The art of giving

As part of the legacy of Mark Howlett, Central has kindly been given 61 art pieces to add to its burgeoning collection across all five campuses.

The Mark Howlett Foundation was an incorporated, not-for-profit art organisation that ran from the early 90s for over 20 years. Its focus was to support mid-career Western Australian artists, by enabling them to create a substantial body of work, free from financial, thematic or curatorial restrictions.

The foundation was set up following the untimely death of Mark Howlett, who originally conceived of the idea.

The Foundation was created as both a memorial to Mark and a way to develop and carry forward his plans to support Western Australian artists.

Over the years the Mark Howlett Foundation supported numerous Western Australian artists including Central’s own Susan Flavell, who progressed to becoming a board member.

The generous gift of the artworks was presented to Central’s Art Curator, Judith Hugo, and Executive Director Creative Industries and Enterprise, Julie Zappa, on 18 February and adds significant value to Central’s diverse art collection.

The Foundation wanted the entire collection to be housed in one place for posterity and chose Central over other organisations for the support they gave the Foundation over many years.

(Pic shows Penny Bovell from the Foundation with her son and current Central student, George Howlett.)

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