Powerhouse Industry Partners

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Powerhouse is committed to developing collaborative partnerships with industry, knowledge institutions, and the diverse communities we serve.

Our partnerships are embedded across many facets of museum practice including programs, curatorial, research, exhibitions, conservation and digitisation.

Western Sydney University (WSU)

We are collaborating with Powerhouse Parramatta Foundation University Partner WSU to co-design and develop integrated learning opportunities alongside the delivery of Powerhouse Parramatta. Collaborating with the School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment, The Academy and construction partner Lendlease, initiatives include mentoring programs, internship opportunities, Sydney Science Festival and Sydney Design Week engagements, an Engineering Innovation Hub exhibition and collaborative research projects.

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

We are collaborating with Powerhouse Ultimo Foundation University Partner UTS to foster a dynamic creative industries ecology in Ultimo and expand the international profile of Australian design and fashion. UTS will be a supporting partner of the Powerhouse Ultimo Academy connecting local and regional students with industry leaders. Together we will co-design work-integrated learning opportunities for UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building students and collaborate on several key focus areas including First Nations and research.


We are collaborating with TAFE NSW to develop new skills and opportunities for young people in Western Sydney. Initiatives in development include the establishment of a Skills Exchange on-site at Powerhouse Parramatta, behind-the-scenes tours of Powerhouse Castle Hill for high school students interested in museum sector careers, work experience and professional development opportunities, a Creative Studio, artist-led school holiday workshops and monthly science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics Saturday workshops for primary school children.

Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport (WSIA)

Powerhouse Parramatta and WSIA are joining forces to amplify tourism, attract national and international visitors to Western Sydney and bolster STEM education as part of new landmark agreement. This groundbreaking partnership between two major Western Sydney infrastructure projects will see the largest museum in NSW and a leading museum in the Southern Hemisphere collaborate with Western Sydney’s world-class airport on joint initiatives, research and strategic programs in the area of First Nations, STEM, and aviation.

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA)

Together with ACMI and NFSA, we have developed a tripartite agreement to jointly acquire, collect, preserve, and store Australian video games. It represents an ongoing commitment to the research and preservation of video games as an important artistic medium in contemporary material culture. The partnership enables Powerhouse, ACMI and NFSA curators and digital conservators to have a strategic, collaborative approach to the acquisition, collection, preservation, storage and access to Australian video game material, avoiding duplication and helping to build a distributed national collection. The first joint acquisition was Untitled Goose Game developed by House House and published by Panic.

Australia Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

We are collaborating with ANSTO, the home of Australia’s nuclear science expertise, on research projects, establishing a First Nations Cultural Research Scholarship and combining efforts on STEM outreach activities. ANSTO provides advanced and non-destructive analytical capabilities to support research on unique objects in the museum collection and we share these insights with the public, such as the Invisible Revealed exhibition.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

We are collaborating with CSIRO to develop exhibition, education and research projects that engage with key shared interests including STEM education, artificial intelligence usages and systems, environmental challenges, renewable energy sources, equitable access and exploring ways to interrogate and link our collection systems and information databases. CSIRO is also assisting us with our COVID-19 Collection Project by helping to identify and provide objects, data, stories and documentation, with particular reference to modelling, new materials research, vaccine development and small-scale manufacturing.

Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR)

We are partnering with the world-leading WIMR to build a collection responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the nation. The partnership will assist us to collect medical and scientific material related to the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, contact tracing research and technology, and stories from lead researchers and patients.