We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of New South Wales stands.

Annual giving and the Foundation

Cy Twombly, Three studies from the Temeraire (detail)  1998—1999

Cy Twombly, Three studies from the Temeraire (detail) 1998—1999 © Cy Twombly Foundation, courtesy Gagosian Gallery, London

Our museum of art must be a place of experience and inspiration, and at the heart of that lies our collection. The Foundation provides lifeblood to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in supporting this core role of building our collection by acquiring exceptional works of art for our public to study and enjoy
Michael Brand, Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Gallery donors play a vital role supporting the acquisition of artworks for our enormously rich and varied collection – the heart of our Gallery.

We invite you to join our annual giving program. Donors who give more than $7,200 over four years become patrons of the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation, and enjoy a close connection to the Gallery. Direct your tax-deductible donation to the main acquisition fund or to a particular area, from Aboriginal or Asian art to conservation or public programs.

  • How to join

    You can join/begin as a patron for four years by committing to a tax deductible donation starting from: $1800 per year. This can be paid in one $7200 lump sum for the full four years or by instalments of $1800 per annum. This can also be paid in quarterly instalments over the four year period.

    You can also join the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation, the Gallery’s major acquisition fund and the umbrella philanthropic organisation for all the Gallery benefactor groups and funds. You can join as a patron for four years by committing to a tax-deductible donation starting from $7,200. This can be paid by one lump sum of $7,200 for the four years OR by annual instalments of a minimum average of $1,800 per annum over the four-year period.

  • Higher levels of support

    There are a number of higher levels of support available. You can also join the Foundation by gifting works to the Gallery valued at over $10,000 (subject to curatorial approval) or by pledging a bequest of $100,000 or more: see Donate artwork and Leave a gift in your will. Honorary membership is commensurate with the level of support.

    Levels of support:

    • Patron: $7200-$20,000 in a four-year period

    • Donor: $20,000-$50,000 in a five-year period

    • Fellow: $50,000-$100,000 in a ten-year period

    • Governor: $100,000-$500,000, period negotiable

    • Benefactor: $500,000-$1 million, period negotiable

    • Gold Benefactor: $1 million – $5 million, period negotiable

    • Life Benefactor: $5 million or more, period negotiable

  • Acknowledgement

    While you are a contributing patron, you are entitled to have your name listed on the Foundation honour board and will be invited to a tailored program of events, including:

    • private viewings of major exhibitions, with an introduction by the director or curator

    • exhibition openings

    • behind-the-scenes tours

    • 'in conversation’ tours with curators

    • interstate and overseas art-focused travel to galleries and private collections

    Each support area has events that are additional to the Foundation’s core program.

Areas of support

You can choose to direct part of your donation to one of our art acquisition funds or to specific programs, research or projects.