AGWA 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 to the AGWA Foundation.

A 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 remit. Gifts via the Foundation also enhance visitor experiences through outstanding programming, conservation of works of art, and exhibitions drawn from the State Art Collection and around the world.

The Foundation provides an opportunity for art lovers and people interested in building a creative environment to provide their support, both financial and in-kind, and in turn experience the Gallery with the Director, Curators, visiting artists and the Volunteer Gallery Guides. This mutually nurturing and supportive environment helps build the State Art Collection while enhancing the cultural wellbeing of the Western Australian community.

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The Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation is a tax-deductible gift recipient under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Gifts may be directed to the following areas:

• Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art
• Contemporary Art
• Emerging Artists
• Education and Public Programs
• Exhibition Development
• Wherever the need is greatest

Donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible. Gifts of works of art are also tax deductible under the Federal Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

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Annual Appeal 2021

The AGWA Foundation 2021 Annual Appeal raised funds to support our landmark program Creative Encounters: Arts & Dementia at AGWA. This Gallery based program, developed in collaboration with dementia support services, will bring people living with dementia and their carers to the fore, and highlight the important role of the arts for wellbeing.

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Arts Stimulus Package
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a drastic economic impact on WA’s arts and culture sector. To help support its recovery, the AGWA Foundation has funded a sector-leading stimulus package of up to $1.5 million for Western Australian artists. The new initiative will provide support for living West Australian artists represented in the State Art Collection and Aboriginal art centres across the State.

This is an unprecedented action by the AGWA Foundation, made possible through the generous support of Foundation Members. It will not only assist a sector facing real difficulties due to COVID-19, but through a targeted acquisition program and the creation of an online archive, it will also greatly enrich the Collection for the long-term benefit of all Western Australians.

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This ability to acquire works has a profound impact not only on the Collection but also on the vitality of the cultural sector in Western Australia. Since 2008 the Foundation’s TomorrowFund has enabled the acquisition of 417 new works for the State Art Collection, and that number will continue to grow.

The TomorrowFund is significantly enriching the State Collection’s holding of contemporary art by quality, breadth, and number, and in turn, enriching the experiences of Western Australians and visitors to the state by providing outstanding works of art by the country’s and world’s finest contemporary artists.

AGWA Foundation

Making a gift to the Foundation represents a unique opportunity for you to secure a close, prominent and rewarding relationship with AGWA as we continue to grow and develop. At the same time, your contribution will benefit future generations of Western Australians.

Our Foundation donors are people from all walks of life who enjoy interactions with AGWA throughout the year. From time to time the Foundation will also carry out major fundraising campaigns for specific projects or to purchase a specific work of art. If you would like to support the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation you can direct your gift toward several different funds.

Foundation Recognition
Foundation donors are currently acknowledged in the following manner.

  • Member not less than $5,000
  • Fellow not less than $15,000
  • Benefactor not less than $50,000
  • Governor not less than $100,000
  • Vice Patron not less than $500,000
  • Patron not less than $1,000,000

Tax Deductions and Incentives
All donations of cash to the Foundation are tax deductible. Gifts of works of art accepted by the Gallery are also tax deductible under the Federal Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

AGWA Foundation Council

The role of the Foundation Council is to develop and continually expand a network of individuals and organisations to support income development for the Foundation.

Paul Chamberlain  AGWA Foundation Council Chair
Janet Holmes à Court AC  AGWA Board Chairman
David Alder  Foundation Councillor
Linda Bond  Foundation Councillor
Sarah D’Onofrio  Simon Lee Foundation Trustee
Michela Fini  Foundation Councillor
Orion Lee  Simon Lee Foundation Trustee
Andrew Lu AM  Foundation Councillor
Colin Walker  AGWA Director
Giulia Oliveri  Next Collective Representative

AGWA is closed until 16 October for a final stage of redevelopment works. Details