CONNECTED Art Exhibition Sponsors

A heartfelt thank-you to our wonderful sponsors in 2016.

We are proud to support our artists together with you and thank you greatly for making the CONNECTED dream come true for many.

Learn more about our sponsors below.





Maurice Blackburn believe that fairness is a universal right, not just for the chosen few. If the right to be heard, be free, be safe or be equal is compromised for one person, then we risk everyone’s rights, too.  Because a society that’s unjust to others, is a society that’s unjust to all.  That’s why we’ve been fighting for the rights of everyday Australians since 1919, and it’s why we’re the country’s leading social justice firm today.



Ern Jensen & Sons Funerals was established 88 years ago in 1928 and has been family owned and operated since then.  Our Managing Directors, a father and son team, are also our owners.

Our personalised, hands-on family approach distinguishes Ern Jensen Funerals in the funeral industry and is the key to our long term success.

Ern Jensen Funerals conducts funerals throughout the wider metropolitan area and even in rural Victoria. No matter where you are in Melbourne, we can visit you to provide a no-obligation explanation of our services and if desired, an itemised quotation.








A unique combination of relationships, resources, responsiveness. That’s what you get with BDO.

BDO is one of the world’s leading accountancy and advisory organisations. We have clients of all types and sizes, in every sector. But that’s only part of the story.

Our business is built on relationships. We focus on what’s important to you and adopt a partnership-style approach. We’re responsible and reliable, we keep our promises, and maintain open and frank communication. That’s how we do business.

Using this insight, we look for innovative ways to help you maximise growth opportunities, improve processes and avoid pitfalls. The result is that we meet – and exceed – your expectations.

We provide services to a diverse range of clients, from large corporate organisations to private businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals across an array of industry sectors.

BDO was established as an association of firms in Australia in 1975. Today, we are one of Australia’s largest associations of independently owned accounting practices, with offices in New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.




Victoria University is renowned for providing outstanding educational opportunities for students from diverse countries, cultures, and socioeconomic and educational backgrounds so they can find true success. True success may take the form of employment, further learning, or life skills that enable successful participation in society. We offer unique and exceptional educational opportunities through:

– A distinctive multi-sector approach to tertiary education
– Quality education and research in areas of focus
– Deep engagement with partners
– Strong connections with industry and community.

Victoria University, is the University of Opportunity.




The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) is a community based, not-for-profit organisation, committed to serving the needs of our communities.

As a not-for-profit organisation, SMCT cares for and ensures that Bunurong and Cheltenham Memorial Parks, and Brighton General, Cheltenham Pioneer, Dandenong Community, Melbourne General, Springvale Botanical and St Kilda Cemeteries will be maintained for future generations.

Over and above the funeral services we provide, we are committed to guiding families through the most important, long term decisions they will need to make when someone dies.

Historic and iconic, the cemeteries and memorial parks within our care are beautiful, tranquil and distinctive destinations to honour and celebrate life.




Maddocks has been providing legal advice to government, private and individual clients since 1885.

With offices in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney, Maddocks prides itself on long-standing, connected relationships and the clarity and commerciality of the advice we deliver to our clients.

We have a long history of supporting Australia’s Arts Community. We support local artists through the Maddocks Art Prize, our own biennial art prize for emerging artists in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria. We have also been a sponsor of Australia’s representative at the Venice Biennale since 2001 and we are sponsors and legal advisers to the National Gallery of Australia.

Maddocks is delighted to be a proud sponsor of the 2016 State Trustees CONNECTED Art Exhibition.


Nous Group is a leading Australian owned management consulting firm with over 200 staff across Australia and the UK.

Our work addresses the big, complex challenges facing business and government. We partner with clients to develop strategies, solutions and capabilities that improve business results, and deliver better outcomes for our clients’ customers and the communities they operate in.

Business and digital strategy – We design strategies, products and services suited to a dynamic, customer-centric, digital world.
Public policy – We develop public policy that improves social and economic outcomes.
Organisational capability – We design and then transform businesses and their cultures to lift performance.
Executive and talent development – We develop people and enable leaders to deliver great organisational outcomes.

We work across a broad range of industry sectors and our clients include ASX 100 and large privately held companies, government agencies and member based organisations.

Our people are recognised leaders in their fields and valued thought partners to our clients. We work in multi-disciplinary teams to blend sector knowledge with analytical rigour, creative flair and practical know-how. These collaborations produce genuinely tailored methods and solutions, and engaging client experiences.

We are values-driven and strive to deliver positive influence in everything we do.