Engaging with the arts

Gadens has a long history of supporting emerging and established artists. Our involvement with the arts extends beyond traditional forms of corporate support such as sponsorships and corporate art collections, to the integration of the arts into many facets of the firm’s operations, including artists in residence.
Our approach to the arts is based on a philosophy of creative engagement designed to encourage our people think outside the box and to feel comfortable sharing ideas.
Some recent examples of our engagement with the arts are outlined below.
Queensland Music Festival

Gadens is a major sponsor of Queensland Musical Festival 2013 (QMF), a biennial celebration of music which will take place over 17 days in July. With world-renowned jazz musician James Morrison as Artistic Director, QMF will see a host of the best local, national and international talent perform across Queensland in a variety of events to suit all musical palates.

In addition to attending many of the QMF events through the course of our sponsorship, several Gadens staff participated in a successful attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the World’s Biggest Orchestra.

Gadens’ sponsorship of QMF adds another dimension to its long-standing affiliation with the arts. The firm resonates strongly with QMF’s vision of making music accessible to all, celebrating the richness and diversity of Queensland and nurturing local talent.

For further information on QMF, please click here.

Queensland Literary Awards

Gadens is a supporter of the Queensland Literary Awards 2013 and is sponsoring the Feature Film Script Award The Awards play an important role in promoting Queensland’s cultural landscape and, in particular, the thriving writing and publishing industries. We are proud of our involvement in this important suite of prizes and the importance placed on literacy and reading for all ages. In celebration of our sponsorship of the, Gadens hosted an internal scriptwriting competition to rouse the screenwriting passions of our more creative staff members.

Gallery of Modern Art

Gadens has a longstanding relationship with the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane (GOMA), having been a patron of the Gallery for many years. Gadens has recently announced its major sponsorship of GOMA’s upcoming exhibition California Design 1930 - 1965 Exhibition: Living in a Modern Way.

Donation to Queensland Art Gallery

Paul Spiro, Chairman of Gadens Brisbane, recently donated a piece of art to the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) on behalf of the firm. The stunning piece, titled Albert Namatjira – Traditional Morph (series), is by one of Australia’s leading contemporary Aboriginal artists, Ron Hurley, who passed away in 2002.

Gadens Gallery

In Brisbane, our passion for art is strikingly obvious as the office plays host to its own art gallery. Upon entering our reception area, clients and visitors are greeted with an array of striking sculptures. Each of our 172 offices and meeting rooms houses its own art piece.

Poetry in Action
Poetry In Action conducted a 22 week workshop for a large group of Sydney staff aimed at helping staff to embrace language, think creatively, and like poets, to focus on using the best words in the best order. The fun and interactive workshops were held in place of the traditional Monday morning meeting, creating a more motivating and energising start to the working week.
Showcasing emerging artists
Our Adelaide office collaborated with a range of emerging artists and an art entrepreneur to host exhibitions of works by emerging South Australian artists. Painters and glass, ceramic and furniture, and talented Indigenous artists have been displayed in the firm’s Gouger Street offices. Similarly, our Sydney office showcases works by a range of emerging artists through different installations on display throughout the year.

National Art School

Since 2009, Gadens and the National Art School in Darlinghurst, Sydney have had a partnership agreement based on in-kind support. In exchange for legal services, the National Art School has provided Gadens staff and clients with unique opportunities such as life drawing classes and lunchtime seminars on art history and theory. Our partnership with the National Art School saw Gadens awarded Best Practice Recognition from the Australian Business Arts Foundation in 2011.


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