SPINIFEX HILL STUDIOS
Open 9am-5pm Tuesday-Friday and 10am-2pm Saturday
18 Hedditch Street, South Hedland, WA 6722
Located on the old Dreamers Corner in South Hedland, the Spinifex Hill Studios were officially launched in March 2014. The $2.5 million studios were made possible through funding raised by FORM from BHP Billiton and the Federal Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund with the land donated by the Department of Lands. The Studios comprise of two professional studio spaces with facilities for painting and three-dimensional work, residence for an art centre manager, gallery-standard artwork storage facilities and includes feature canopy and large garden sculpture that were designed and developed through the Land.Mark.Art program.
The Spinifex Hill Studios are home to the Spinifex Hill Artists (SHA), Port Hedland’s only professional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artist collective. SHA began in 2008 after a series of community workshops organised by FORM with the support of Irene Coffin, Max George and members of the Mothers Against Drugs group. The group quickly blossomed and held their first solo exhibition, ‘Before the Town Got Big’, at the Courthouse Gallery in 2009. In March 2014 the group relocated to the Spinifex Hill Studios and welcomes beginner, mid-career and established Aboriginal artists and provides access to materials, creative and professional training and arts education to bolster their knowledge and empower their practice.
If you are interested in joining, volunteering or learning more about the studios, please contact us:
(08) 9172 1699
The principal partner of the Spinifex Hill Studio is BHP Billiton. The studio is also supported by the Office for the Arts who provide funding on an annual basis.
Strong partnerships that connect the non-profit and corporate sectors are a contemporary indicator of the wellbeing of a place. A place that advocates and embraces cross-sector partnering, philanthropy, volunteering and giving is a place that recognises communities can only be created and sustained through the varied support of the individual as well as the collective. It is place that recognises cities and towns need commitment, planning and active involvement to thrive. It is a place that understands the diversity of its stakeholders and the value and skill each has to offer.
Developing meaningful, long-term partnerships is an essential part of FORM’s mandate. Our partnerships move beyond traditional money-for-services sponsorship models to represent a shared vision, a respect of each other’s skills, a mutual trust and a desire to contribute something truly long-lasting to the communities involved.
The successful cross-sector partnership between BHP Billiton and FORM is one that nurtures innovative approaches to the challenging issue of sustainable regional development. The knowledge and skills contributed by each partner have served to foster outcomes that would be difficult to achieve for either partner alone. At the same time, the increasing recognition of the integral value of ‘culture’ in sustainable development brings to focus the merit, richness and potential of this type of partnering – which can serve as a model for cultural development in the Pilbara. The initial vision for the partnership was to improve the quality of life in the Pilbara towns in which BHP Billiton operated. By helping these communities celebrate a distinctive sense of place and identity, and by broadening the economic and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people, they become more attractive places to live and work. At the heart of the partnership lies social investment in a manner that encourages a convergence between the needs of BHP Billiton as a business, FORM as a cultural organisation, and those of the broader community.
The partnership between FORM and BHP Billiton has been recognised by the Australian Business Arts Foundation, winning commitment and community awards in 2010 and 2011.