Our Collection

The Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art

Wesfarmers has collected Australian art for over three decades. From General Manager John Bennison’s first acquisition in 1977 of a pastoral scene by the Australian impressionist Elioth Gruner, our purpose has been to accentuate the value of art in the workplace and encourage an understanding of the importance to society of supporting creative thinking and artistic vision.

The Wesfarmers Collection comprises paintings, photographs, works on paper and sculpture by leading Australian artists from the colonial period through to contemporary times.In recent years, the scope of the collection has expanded to include work by leading New Zealand artists and a greater emphasis placed on representing the rich diversity of contemporary Australian indigenous art.

The collection is shared with the community through an active loan and exhibition program.

Rosalie Gascoigne 1917-99, Hung fire 1995, retroreflective road sign on wood, 209cm x 176cm ©Rosalie Gascoigne, licensed by Viscopy in 2012

LUMINOUS WORLD: Contemporary art from the Wesfarmers Collection

A Wesfarmers and Art Gallery of Western Australia touring exhibition

LUMINOUS WORLD presents a diverse selection of contemporary paintings, photography and works of sculpture, acquired by the Wesfarmers Collection over thirty years and considered through the lens of how contemporary artists variously explore the phenomenon of light in their work.


Some 50 leading artists from Australia and New Zealand are featured in the exhibition including: Rosalie Gascoigne, Bill Henson, Robert Hunter, Susan Norrie, Rosemary Laing, Howard Taylor, Dale Frank, Paddy Bedford, Fiona Pardington (NZ), Max Gimblett (NZ) Brook Andrew, Timothy Cook and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.

Take the Luminous World site tour