Decorative Arts & Design
The Gallery’s Decorative Arts and Design acquisition policy is to develop the existing collections, and to especially seek out works of art that are of national significance. The aim of the national collection is to be representative of artistic expression across a range of different regions, styles, media and themes. Over the past 20 years the Gallery has received important donations of works of art, as well as special-purpose financial contributions and bequests, that have enriched the collection and transformed the institution’s capacity to acquire works in collection areas now well recognised for their quality and depth.
The Foundation, a company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Law, is a non-profit organisation established to support the Gallery. Founded by the Council to raise corporate and private funding, the Foundation supports the growth of the national collection and exhibitions.
The Fund provides donors with a highly accessible avenue for contribution to the collection areas that most interest them. With the support and involvement of curators, donors have the opportunity to engage with the Gallery on a stimulating and rewarding journey through playing an active part in building the national collection. The Fund endeavours to match the benefactor’s particular area of interest with a proposed purchase. Where possible, benefactors are encouraged to become involved in the process of acquiring and commissioning works of art to make the experience all the more rewarding.
The acquisition of major works not only develops the collection but is linked with major projects, such as Transformations: the language of craft , a survey exhibition of contemporary Australian and international craft staged in 2005.
For details on how to support the Decorative Arts and Design Collection at the National Gallery of Australia please contact firstname.lastname@example.org , phone +61 2 6240 6529, fax +61 2 6240 6410 or write to:
National Gallery of Australia
GPO Box 1150
Canberra ACT 2601