Penelope Forlano, 'Counterpoints' Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2018. Photo Gareth Carr

Transfield takes an active interest in the community because it understands the positive impact its business can have on personal well-being and society. The company continues its history of supporting community organisations through direct sponsorships.

Community sponsorships are an essential part of Transfield’s business and reflect the company’s commitment to investing in the community. A community sponsorship involves Transfield Holdings providing financial, in-kind or pro-bono support to community organisations. These mutually beneficial agreements are designed to promote Transfield’s support of the great work done by the community organisation. Selected community organisations are chosen based on Transfield’s community investment criteria and thorough evaluation of each application. This means that some programs will not be eligible for sponsorship.


Walsh Bay Sculpture Walk

Walsh Bay Sculpture Walk

In 2008 Transfield Holdings augmented the cultural landscape of the Walsh Bay Precinct with the launch of the Walsh Bay Sculpture Walk, an outdoor exhibition of works from The Transfield Art Collection.

Sculpture by the Sea

Sculpture by the Sea

Sculpture by the Sea is Australia's largest annual, outdoor, free to the public exhibition of contemporary sculpture. Transfield Holdings’ support for Sculpture by the Sea began in 2004 with the commission of Phil Price’s kinetic work, Tri.


Transfield has a tradition of arts benefaction spanning half a century. 

In 1961, Transfield’s Founder, Franco Belgiorno-Nettis, launched The Transfield Art Prize to promote up and coming Australian artists. He later founded the Biennale of Sydney, which Transfield supported as its Founding Partner until 2014. Additional sponsorships include Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sculpture by the Sea and the Museum of Contemporary Art. 

The Transfield Art Collection is one of the major private collections of contemporary art in Australia, not necessarily in value, although it does contain pieces of significance, but more because it illustrates the journey of Franco Belgiorno-Nettis, now continued by his sons Luca and Guido. 

In 2004, at the age of 89, two years before his passing, Franco Belgiorno-Nettis instigated a new initiative for the company: the roll-out of the company’s art rental program, whereby works from the collection became available for rent. 

To find out more about renting works from the Transfield Art Rental Program visit

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The Transfield Foundation (2010-2015) continued a tradition of support for the arts that began when Transfield’s Founder, Franco Belgiorno-Nettis launched the Transfield Art Prize in 1961 and the Biennale of Sydney in 1973. The Foundation also supported the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sculpture by the Sea and Australian Chamber Orchestra. 

Between 2010 and 2015 the Foundation was committed to supporting organisations providing employment and education opportunities. Organisations that received support were Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), Career Trackers, The Clontarf Foundation and Many Rivers Microfinance.