Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation


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About the Foundation

The Art Gallery of Western Australia holds one of Australia's finest art collections, including one of the most important Indigenous collections in the country and the pre-eminent collection of Western Australian art. This is largely due to the generosity of donors and members of the Foundation.

The key role of the Foundation is to raise funds and encourage donations to assist the Gallery in acquiring works to the State Art Collection. The Foundation also aims to broaden the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of art in the community and assists with the Art Gallery's education program.


The Next Collective is AGWA Foundation’s new group for young professionals who share a growing passion for art and an interest in playing an active role in the direction of their State Art Gallery, while developing their professional and social networks.

Next Collective members make an annual tax-deductible donation to a pooled fund and are invited to a live pitch on where to focus their support. They decide the outcome by voting on what their donations make possible, such as a new acquisition, an education program or an exhibition.


Foundation Events

2018 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for Foundation Members. This year we've upped the ante, making sure Members are offered even more exciting premium events and activities that can't be experienced anywhere else.


Wesfarmers media release PDF Download the event schedule for 2018 here



The AGWA Foundation hosted ART BALL once again in 2017. AGWA’s social event of the year proved to be a night full of fashion, fine food and wines, art and entertainment.

The evening’s stellar line-up included 80’s inspired pop juggernaut Client Liasion, 2016 ARIA award-winning ‘Best Breakthrough Artist’ Montaigne, Papua New Guinea-born future-soul singer Ngaiire and local hip-hop artist Mathas. Guests experienced things differently with interactive installations including a virtual reality display, nude life drawing and live tattoo art all taking place throughout the Gallery spaces.

The evening’s theme was centred around AGWA’s international exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture - showcasing the sneaker’s complex and fascinating history.





The Tom Malone Prize Celebrates 15 Years

A special celebration was held to honour the 15th year of the Tom Malone Prize.

The Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected national event within the Australian glass arts community funded by AGWA Foundation Governor Elizabeth Malone. It has played an integral role in the Gallery's acquisition of works by Australia's most inspiring, innovative and accomplished artists in this medium.


Glass Artists Marc Leib and Kevin Gordon at the Tom Malone Prize Celebration

Glass Artists Marc Leib and Kevin Gordon at the Tom Malone Prize Celebration.


Japan Tour 2016

Continuing with the Director’s successful international tour program, in 2016 Dr Stefano Carboni led 24 Foundation members on a unique art tour to Japan. John McBride AM co-hosed the tour. John is a very generous donor and supporter and AGWA Foundation member who has visited, worked and/or lived in Japan for many years.

Highlights of the tour included a stay at the most famous Japanese inn on Miyajima Island near Hiroshima, as well as visits to the areas of Kyoto and Nara where group had special access to the main temples and art institutions.


Director, Dr Stefano Carboni with Foundation Member Bob Grieve on the Japan Tour

Director, Dr Stefano Carboni with Foundation Member Bob Grieve on the Japan Tour.


Foundation Preview Event 2015

Mariko Mori: Rebirth

Members joined renowned Japanese artist Mariko Mori on Saturday 7 February for a special preview event to celebrate the opening of Mori’s exhibition Rebirth.

Along with AGWA’s Curator of International Art Dr Robert Cook, Mori shared insight on her works with members in the exhibition space prior to the official opening party where she performed her work Oneness.


Mariko Mori performing Oneness

Artist Mariko Mori performs at the VIP opening night of Rebirth.


Foundation Preview Event 2014

Guy Grey-Smith: Art As Life
On Thursday 20 March Foundation Members were invited to a preview event for Guy Grey-Smith: Art As Life, where they experienced an exclusive exhibition viewing and insights from AGWA Curator of Historical Painting, Sculpture and Design, Melissa Harpley and major lender and Foundation Governor Janet Holmes à Court.


Foundation Preview Event

VIP opening night of guy Grey-Smith: Art as Life.


Istanbul Tour 2013

Following on from the successful tours to Venice and New York, a group of Foundation Members participated in a unique art tour to Istanbul.

Coinciding with Istanbul’s renowned Biennial, the tour consisted of one full day of visiting the best exhibits that the Biennial had to offer. AGWA Director, Stefano Carboni also led the group on a private cruise of the Bosphorus, the long strait that joins the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea and forms a natural border between Asia and Europe. Other highlights of the trip included historical world famous sights such as the Topkapi Palace Museum and the Blue Mosque, as well as much newer institutions such as the Istanbul Modern Museum.

These special travel experiences are open to Foundation Members at the level of Fellow and above.


Istanbul Tour 2013

Foundation Members on the 2013 Tour in Istanbul with Director, Stefano Carboni

Members viewing works by renowned Turkish Artist Ali Kazma

Members viewing works by renowned Turkish Artist Ali Kazma


Become a Life Member

Becoming a life member will provide you with a unique opportunity to play a significant and rewarding role in the continuing development of WA's cultural heritage.


The Contemporary Art Group

a small group of contemporary art enthusiasts who gather together to celebrate and share in the excitement of contemporary art (and culture) (visual art).


Foundation Council

Learn more about the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation Council.


Foundation Annual Report

Download current and past Foundation Annual reports.


Contact Details

If you would like to know more about any aspect of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation please contact the Foundation Manager. The Foundation would be pleased to discuss the many ways in which you may choose to become more involved with your Gallery.

Telephone: +61 8 9492 6761 or +61 9492 6685
Facsimile: +61 8 9492 6767



Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation 20th Anniversary




Art Gallery of Western Australia - Foundation 20th Anniversary



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