Help shape the future of the NGA

When you support the NGA all Australians benefit. No matter how large or small, every gift helps us to build our collections, and to present world-class exhibitions onsite, online and in venues across Australia and around the world.

With your help, we can create new education programs, new positions and invest in creative ways of engaging and giving voice to all members of our community.

We are grateful to our generous donors who encourage and enable us to be the best that we can be, now and for the many generations to come.

Current appeals

Through our annual giving campaigns, you can make a direct contribution to the development of Australia's national art collection by helping the NGA to acquire major works of art that enrich the lives of all Australians, now and into the future.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible, and donations of $1000 or more entitle you to become a life-long member of the Foundation.

Members acquisition fund 2019

Landstory 2018 is an immense nine-panel photographic work by contemporary Australian artist Danie Mellor, and arguably one of his finest to date. The work reimagines the Australian landscape and history, intertwining past and present to show the continual presence of Aboriginal people and their timeless connection to the natural environment. Mellor captures the dense rainforest of far north Queensland and the underlying sense of unease beneath the lush flora and fauna, creating a new way of seeing ownership and occupation within the Australian landscape.

Mellor was born in Mackay in 1971 and is from the Mamu, Ngagen and Ngajan peoples whose Country lies in the Atherton Tablelands. His practice is critically linked to cultural histories and concepts of the landscape, particularly his Country. He employs a variety of techniques, encompassing sculpture, installation, photography, drawing and printmaking.

For Landstory, he used infrared technology and skilfully combined his own photographs of the Queensland rainforests with archival imagery from artists such as the late colonial photographer Alfred Atkinson, who documented the people and landscape of north Queensland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Image caption: Danie Mellor (Mamu/Ngadjon peoples), Landstory 2018, Diasec-mounted chromogenic print on metallic photographic paper, 9 panels, image courtesy the artist and Tolarno Galleries

Given the significance of the work and its genuine place as a masterpiece that belongs in Australia’s national collection, we are extending the campaign to provide a greater number of National Gallery supporters with the opportunity to contribute to this acquisition. We invite you to build on the legacy of the Members Acquisition Fund by donating to this rich and striking work by one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists.

For more information on the Members Acquisition Fund 2019 click here (145kb pdf).

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Robert and Eugenie Bell decorative arts and design fund

This dedicated fund for the acquisition of 20th and 21st century decorative arts, design and crafts has been established to honour the legacy of Dr Robert Bell AM and to acknowledge the passion and commitment of Robert and Eugenie Bell to the field.

Mel Douglas, Liminal 2018, kiln formed cold worked and engraved glass, image courtesy of David Paterson.

Dr Robert Bell AM was the Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the National Gallery of Australia from 2000 until his retirement in 2017. Over this period Robert dedicated his expertise to shaping the NGA’s internationally renowned decorative arts and design collection, which includes 12,000 works of contemporary and historic ceramics, glass, textiles, metalwork, jewellery, furniture, industrial design, costume and theatre arts from Australia and around the world.

This fund was seeded by Robert and Eugenie Bell and contributions are welcome from anyone who wishes to support the development of the National Gallery of Australia’s decorative arts and design collection. Donations are fully tax deductible and will be used for the express purpose of acquiring works of decorative art, design and craft for the national collection.

The inaugural acquisition is Liminal 2018 by contemporary artist Mel Douglas who works primarily in glass. Mel creates serene objects that resonate with her meditative mark-making.

Drawing on the surface of glass, she says:

I am using line to inform, define and enable three-dimensional space.

This perfect pair of light and dark vessels seems to have been drawn into being. It is a significant work of art that will enhance the National Gallery’s collection and celebrate the contribution of Robert Bell through the generosity of those who share his passion for decorative arts and design.

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Make a gift

Your generosity supports the acquisition of works of art, and helps to provide programs that promote the visual arts and inspire visitors throughout Australia and the world.

Help us through your generous donation of cash, works of art or shares and securities.

Make a bequest

Bequests to the NGA strengthen and develop the national art collection, and stand as a lasting tribute to the kindness and vision of our benefactors. Make a commitment to the future of the NGA by including the Gallery in your Will.

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Giving stories

Donors to the NGA make a lasting contribution to the Gallery and we are grateful for their generosity, vision and passion for the visual arts. Here are some inspiring insights into previous gifts and bequests.

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For more information about the Foundation or to discuss your bequest options, please contact:

Maryanne Voyazis
Head of Development and
Executive Director, NGA Foundation
phone +61 2 6240 6691

AFNGA American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia