Aboriginal Collection Benefactors

The Yiribana Gallery at the Art Gallery of NSW is one of the world’s largest spaces dedicated to the permanent display of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

The Gallery’s collection of Indigenous Australian art is also one of the broadest in the country.

Begun in the 1950s, it is renowned for bark paintings from Arnhem Land, many of which were donated by Dr Stuart Scougall in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Over the years there have been other significant donors, including Emeritus Professor Harry Messel.

Almost one-third of the works acquired for the collection since 1992 have been through the generosity of Mollie Gowing, who supported an acquisition fund for contemporary Aboriginal art.

As the work of contemporary Indigenous artists becomes more sought after and important early art in private collections is released, the ACB plays an increasingly vital role in helping the Gallery enrich this significant collection. Recent ACB-funded acquisitions include paintings by Fred Ward Tjungurrayi and Mabel Juli, a video work by Michael Riley and Destiny Deacon and prints by Jean Baptiste Apuatimi.

During the year, the ACB organises various activities for members, including curator-led tours of the Gallery’s Indigenous art exhibitions.

Give your support

The first step is to join the Foundation (see right).