WA Museum to secure exclusive exhibitions thanks to $5m sponsorship from Tianqi Lithium Australia


Yan Dong (Tianqi Lithium Australia), Jiang Weiping (Tianqi Lithium Corporation Chairman), Phil Thick (Tianqi Lithium Australia general manager) and Alec Coles (Museum chief executive).
Yan Dong (Tianqi Lithium Australia), Jiang Weiping (Tianqi Lithium Corporation Chairman), Phil Thick (Tianqi Lithium Australia general manager) and Alec Coles (Museum chief executive).

A $5 million deal with a private company is set to secure the new WA Museum exclusive exhibitions.

Tianqi Lithium Australia signed a partnership agreement with the Foundation for the WA Museum for naming rights sponsorship of the new Connections Gallery within the museum in the Perth Cultural Centre, set to re-open in 2020.

The gallery will feature displays exploring themes such as early exploration, trade, immigration, national and state allegiances and how they affected international relationships.

Company chairman Jiang Weiping visited the site in October.

He said the deal demonstrated the company’s determination to be an engaged contributor to the local community.

Mr Weiping said it was a step to strengthening better relations between China and Australia.

Foundation chief executive Jenny Allen said private investment was “vital” to ensuring the museum was state of the art.

“This partnership will pave the way for high calibre and world-renowned exhibitions of Chinese culture to be hosted by the WA Museum over a 10 year period, and will also support community outreach throughout the decade,” she said.

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