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American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation


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In the early 1980s L. Gordon Darling AC approached a small number of prominent Americans in New York who had links and friendships with Australians. He sought their help to support and enrich the National Gallery’s collection of art. The result was the creation of the American Friends of the Australian National Gallery (AFNGA).

Today, AFNGA continues to play an important role in securing gifts of works of art for the National Collection. It is a registered charitable foundation in the US and gifts may be made to AFNGA to achieve tax deductibility in the USA.

Mission Statement:

The purposes for which the Corporation is organized  are to engage exclusively in charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c) 3  of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

Such purposes include but are not limited to:

  1. Fostering the visual arts in the United States and Australia by soliciting and collecting funds and contributions and to receive by gift, deed, legacy, bequest or devise, or otherwise to acquire money or property of every kind and description, and to administer the same, both as to principal and income, to make contributions from such principal and income toward the charitable and educational purposes of the National Gallery of Australia or other nonprofit, tax exempt visual arts organization in the United States or elsewhere, in the sole and absolute discretion of the board of directors of this corporation; and
  2. Awarding grants to the National Gallery of Australia or other institutions in the United States and Australia or elsewhere for development and encouragement of the visual arts and for fostering the cultural exchange of art and artists between the United States, Australian, or other institutions, to promote the visual arts for the benefit of the people of the United States and Australia, all of the foregoing as may be in the sole and absolute discretion of the board of directors of this Corporation.

The American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia (AFNGA) operates out of the American Australian Association. They have a range of cultural and artistic events throughout the year.

Should you wish to make a bequest, a tax deductible donation or gift of works of art through AFNGA, please contact:

  • Jill Viola (Administrator)
    American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia, Inc.
    c/o American Australian Association
    50 Broadway, Suite 2003, New York, 10004-3813
    United States
    phone: +1 212 338 6863
    Fax: +1 212 338 6864
  • Maryanne Voyazis
    Executive Director
    National Gallery of Australia Foundation
    GPO Box 1150, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia
    phone +61 2 6240 6691

Officers of AFNGA, New York:

  • Chairman:   Philip L. Colbran
  • President:   Geoffrey Pack
  • Secretary:   Helen I. Jessup
  • Treasurer:   Edward O. Cabot

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AUSART Fellowship Scholar:
Aaron Cooper

The American Australian Association with the American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia (AFNGA) is appointing Mr. Aaron Cooper the 2014 AUSART Fellow. The Fellowship elicited keen interest from a highly competitive pool of applicants from top Australian visual artists and curators.

Aaron Cooper is a contemporary artist undertaking a Masters of Fine Art at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York. Working across sculpture, installation and photography – his practice investigates social, spatial and urban conditions from intersections of art and architecture. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts/University of Melbourne and has received recognition from the Australia Council for the Arts, Bill Perrin Sculpture Foundry Prize, Ironside Studios Award and Victoria Harbour Young Artists Initiative.

In his current research, Aaron maintains an interest in contiguous border systems, the interplay of visuality and space, and the varying structures that regulate built territories.

Annual Donors’ Weekend

In mid-March, Geoff Pack, the AFNGA President, travelled to Canberra to attend the Annual Donors’ Weekend hosted by the National Gallery of Australia.  The weekend is always an extra-ordinary event with guests from all around Australia attending.   Activities this year included gallery talks by the NGA’s curators, a private viewing of the attendance record-breaking “Gold and the Incas” exhibition, the very elegant Gala dinner in the Gandel Hall, and a breakfast at the Peruvian Ambassador’s residence. 

Geoff was also able to attend the NGA Foundation Board Meeting with Lee Edwards, who so ably and enthusiastically represents AFNGAI on the Foundation Board.

At the dinner Geoff presented a $209,000 check on behalf of AFNGAI to the Chairman of the NGA Foundation, John Hindmarsh (see photo).  The donation was made possible thanks to generous support of Kenneth and Marabeth Tyler and The Wolfensohn Family Foundation.