The Wolanski Foundation Project is a website and information service.
It was initiated by Phillip Wolanski and Paul Bentley to
continue the work of the former Dennis Wolanski
Library and Archives of the Performing Arts at the Sydney Opera House. The Sydney Opera House Trust closed the library in
1997 and dispersed its collection to other organisations throughout
Australia. Dennis Wolanski, the Sydney businessman and sculptor, and his son
Phillip were principal sponsors of the library. Paul Bentley managed the
collection from 1973 until it closed.
The Wolanski Foundation Project aims to
generate ongoing value from the work of the Dennis Wolanski Library and Archives of the Performing Arts
address anomalies relating to the dispersal of
highlight information in its distributed
undertake research on the Sydney Opera
House and the work of libraries, archives and museums
assist people to find information on related
In 2005-2008, we provided assistance to the
development of performing arts information resources in the National
Institute of Dramatic Art and Seaborn Broughton Walford Foundation.
The Wolanski family provided financial support for Opera House digitisation
programs in 2011 and for the restoration of the film Autopsy on a Dream, a
collaboration of the Sydney Opera House and Australian Broadcasting
Corporation, in 2013.