Like many great stories, our story began with a blank sheet of paper and an ambitious idea.
An idea born from the observation that while every great city has its grand cultural institutions – art galleries, theatres and museums – we needed a hub for the discussion, debate and practice of writing and ideas.
In 2008, Melbourne was designated a UNESCO City of Literature, and this heralded the establishment of the Centre of Books, Writing and Ideas – a vibrant new hub for a diverse range of literary- and ideas-based organisations and activities. The aim: to provide a home and important focal point for the conversations that matter to Victoria, and indeed, Australia.
Without the vision and generosity of the State Government of Victoria, we wouldn’t exist. Without the support of our patrons, Tony and Maureen Wheeler, we couldn’t have created and maintained our extraordinary programme of activity.
But now, critically – without your contribution – we won’t be able to build on ten incredible years of success to ensure that the Wheeler Centre remains the best and most ambitious organisation it can be.
That’s where you can play a vital role.