The Wesfarmers Collection

300 artists. 800 works of art. Australia + New Zealand. c1800 to now.

painting ‖ photography ‖ sculpture ‖ digital

From rare early watercolours of the earliest years of European settlement, to the art of today across painting, photography, sculpture and digital media, The Wesfarmers Collection reflects the diversity of creative Australia through the work of our country’s defining artists.

(c) Richard Bell, reproduced courtesy of the artist
Richard Bell
Omega (Bell’s theorem) 2013 acrylic on linen 180.0 x 480.0cm
The Wesfarmers Collection, Perth
©Richard Bell, reproduced courtesy of the artist

Wesfarmers has collected Australian art for over three decades. From the 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.

Today Wesfarmers' collection ranks amongst the pre-eminent corporate holdings of Australian art, embracing the wide diversity of art produced in this country since the early days of European settlement to today, across painting, photography, sculpture and digital media.

Surrounded by art from Australia, and more recently New Zealand, where Wesfarmers now has a major business presence, our employees work in an environment where the collection is a focus for lively discussion and where colleagues, family and community groups enjoy regular talks with artists and curators. 

We also share the collection with the national community through exhibitions and an active loan program to galleries throughout Australia and internationally.

Luminous World

LUMINOUS WORLD: contemporary art from The Wesfarmers Collection on display at the National Art School, Sydney February 2016.