The National Gallery of Australia Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that is dedicated to supporting the aspirations and activities of the Gallery.
The Foundation is a company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001 and is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Gallery’s Council and includes the Gallery’s Director. The Foundation Board Patron is the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd). The Foundation Board meets three times each year.
The Chair of the Foundation is Stephen Brady AO, CVO and Philip Bacon AO is the Deputy Chair. Michael Maher, President of the American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia, was appointed to the Foundation Board.
Board members in 2020–21 were Stephen Brady AO, CVO (Chair), Philip Bacon AO (Deputy Chair), Ryan Stokes AO (Council Chair), Nick Mitzevich (Director), Geoffrey Ainsworth AM, Julian Beaumont OAM, Anthony Berg AM, Robyn Burke, Julian Burt, Terrance Campbell AO, Sue Cato AM, the Hon Ashley Dawson-Damer AM, James Erskine, Andrew Gwinnett, Wayne Kratzmann AM, Dr Andrew Lu AM, Michael Maher (appointed June 2021), Dr Michael Martin, Geoffrey Pack, Roslyn Packer AC, Penelope Seidler AM, Ezekiel Solomon AM, Kerry Stokes AC and Ray Wilson OAM. The Foundation’s Secretary is Dr Peter Lundy RFD and the Executive Director is Maryanne Voyazis.
National Gallery of Australia Gala
This year’s National Gallery fundraising Gala took place on 4 and 5 June 2021 on the second last weekend of the Botticelli to Van Gogh exhibition. Ninety-three supporters and guests travelled from across the country to participate. The 2021 Gala achieved the highest ever level of contributions from attending guests and others who were not able to participate. All donations will support a major new artistic commission to mark the Gallery’s 40th anniversary in 2022. All Gala Fund patrons and donors are listed in Appendix E.
Tim Fairfax AC – 10 Years of Giving
2021 marks 10 years of transformational support from Education Patron Tim Fairfax AC. Over the last decade, Visionary Benefactors Tim and Gina Fairfax have contributed towards many important initiatives at the Gallery including the Tim Fairfax Learning Gallery and the Tim Fairfax Studio.
4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony
This year’s Annual Appeal for the 4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony attracted 372 donors. In addition, 21 donors supported many different aspects of the exhibition, including the direct commissioning of artists. Donors are listed in Appendix E.
Know My Name
Additional major gifts were received in support of the Know My Name initiative, including the Australia Council for the Arts which supported the Know My Name Conference. These donors built on the generosity of last year’s supporters and assisted with the commissioning of artists, the delivery of the two-part Know My Name exhibition and a suite of public and education programs. Donors are listed in Appendix E.
The Botticelli to Van Gogh exhibition attracted the greatest ever level of private support for an exhibition in Canberra. Significant support has also been received for the upcoming Jeffrey Smart exhibition. Patrons are listed in Appendix E.
Metal Manufactures Ltd made the first contribution of a five-year commitment to support regional initiatives, including the engagement of a dedicated Regional Initiatives Officer who will be responsible for establishing a new loans program that will ensure greater access to the national collection by communities across Australia.
Council Deputy Chair Michael Gannon and Helen Gannon supported the Gallery, and a gift from a new donor Tracey Griff was made in support of the Gallery’s Learning and Access programs.
Visionary Benefactors Kenneth Tyler AO and Marabeth Cohen-Tyler continued their annual giving in support of the Kenneth Tyler Print Collection. It was with great sadness that we received the news of Marabeth's untimely passing in April 2021.
Other Significant Donations
The National Gallery acknowledges all donors who provide support and enable aspirational projects to be realised, including exhibitions, public and learning programs and funded positions. All donors are listed in Appendix E.
Dr Eugenie Bell continued her support of the Robert and Eugenie Bell Decorative Arts and Design Fund and was joined by other donors to this fund that is dedicated to advancing decorative arts at the Gallery in memory of former Senior Curator Dr Robert Bell AM.
This year the Gallery has also been fundraising for an upcoming documentary by Catherine Hunter on the Australian sculptor Bronwyn Oliver through the Australian Artists Film Fund.
National Gallery’s Bequest Circle
At the end of June 2021, the National Gallery Bequest Circle had 58 members. This year, the Gallery received the final instalments of two bequests from the late Henry Dalrymple – whose bequest supports two named positions: the Henry Dalrymple Head Curator of Australian Art and the Henry Dalrymple Chief Content Officer; and the late Barbara Jean Humphreys, whose bequest supports the Barbara Jean Humphreys Assistant Director, Indigenous Engagement.
American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia
The New York-based American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia (AFNGA) used the pandemic lockdown to pivot to digital offerings, providing engagement via a series of online Art Talks around Know My Name and remembering the late Robert Hughes, which helped broaden the reach and profile of the Gallery in the United States.
At its Annual General Meeting in May 2021, the AFGNA farewelled outgoing Chair Philip Colbran who held this role for 12 years and will continue his involvement as General Counsel. Carolyn Fletcher AM, most recently the Chair of the National Art School in Sydney, was appointed to the role of Chair. The AFNGA Board of Directors also includes President Michael Maher, Secretary Elizabeth Elder, and Treasurer Robert Moore II, who are joined by Sara McKerihan, Megan Thomas, Susan van der Griend and recently appointed member Catherine Divine.
During the year, a major gift was made by the AFNGA with the assistance of Kenneth Tyler AO and the late Marabeth Cohen-Tyler towards the Kenneth Tyler Print Collection.