The Art Gallery of NSW has made an enduring contribution to Australian culture for almost 150 years. While Macquarie’s support spans a fraction of that time, we have seen how the Gallery continually evolves its offering to reflect the changing arts landscape and better engage the public.
Having been involved with the Gallery in a number of initiatives since 2005, we jumped at the opportunity to support the Australian art collection and the breadth and depth of artistic talent it showcases.
We have learned much from the Gallery’s example and leadership in the development of our own collection. Established in 1987, the Macquarie Group Collection supports emerging artists by acquiring and displaying their works in Macquarie offices around the world. Part of the Macquarie Group Foundation, the Collection features more than 800 works around the theme The Land and its Psyche, reflecting the diversity of the Australian landscape as seen through the eyes of its artists.
Helen Burton, Macquarie Group Collection director, and Maud Page, Art Gallery of NSW deputy director and director of collections, discuss the evolution of Australian art and the modern-day gallery experience.