Current sponsorships

Allens has a long history of involvement with Australian cultural and sporting organisations.

We are currently supporting:

Sculpture By The Sea celebrates a decade of sun, sand & sculpture at Cottesloe Beach

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2014

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2014

Allens is proud to be a Founding Sponsor & Supporting Partner of Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, Perth, Western Australia.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe returns with more than 70 local, interstate and international artists transforming Perth's most popular beach into a stunning sculpture park.

Since its inception in 2005, the annual art event has grown to become Perth's largest and much loved free to the public outdoor exhibition. An estimated 220,000 visitors saw Cottesloe Beach transformed by artists from around the world set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Indian Ocean, with some of the most stunning sunsets of any major city in the world.

This year Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe welcomed 25 international artists from 10 different countries, including first time exhibitors Geraldo Zamproni from Brazil and Mia Hamilton from New Zealand, as well as a record nine sculptors from Japan. Among the Japanese sculptors was Keizo Ushio who joined WA's Ron Gomboc in being welcomed as the inaugural members of the Perth exhibition's Decade Club, which recognises those artists who have exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 10 times or more.

'It has been a real privilege to stage Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe since 2005,' says Founding Director David Handley. 'We look forward to building on the foundations of our first decade to make the exhibition even more significant on the global art scene, and in doing so we will provide more benefits for WA artists and exhibitions that continue to delight and surprise so many people.'

As part of Allens' sponsorship, we proudly support the Allens’ WA Emerging Sculptor Program. This year it was awarded to Norton Flavel.

Norton Flavel

Norton Flavel graduated from Edith Cowan University, School of Visual Art in 2001. In his graduation exhibition he won the John Birman Memorial award for best work in any media.

Since then Flavel has gone on to manage the Cannery Arts Centre, the regional gallery for South East WA, and ECU's Spectrum Project Space in Northbridge.

Flavel has his own business, Blastform, which uses explosive forming techniques to produce complex metal forms. Flavel also works at ECU in the Glass, Sculpture and 3D design studios where he assists staff and students achieve their visions.

Exhibiting work both in Australia and overseas Flavel has also worked on numerous public art projects and consulted for many well-known WA artists particularly in technical areas such as moulding, casting, fabrication and installation.

CEDA International Lectern Address

Allens is a long-standing member of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and sponsors a broad range of CEDA activities nationally, including annual dinners, Trustees' briefings and targeted speaker lunches.

CEDA provides thought leadership and policy perspectives on the economic and social issues affecting Australia. More than 800 organisations around Australia, from business, government, academic and community organisations, are CEDA members. CEDA holds regular forums and events across Australia, where high-profile speakers discuss the policy challenges facing local, regional and national development.

For more information go to the CEDA website.

CEDA National Agribusiness Sponsorship

During May and June 2013, Allens sponsored a national series of Agribusiness Forums run by CEDA.

World-wide food demand is set to double by 2050 and Australia has enormous opportunities to position itself as a global food power.

During May and June 2013, Allens sponsored a national series of Agribusiness Forums run by CEDA. These timely forums attracted a range of keynote speakers from industry, government, finance and research to discuss the issues that the Agribusiness sector needs to address, such as foreign investment and financing, government regulation, R&D, innovation, productivity and infrastructure.

The forums were chaired by Allens Agribusiness partners, Marcus Clark (view CV) and Jo Daniels (view CV) and attended by a range of our lawyers and Agribusiness clients.

Our experience allows us to advise clients on a wide range of legal matters affecting the agricultural industry, including sector-specific mergers and acquisitions, IPO and takeover defence advice, agri-infrastructure development, construction and financing, securitisation of receivables in agriculture, financial and capital markets, commodity trading instruments, native title, rural land acquisition and leasing, deregulation and regulatory advice, water rights, environmental laws and licensing, marketing and sales, information technology, debt and equity facilities, food processing, cooperative agreements, biotechnology, supply chain advice and organisational structuring.

CEDA – or the Committee for Economic Development of Australia - provides thought leadership and policy perspectives on the economic and social issues affecting Australia. Allens are a corporate member of CEDA along with 800 organisations around Australia - a unique, influential group of leaders from business, government, academia and community organisations.

