Students from Hilltop Road Public School, Merrylands visit the Art Gallery of NSW for Art Pathways
The Art Gallery of NSW delivers a vast range of important projects and resources that support our art collection and the community that engages with it across all ages, cultures, interests and abilities.
Many of these projects begin as donor initiatives and develop and grow through larger grants from philanthropic trusts and foundations or government agencies.
We are very appreciative of the grants we received in 2018.
The Crown Resorts Foundation and Packer Family Foundation
The Crown Resorts Foundation and the Packer Family Foundation’s visionary grants supported strategic projects and development gallery-wide, including the exhibition John Russell: Australia’s French impressionist.
The Foundations also continue to support the Art Pathways program, now in its fourth year. This program works with teachers to provide customised education programs for Western Sydney school students. The students are introduced to the Gallery’s resources to help inspire a lifelong connection with art.
The Pohl Foundation
Major support from the Pohl Foundation has enabled conservation of The five senses 1670s by Carlo Cignani and workshop, the only 17th-century northern Italian painting in the Gallery’s collection.
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation
The Hong Kong-based foundation has supported the realisation of vibrant programs associated with Gallery’s upcoming major exhibition Heaven and earth in Chinese art: treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei.
The Balnaves Foundation
The Balnaves Foundation supported the creation of the Australian Sculpture Archive, that was launched online in December. This rare resource, capturing interviews with significant Australian sculptors and artists, can be viewed at artgallery.nsw.gov.au/research/archives/interviews/
The Foundation is also a key contributor to the Edmund Capon Fellowship, along with several distinguished individual donors, supporting focused staff exchanges with Asian museums. In 2018, Dr Vandana Sinha, director, Center for Art and Archaeology, American Institute of Indian Studies, a specialist in digital heritage, engaged with the Gallery’s curatorial department and archives. Dr Natalie Seiz, curator of Asian art, researched overseas collections and curatorial approaches.
Campbell Edwards Trust
Increased support from the Trust has enabled the Djamu project to continue and extend its reach. Djamu engages Indigenous students with art collections and resources to inspire vocational pathways in the arts, and now engages an assistant Indigenous programs producer.
Gordon Darling Foundation
A Darling Travel Grant enabled Asti Sherring, time-based art conservator, and Lisa Catt, assistant curator, international art, to present our progressive time-based art collection management practices in the United States and forge networks for future engagement and sector development in Australia.
The Keir Foundation
The Keir Foundation supported a commission by First Nations choreographer Amrita Hepi for The National 2019: new Australian art. The original performative work, the tender, will engage diverse dancers with skipping rope routines.
Australia-China Council Grant
An entity of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australia-China Council has provided a grant for programs and artists associated with the Gallery’s collaborative exhibition with the National Palace Museum, Taipei.
City of Sydney Community Services Grant
The Gallery has completed the first of a two-year skills development project, RAW, for disengaged youth from Woolloomooloo in partnership with Artspace and Save the Children. Enabled by a City of Sydney Community Services grant, it builds local creative community engagement with the Gallery.
Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund
The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund enabled the Gallery to develop new digital resources to support the HOME: Aboriginal art in NSW project, to stimulate fresh engagement by artists, schools and communities with local Aboriginal art practices throughout New South Wales.
NSW Department of Industry
A Conference Sponsorship Program grant from the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer supported the hosting of a very successful 13th International Conference of the Infrared and Raman Users Group (IRUG) 2018 at the Gallery, building strategic international engagement.