Holmes à Court will be the keynote speaker at Impact100 WA’s second annual ‘Generous Australians’ event, and will draw on her experience as patron of 20 organisations and directorships to many of WA and Australia’s leading arts institutions.

In the presentation she will delve into her experiences with giving and share what has driven her private charitable interests.

“Janet’s natural verve, energy, humour and story will make for an engaging, inclusive and frank discussion about how vital private philanthropy is to social change in WA,” says Impact100 WA committee member, Simon Bedbrook.

2013’s inaugural Generous Australians guest, Andrew Forrest, spoke of his philanthropic decisions and his journey to becoming a leader in social investment.

The lecture series is part of Impact100 WA’s work to encourage philanthropic giving in WA and provide valuable educational opportunities to individual’s interested in getting involved in philanthropy in WA.

The event will be held on Wednesday, August 20 at St Hilda’s Performing Arts Centre, Bay View Terrace, Mosman Park, Perth from 6.15 pm to 8 pm. Admission is FREE. Reserve your ticket HERE.


About Janet Holmes à Court

Janet Holmes à Court is a leading patron of the arts in Australia.

The Holmes à Court Gallery houses a collection of 4,000 artworks with a programme of lending to galleries around Australia. Holmes à Court was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to business, the advancement of Western Australia’s musical and theatre culture, to the visual arts, and to the community. She has been a strong promoter of public ethics in corporate life, her own philanthropy inspiring other business people to invest in the arts.

Holmes à Court has been Chair of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation since 1986 and the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra since 1998. She is also a patron and board member of a wide range of cultural and arts organisations in Australia with interests ranging across theatre, art, music, and urban design and architecture.

Janet Holmes à Court was Pro-chancellor at the University of Western Australia (1990-94) and a Senate member at both Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia. She holds honorary doctorates from three Australian universities.

In 2003 she developed the Perth ‘Day of Ideas’, now run in collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Studies at University of Western Australia and with Manning Clarke House where she also a patron. This has allowed exploration of a number of socially progressive themes (such as ‘living in a time of fear’, ‘beyond sorry’ and ‘refuge’) and demonstrates Holmes à Court’s hands-on, practical and involved approach to numerous intellectual and creative projects.

About Impact100 WA:

Impact100 WA is a collective giving group formed in 2011 with a growing membership base of over 100 members. Each member donates a minimum $1,000 to collectively make large-scale grants to different local nonprofit organisations annually.