Malthouse Theatre

Malthouse Theatre Foyer

Malthouse foyer

Malthouse Theatre is a company dedicated to the development, production, and promotion of contemporary Australian theatre.

With a strong focus on the development of new work, Malthouse Theatre presents reinvestigations of classic work, reappraisals of the Australian repertoire and the best of new Australian and international theatre-making on its stages.

Allens has enjoyed a productive relationship with Malthouse Theatre for more than 10 years.

Malthouse Theatre is proud to have Allens as a supporter. It looks forward to this support continuing as Artistic Director Marion Potts develops the theatre's vision. As well as a two-season program of shows, Malthouse Theatre has also programmed Things on Sunday. This series is designed to engage audiences with the broader context of theatre by speaking to, and about, a range of cultural concerns in Australia today.

As a key resident of the Ngargee arts precinct on Sturt St in Southbank, Malthouse Theatre at The Coopers Malthouse will also be working closely with its neighbours, ACCA and Chunky Move, to offer a full calendar of events to visitors.

For further information, contact Malthouse Theatre:

The Coopers Malthouse
113 Sturt Street
Box Office: +61 3 9685 5111
Administration: +61 3 9685 5100

Plein Air Painting Prize

2009 Plein Art Painting Prize winner

St Mary's Cathedral at 4am
oil on wooden board
113 x 89.5 cm

© the artist

Allens sponsorship of the New South Wales Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize reflects our commitment to Australian art.

The term 'en plein air' refers to the practice of painting outdoors, engaging with nature and recording the transitory effects of light. Although it has a long history in Europe, Australian artists have also established a strong tradition of painting 'en plein air', with the climate and landscape proving conducive to this style. The Impressionists of the late 19th century, including Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts, spent much of their time painting outdoors, while Fred Williams was a great master of landscape painting in the 20th century.

The New South Wales Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, set up in 2008, aims to recognise this great and often overlooked aspect of Australian painting. The exhibition is held in the NSW Parliament building, with the winning work entering the NSW Parliament's permanent collection and the winning artist receiving $20,000.

Allens' sponsorship of the award continues the firm's commitment to supporting Australian artists and encouraging the development of Australian cultural expression. Allens has a significant art collection, developed since the mid-1970s, which contains more than 1000 unique and challenging works by Australian artists and is a significant survey of Australian painting over the past three decades.

Previous winners of the NSW plein art painting prize are Isabel Gomez (Newcastle Ports), Rodney Pople (St Mary's Cathedral at 4am) and Euan Macleod (Murwillumbah X 5).

For more information on The New South Wales Parliament Plein Air Prize, please visit

To learn more about the Allens art collection, go to

Sydney Theatre Company

The cast of Secret River

The cast of Secret River
Image: Ellis Parrinder, Andy Stevens.

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Allens has extended its 2010 sponsorship of the Sydney Theatre Company (the STC) to include the 2011, 2012 and 2013 season.

Established in 1978, the STC plays a starring role in Australian drama, having fostered the careers of internationally renowned artists such as Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, Geoffrey Rush, Toni Collette, Cate Blanchett and Rose Byrne. The STC presents an annual 12-play program at its home base, The Wharf, and also at the Sydney Theatre and the Sydney Opera House.

Allens is proud to be involved with the STC, which actively fosters relationships and collaborations with international artists and companies and aims to present a program mix of Australian plays, classic repertoire and international writing.

As the NSW state theatre company, the STC produces a school education program, STC Ed. It also has a new permanent ensemble of theatre-makers, The Residents. These actors are employed full-time by the STC and have a particular focus on the development of theatre while working across all aspects of the STC's program.

STC's current artistic directors, Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton, joined in 2008. Productions scheduled for the 2013 season include Fury, starring Sarah Peirse and Robert Menzies; The Maids, which is based on sibling rivalry, class envy and high fashion: a combustible combination in this short, sharp reworking of French bad boy of letters Jean Genet's 1947 play; and Waiting for Godot, an epoch-defining work of art. It was met with bewilderment upon its premiere, yet went on to be one of the most lauded plays of the 20th century.

For more information on the 2013 program, contact the STC:

Box Office
T +61 2 9250 1777

General Enquiries
T +61 2 9250 1700

The Liable Entity Carbon Summit 2013

Allens was proud to be a major sponsor of the Liable Entity Carbon Summit held in Sydney in May 2013.

