Next Collective members support a specific project, selected on an annual basis at the Next Collective Project Pitch event.
AGWA presents three pitches for the members to choose from, for projects that can only be made possible with the support of the Next Collective. Dynamic projects can include new acquisitions, an education program or an exhibition.
2022 – 2023 Next Collective Pitch Night scheduled for September 2022.
2021 – 2022 In 2022 a series of free workshops will be hosted for Aboriginal artists to impart new and invaluable skills in areas of arts administration such as arts law, copyright, and more.
2020–2021 AGWA’s first ever foyer mural wall by Emerging Australian First Nations artist Tyrown Waigana.
2019–2020 Artist-led creative learning project for independent artists and school children with celebrated Australian artist Andy Quilty.
Aspiring philanthropists can now have their donations to AGWA Foundation’s Next Collective group matched 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.
What you get
• AGWA Foyer Honour Board
• Annual Report
• Foundation Financial Report
• Quarterly Giving E-news
• Private group chat
• Annual Pitch Night
• EOY Thank You event
• Selected exhibition openings
• Annual Donor Survey & Donor Impact Report
It is an important opportunity for young people to get involved in the direction of where the gallery is going.
You will develop a meaningful relationship with the State Art Gallery, contribute to tangible outcomes and create positive impact for artists, audiences and the wider community.
• Shape the future
• Make a difference
• Learn and grow
• Give wisely
• Make connections
Join a community of young philanthropists whose passion, commitment and generosity to the arts helps us to create bold new projects that enrich the Western Australian community and support artistic potential.
Minali Gamage and Joshua Walters are passionate Next Collective members, who both firmly believe in and encourage youth philanthropy, but who have come to their appreciation of the Gallery from vastly differing backgrounds.
Minali, a business professional now working in the Mining sector, started visiting AGWA as a small child with her parents and as part of school groups. Joshua became engaged later, as an adult, after attending his first Art Ball – something he describes as ‘uniquely Perth’ – our equivalent of New York’s famous Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Minali says her Next Collective membership has opened up opportunities to engage one-on-one with AGWA Director, Colin Walker and Guest Artistic Director, Ian Strange, as well as some of the curatorial and AGWA Learning staff. This has given her a much stronger appreciation of the role of the Gallery in the community and the way it actually works behind the scenes. She cares deeply about the sustainability of the arts, particularly the engagement of younger people, and uses her Perth.Art.Seeker Instagram account to share Agency Performance news about the Perth arts scene and connect artists, galleries and audiences of art appreciators and collectors.
On the other hand Joshua, a ‘tech specialist’ turned artist, talks about his exhibition experiences – particularly the opportunity to see the 2012–2013 series of exhibitions of works on loan from MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art, New York). Other exhibitions which captured his imagination have been the Rebels, Radicals and Pathfinders series (2018), Desert River Sea (2019), the annual portrait show The Lester Prize and the youth art exhibition Pulse Perspectives. A regular (and without doubt the youngest) attendee at the Foundation’s monthly Picture Club events, Joshua says he values the format which, thanks to the Voluntary Gallery Guides who lead the group, gives him the opportunity to engage with, and gain an indepth appreciation of the detail behind, the works of art on display, and to bounce ideas off the other participants.
Both Minali and Joshua agree that they feel privileged to be able to influence, in a small way, the Gallery’s direction, through Next Collective members’ annual pitch events, which to date have resulted in artist-led workshops delivered to schools, and funded the First Nations mural to be unveiled in the foyer at the end of 2021.
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Natasha Di Biase
Elizabeth Le Breton
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