Next Collective

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.

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New Partnership

Aspiring philanthropists can now have their donations to AGWA Foundation’s Next Collective group matched until September 2021 thanks to the Minderoo Foundation. All donations from new and renewing Next Collective members are fully tax-deductible and will be matched by the Minderoo Foundation up to the value of $15,000. With the generous support of Minderoo Foundation, your donation towards AGWA’s Next Collective group is now guaranteed to have even greater impact.


The Next Collective’s chosen pitch for 2019 was a series of WA artist-led studio workshops for students. The first workshop was led by multi-disciplinary artist and UWA lecturer Andy Quilty, who focused on the notion of drawing as a dynamic process of risk-taking and continual discovery. Taking place at the Gallery, the workshops create much-needed space for students to encounter creative practice, allowing young people to gain invaluable insights from contemporary artists.

After being pitched three equally deserving proposals, the 2020 Next Collective members voted in favour of a new AGWA Foyer mural project by a First Nations artist, presented by AGWA's Artistic Director, Ian Strange. The Next Collective will fund the artist commission of the first mural. Ian Strange and Carly Lane, Curator of Indigenous Art, are already working on selecting their first artist.

Next Collective members receive:

  • Invitations to a number of exclusive Next Collective events each year, including the annual project pitch event
  • Invitations to select Foundation events each year, including exhibition previews and the annual end of year celebration
  • Acknowledgement in AGWA’s Annual Report
  • Bi-monthly What’s On at AGWA brochure delivered to their door
  • Access to AGNSW Atelier (NSW) and QAGOMA Future Collective (QLD) events when travelling interstate

Next Collective members at the Foundation level are also offered:

  • Life membership of the AGWA Foundation
  • Invitations to all Foundation events
  • Invitations to select AGWA official openings
  • Acknowledgement on the honour board
  • Tri-annual Foundation e-newsletter delivered to their inbox

Why join the Next Collective?

Get social

Attend a number of exclusive events each year where you can meet people who are like-minded and equally passionate about art and culture. You can also bring friends to Next Collective events to share the experiences that inspire you. There is a small fee to attend some events to cover catering costs and to ensure member contributions are fully tax-deductible and entirely directed toward the art.

Make connections

Be invited to a selection of AGWA Foundation events each year and mingle with the Gallery’s broader network of supporters. The AGWA Foundation comprises more than 500 generous philanthropists including some of Western Australia’s most influential business people.

Learn and grow

Broaden your knowledge, understanding and appreciation of art with access to artist talks, curator tours, and in-depth sessions on topics ranging from art collecting and conservation to new mediums of art.

Give wisely

Your minimum annual donation of $700 is fully tax deductible. For less than $60 a month, you'll join the next wave of arts philanthropists and start creating an impact. If you work for a company with a workplace giving program, you may be able to receive half your annual donation paid through a matching gift, or you may choose to amplify your impact by doubling your donation.

Shape the future

Be personally involved in the process of philanthropic decision-making. You’ll be invited to attend an annual event to vote on how your funds will be used, with options that may include supporting the acquisition of a contemporary artwork for the State Art Collection, the presentation of a cutting-edge exhibition, a crucial conservation effort, or an innovative public program or special event.

Make a difference

Maximise your philanthropic impact and create a long-lasting legacy by contributing to a pooled fund with a future focus. You'll play your part to ensure the benefit of art to our wellbeing, the way we express ourselves, and the way we relate to each other is enjoyed for generations to come.

Feel good

Express your values of creativity and contribution, all while experiencing that warm glow you get from giving to a cause you care about. Plus, participating in arts and cultural experiences is known to increase your overall happiness.

Start a lifelong journey

In your fifth year of continuous membership, you'll be invited to make a pledge to join the AGWA Foundation. Next Collective members at the Foundation level commit to this journey from the get-go. Foundation membership is for life and once it's been achieved members can continue their annual donation to the Next Collective to hold both memberships concurrently.

There are two levels of support and flexible payment options

Support Level Next Collective Member Foundation Level
Commitment $700 per year $5,000 over five years
Membership Type Annual Life membership of the Foundation and five - year membership of the Next Collective


Payment Options

Next Collective Members Next Collective Member Foundation Level
Annual $700
Monthly $58.34
Weekly $13.47


Next Collective Ambassadors

Tarryn Gill

Tarryn Gill

Tarryn Gill

Tarryn is a WA based multidisciplinary artist who makes artworks spanning the mediums of sculpture, photography, film, drawing, set/costume design and performance. Through her solo and collaborative practices, Tarryn has exhibited works and undertaken residency projects across Australia, in Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States. Notably, she has exhibited works in the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Magic Object; in the 17th  Biennial of Sydney; at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Art Gallery of Western Australia; the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane and Akademie der Künste, Berlin. In Australia, Tarryn’s works are held in numerous public and private collections nationally. She is represented by Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne.

Annabel Keogh

Annabel Keogh

Annabel Keogh

Annabel is a multi-skilled corporate affairs professional, with experience in strategy, policy, governance, stakeholder engagement, and issues management. She is also an experienced Board Member with over ten years work in the community and not-for-profit sector. Annabel is currently the Director of Strategy & Innovation at Impact Seed, and a Board Member at TEDxPerth, and is delighted to be joining the Next Collective.

Dr Andrew Lu OAM

Dr Andrew Lu OAM

Dr Andrew Lu OAM

Andrew is a lawyer who champions the Arts. He supports the cultural sector on the boards of the Australian Youth Orchestra, Arts Law Centre, National Gallery of Australia Foundation, and through strategic philanthropy. A partner of HBA Legal, he holds masters and doctoral degrees in law, is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and received the Order of Australia medal in 2008.

Ian Strange

Ian Strange

Ian Strange

Ian Strange is a New York-based, Western Australian artist who began his career as a graffiti artist before moving to New York and being mentored by legendary street artist Ron English. He is currently Guest Artistic Director at the Art Gallery of Australia.

Ian’s work sits in private and public collections including; the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Canterbury Museum, State Library Victoria, State Library of Queensland, NGA Research Library & Archives and the Asia Pacific Design Library.

Ian is best known for his ongoing series of suburban architectural interventions, film and photographic works subverting the archetypal domestic home. The work and exhibitions have been created in the USA (SUBURBAN, 2011-13), post-earthquake Christchurch, New Zealand (FINAL ACT, 2013), Western Australia and Victoria, Australia (SHADOW, 2015) (OPEN HOME, 2017), Katowice, Poland (ZŁOTY, 2016) and throughout Ohio’s rust-belt region, USA (ISLAND 2015-18).


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