The two-day event brought together a number of high-level managers responsible for managing their organisations' liabilities under the carbon pricing scheme.

As part of the summit, Allens energy sector specialist and Partner Grant Anderson (view CV) facilitated a workshop called 'Carbon Liability Reporting Requirements'. Grant discussed issues arising out of NGERS and carbon liability reporting, the interrelationship between them, best practice approaches to reporting, dealing with the Clean Energy Regulator, and the timeline for carbon liability-related and reporting actions.

For more information go to Carbon Market Institute website.

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

Allens is proud to be a Supporting Partner of the Contemporary Practice of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

WAAPA is Australia's premier performing arts academy, and boasts such alumni as Hugh Jackman, Frances O'Connor, Marcus Graham and William McInnes.

Allens' support not only helps WAAPA to continue training some of the most talented performers in the country but also helps produce excellent performances that reach more than 30,000 Western Australians annually. Perth Partner Andrew Pascoe describes WAAPA as 'an integral part of the WA community that contributes greatly to the state's creative and cultural capital.'

This year, we are a partner for the Defying Gravity Percussion Ensemble's sold-out Drumming Up A Storm concert series, featuring guest musician Ric Eastman.

West Australian Ballet's Young Artist program

Allens would like to congratulate the WAAPA graduates who have been selected for the West Australian Ballet's Young Artist program.

All three graduates are very excited to be selected as Young Artists in 2014. According to Emily, dance has been a huge part of her life and has taken her to many exciting places around the globe: 'It has also allowed me to work with extraordinary artists, something I hope to continue with WAB. My time at WAAPA has been some of the best years of my life and has provided me with the skills to go out into the professional dance world with confidence.'

Steven Roth, General Manager of WAB, says the company enjoys a mutually beneficial relationship with WAAPA that provides opportunities for talented young dancers to develop their skills and talent: 'The increasingly high standard of achievement of WAAPA students and graduates attests to the well-rounded dance tutelage they receive.'

Genevieve O'Keeffe

Genevieve O'Keeffe:
Genevieve was raised in Tasmania, where she began training with Debra Butterworth and Jo Hills before finishing high school at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2012, she was accepted into the Advanced Diploma in Dance at WAAPA.

Genevieve has performed feature roles in Simon Hoy's 'Dido and Aeneas', Timothy Harbour's 'Carmen and Jose' and Nacho Duato's 'Jardi Tancat'. In 2013, she danced Kim McCarthy's 'Violins' at Beijing Normal University’s International Creative Seminar.

WAB's Artistic Director Aurélien Scanella observed Genevieve in class and rehearsal, after which he offered her a Young Artist position with the company in 2014.

Liam Green

Liam Green:
Perth-born Liam Green started dancing at the age of five, with Dynamic Performing Arts in North Perth, and commenced training at the Graduate College of Dance in 2007. In 2011, he was accepted into the Advanced Diploma in Dance at WAAPA.

Since starting at WAAPA, Liam has performed work by many of Australia’s most prominent choreographers, and has also worked with WAB, the WA Opera and the WA Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, he travelled to China to perform 'The Rite of Spring' and won the Linley Wilson scholarship at the Royal Academy of Dance Festival. He also performed for a live audience at the final of Australia’s Got Talent and is featured in a current advertisement for Head & Shoulders shampoo.

Emily Luxton

Emily Luxton:
Emily began dancing at three years of age, studying ballet, tap and jazz, before commencing training in Vaganova method of classical ballet at the Charlesworth Ballet Institute and Académie de Dance Princesse Grace in Monaco. In 2010, Emily returned to Perth to perform in The Sleeping Beauty with WAB, and in 2011, she was accepted into the second year of the Advanced Diploma in Dance at WAAPA.

During her time at WAAPA, Emily won the Artistic Prize in the Linley Wilson Scholarship of the Royal Academy of Dance Festival, for her interpretation of the Sylphide variation from La Sylphide. In 2013, Emily was selected to perform with WAB in La Sylphide, Onegin and Peter Pan, while completing a Bachelor Degree at WAAPA. She was invited to join the company as a Young Artist in 2014.