AGWA Foundation

The Art Gallery of Western Australia holds one of Australia's finest art collections, including one of the most important Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collections in the country and the pre-eminent collection of Western Australian art. This is largely due to the generosity of AGWA Foundation supporters.

Since the Foundation’s inception in 1989, our generous supporters have led the way in providing consistent and vital funding for the art and artists of Western Australia. Over the past 30 years it has had an extraordinary impact, facilitating more than 80% of all acquisitions at AGWA.

Supporting the broadening knowledge, appreciation, and education of art, Foundation supporters provide impactful experiences and extraordinary moments for the community of Western Australia.

Be part of the next chapter of AGWA Foundation’s inspiring journey, as we enter a new phase of the Gallery’s development.

Donating to AGWA and effecting positive change in an area you’re passionate about is easier than you think. One hundred percent of your donation is invested in the area you specify, ensuring your gift makes a real impact where it matters most.

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Your contribution

Foundation supporters are acknowledged in the following ways:

• Patron $1,000,000 +
• Vice Patron $500,000 +
• Governor $100,000 +
• Benefactor $50,000 +
• Fellow $15,000 +

All donations to AGWA over $2 are tax deductible. Gifts of artworks accepted by the Gallery are also tax deductible under the Federal Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Acknowledgement and thanks

Foundation supporters are acknowledged each year on AGWA’s website, in the Gallery foyer, in our Annual Report, and within any campaign-specific marketing. Supporters who have contributed $50,000 or more to the AGWA Foundation will be honoured with lifetime recognition.

Donors may choose to be acknowledged anonymously if they prefer.

AGWA privately thanks all donors at the time a gift is received.

Your involvement

Foundation donors receive special access to AGWA through a range of communications and invitation-only events and experiences that are tailored to a donor’s interests and areas of support, reflective of the level of donation.

Areas to support

We invite you to direct your annual donation to the area that is the most important to you.


Enable AGWA to develop and preserve Western Australia’s State Art Collection. AGWA’s collection is continually developing with new acquisitions and commissions, offering insight into who we are today and who we aspire to be. Your contribution will also strengthen underrepresented areas within the AGWA Collection and enable us to commission new works by contemporary artists.

Donations of works of art can be made to the AGWA Collection. Please contact AGWA’s Foundation team for more information.

Gifts of works of art accepted by the Gallery are also tax deductible under the Federal Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Learning, Social Impact and Public Programs

Support AGWA to deliver programs that aim to break down barriers, create inclusive communities and cultivate the next generation of creative thinkers. Audience engagement at AGWA and online plays an essential role in deepening and broadening our visitor’s experiences, both within the Gallery and beyond.

Exhibition Development

Support all aspects of an exhibition at AGWA, from artwork logistics, new commissions, accompanying publications, public programs, and access initiatives. AGWA brings works of art from around Australia and the world, showcasing defining artists, periods, and collections, drawing on the rich diversity artists to inspire the community of Western Australia.


Create a legacy in written form through books, essays, and accessible publications. Authored by Western Australian arts writers and academics, publications allow for the dissemination of arts thinking and scholarly conversation, throughout Australia and the rest of the world.

Wherever the need is greatest

Make an immediate impact at AGWA by donating towards the Gallery’s priority area. Your gift may be directed towards proposed exhibitions and displays, specifically address an area of interest identified in AGWA’s strategic directions, or allow vital operational needs to be met, safeguarding AGWA for future generations.



AGWA Foundation Council

The Foundation Council works to continually develop and expand ways of giving at AGWA, through an ever-growing network of individuals, organisations, trusts and foundations, who are equally passionate about sharing exceptional art with the community of Western Australia.

Our Foundation Councillors are:

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
Paula Rogers Foundation Councillor
Colin Walker AGWA Director

On Saturday 27 August, the Gallery is open 10am-3pm only as we prepare for the AGWA Foundation Gala supporting women in the arts. Some exhibition access will be disrupted with two Tracks We Share ground floor galleries closed. AGWA Rooftop bar will be closed, reopening at 2pm Sunday. Details