitions including Walter Van Beirendonck: Dream the world awake (RMIT Design Hub, 2013) and David Bowie is (ACMI, 2015), the foundation is exploring the potential of public–private partnerships as a philanthropic model—”collective creativity”—a concept that Naomi has always championed.

Walter Van Beirendonck - Dream the World Awake exhibition detail, RMIT Design Hub, 2013. Photo by Peter Bennett.

Walter Van Beirendonck, Dream the World Awake exhibition detail, RMIT Design Hub, 2013. Photo by Peter Bennett.

Speaking about this idea at tonight’s awards, she explained: “I see future cultural expansion relying on philanthropy that involves public–private partnerships. Through my foundation we can initiate new projects that just wouldn’t happen otherwise—and ones that fall outside traditional philanthropic formulas.”

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The Australian Pavilion in Venice by Denton Corker Marshall. Photo by John Gollings.

Tonight’s ceremony was held in conjunction with the Culture Business Sydney Conference. A principal partner of the conference, Creative Partnerships Australia works to develop private-sector support for the arts, bringing together donors, businesses, artists and arts organisations to grow the culture of giving, investment, partnership and volunteering. In her speech, Naomi reflected on what supporting and championing great Australian art, design and culture means to her, and what she hopes it means to communities across the country: “I hope I have helped to build something better for us all. What more could any of us ask to achieve?”

The 2016 Creative Partnership Awards also honoured the contributions of Sydney’s Peter Wilson, who received the Emerging Philanthropy Leadership Award; Julieanne Alroe and Richard Goyder AO, who shared the Business Arts Leadership Award; and Mary Jo Capps, who received the Arts Leadership Award.

Congratulations to all!

 

Main photo: Photo by Peter Guenzel.