Creativity is Empowering
CREATIVITY IS A DEMOCRACY, and it is a meritocracy. It is available to all, yet it requires application, work, and talent to bring reward. Sometimes the reward is in creativity’s intrinsic value and our emotional response: how clever design or a piece of music makes us feel. However, creativity (whether artistic, entrepreneurial, personal, or collective) also has the power to create pathways to a better quality of life, more integrated and enlightened communities, and a means of earning a living.
Creativity also has the capacity to enable individuals to experience the self-respect which comes from achievement, self-respect that can lead them to make better life choices and realise their full potential. So, creativity, as well as having aesthetic value, also has value in what it helps people to achieve. It is along this axis FORM’s interest lies.
FORM is an independent, non-profit cultural organisation established in 1968 that develops and advocates for excellence in creativity and artistic practice in Western Australia.
We see creativity as a catalyst for positive change and share the philosophy that the best, most vibrant places to live are the ones that nurture dynamic creativity, showcase cultural diversity, insist on quality, and are shaped with people in mind.
Our activities span high-level artist development and exhibitions, place making and strategy, social and multicultural engagement, cultural infrastructure development, Aboriginal cultural maintenance, research, and advocacy. All of these activities are connected by the exploration of artistic excellence and activation, whether through processes or outcomes.
FORM has offices and gallery spaces in Perth and the Pilbara in the State’s North West, and our programs reach many communities, from inner city and suburban Perth to remote Aboriginal and mining communities.