Giving stories

Bequest of Orde Poynton, AO, CMG

In 2001, Dr Orde Poynton (1906–2001) bequeathed over $13 million in perpetuity to the Gallery's Department of International Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books for the purpose of acquiring works of art. Orde Poynton had been a generous donor to the NGA since 1986 and his bequest has enabled the NGA to buy collections of exemplary works by modern masters, including William Morris, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Otto Dix, David Hockney, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol, as well as ukiyo-e woodblock prints by famous Japanese artists such as Hiroshige, Hokusai, Kunisada, Yoshitoshi and Shunsen.

In 1992, in recognition of his support, the NGA dedicated a gallery space for the display of international works on paper and named it the Orde Poynton Gallery. In 2001, Orde Poynton was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of his service to the arts, particularly as a benefactor to the NGA.

Gift and bequest of James Agapitos, OAM, and Ray Wilson, OAM

I am doing this in the hope that our example will encourage other supporters of the Gallery to follow suit and publicly demonstrate their faith in the future of this great, growing and exciting institution.
Ray Wilson OAM

Over fifteen years, Ray Wilson OAM, and James Agapitos OAM, assembled the largest and most important collection of Australian Surrealist art. In 2007, Ray Wilson and the late James Agapitos made a remarkably generous gift to the NGA, allowing the Gallery to acquire their extensive collection of 285 works. The acquisition was mostly gift and part purchase. The combined value of the collection is $6.6 million.
It was James and Ray's long-held dream to make their collection available to the nation. Their generosity and commitment to Australian art has helped shaped the NGA.

Shortly after the opening of the exhibition, Australian Surrealism: the Agapitos/Wilson collection , Ray announced he and James had arranged a joint bequest to the NGA of over $2 million.

Learn about the gift | Read Ray Wilson's speech (pdf)

Alan Boxer Bequest

The Alan Boxer Bequest is a story of generosity, passion and vision. It comprises key works by some of Australia's finest twentieth-century artists, including Roy de Maistre, Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, John Olsen, Charles Blackman and John Perceval. A dedicated and insightful collector, Alan Boxer (1927–2014) took a keen interest in developing the national collection, regularly visiting the off-site store before the building opened to the public in 1982. Following his retirement, he became a voluntary guide at the NGA, further deepening his understanding of mid twentieth-century Australian art, which comprises the majority of works in the bequest.

The NGA honours Alan Boxer as a passionate collector through the ongoing display, study and publication of his remarkably generous bequest.

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