Each year the Gallery Foundation Annual Giving Campaign raises funds to purchase or commission a significant artwork to strengthen the Gallery’s historical and contemporary collections that have a particular focus on the complex narratives of our special place in the world’s tropic zone and Asia Pacific region.
Since 2000, the Foundation has assisted the Gallery with the acquisition of more than twenty artworks with a combined value in excess of $750,000. In recent years the Annual Giving Campaign has supported our exhibition program and collection through the acquisition of a Fred Williams Weipa series gouache, a major painting by James Morrison titled Goodenough Bay 1959 (2016), and a commissioned Danie Mellor drawing.
The Foundation’s 2018 Annual Giving Campaign is raising funds to support the commissioning of a significant work by acclaimed Queensland artist, Tony Albert. Albert is a member of proppaNow, Queensland’s leading Indigenous arts collective, and he is represented in major public collections across Australia.
It is the passion and vision of all our donors and patrons that continues to make it possible for the Gallery to grow its Permanent Collection for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations.
Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible and every donation, no matter how large or small, is an important way of securing major works for the Gallery’s Collection as an enduring legacy for future generations.
As a donor you will be an important part of the creative process. Over the coming year you will receive regular updates about the commissioned work and invitations to exclusive events at the Gallery, including opportunities to meet the artist and attend the gala unveiling of the commissioned artwork.
Image: Tony Albert, Eyes in the Sky 2018, vintage playing cards, coasters and matchboxes on board. Cairns Art Gallery collection. Comissioned and donated through the Cairns Art Gallery Foundation, 2018.