Holdmark Property Group, under the leadership of Founder and Chief Executive Sarkis Nassif, has committed $10 million towards Powerhouse Parramatta. This remarkable investment will support the establishment of the Holdmark Gallery and underpin a biennial exhibition focusing on innovation in design, engineering and architecture. Holdmark Gallery will be the second largest gallery space in Powerhouse Parramatta, featuring 2300 square metres of floor space and 8-metre high ceilings.
Holdmark will also become Principal Partner of Sydney Design Week. Curated and produced by Powerhouse for more than 20 years, the renowned festival has played an instrumental role in the evolution of design practice in Australia and internationally. It presents tours, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, open studios, keynote presentations, installations and symposiums. A Design Summit supported by Holdmark will provide a platform for audiences to connect with leading Australian and international designers and design thinkers.
Holdmark will partner with Western Sydney University to establish a multi-disciplinary summer school focused on urban design, transformation and holistic approaches to the built form. Every year the summer school will engage with a Western Sydney local council on a project to tackle real-world design, engineering and architecture challenges, and students will generate solutions under the guidance of national and international guest academics and practitioners. The partnership will importantly support Western Sydney University scholarships and graduate internships with Holdmark.
Holdmark’s founder Sarkis Nassif left the instability of Lebanon in 1987 and arrived in Australia to pursue a new life without anything but ambition and motivation. He worked as a form worker for seven years before buying his first small development site, sowing the beginnings of the Holdmark Property Group.
Three of Nassif's five children, Kevin, Kristy-Ann and Ivana, are closely involved in the Holdmark business. In 2017, the Nassif family established the John Paul Foundation in memory of Sarkis and Bernadette’s son John Paul Nassif to assist families facing hardships due to illness, tragedy and adversity. The Foundation has supported Westmead Children’s Foundation along with several other Western Sydney organisations. In 2019, Holdmark also donated $1 million to support farmers struggling with the drought.
Principal Partner of Sydney Design Week
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