The Art Gallery of Western Australia holds one of Australia's finest art collections, including one of the most important Indigenous collections in the country and the pre-eminent collection of Western Australian art. This is largely due to the generosity of donors and members of the Foundation.
The key role of the Foundation is to raise funds and encourage donations to assist the Gallery in acquiring works to the State Art Collection. The Foundation also aims to broaden the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of art in the community and assists with the Art Gallery's education remit. While the focus of the Foundation has been to build the Collection, and will continue to fill that vital role, gifts via the Foundation also enhance visitor experiences through outstanding programming, conservation of works of art, and exhibitions drawn from the State Art Collection and around the world.
The Foundation provides an opportunity for art lovers and people interested in building a creative environment to provide their support, both financial and in-kind, and in turn experience the Gallery with the Director, Curators, visiting artists and the Volunteer Gallery Guides. This mutually nurturing and supportive environment helps build the State Art Collection while enhancing the cultural wellbeing of the Western Australian community.
This ability to acquire works has a profound impact not only on the Collection but also on the vitality of the cultural sector in Western Australia. Since 2008 the Foundation’s TomorrowFund has enabled the acquisition of 417 new works for the State Art Collection, and that number will continue to grow.
The TomorrowFund is significantly enriching the State Collection’s holding of contemporary art by quality, breadth, and number, and in turn, enriching the experiences of Western Australians and visitors to the state by providing outstanding works of art by the country’s and world’s finest contemporary artists.
A life membership with the Foundation represents a unique opportunity for you to secure a close, prominent, rewarding and long-term relationship with the Art Gallery as it continues to develop. At the same time, your contribution will benefit future generations of Western Australians.
Our Foundation members are people from all walks of life who enjoy the varied and interesting calendar of events offered to members throughout the year. From time to time the Foundation will also carry out major fundraising campaigns for specific projects or to purchase a specific work of art. If you would like to support the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation you can direct your gift toward a number of different funds.
Foundation Membership Levels
Life membership of the Foundation is available to individual donors at six different levels of contribution as outlined below. Contributions may be made over a period of up to five years.
Member not less than $5,000
Fellow not less than $15,000
Benefactor not less than $50,000
Governor not less than $100,000
Vice Patron not less than $500,000
Patron not less than $1,000,000
Tax Deductions and Incentives
All donations of cash to the Foundation are tax deductible. Gifts of works of art accepted by the Gallery are also tax deductible under the Federal Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
2018 has already proved to be an exciting year for Foundation members. This year we've upped the ante, making sure members are offered even more exciting premium events and activities that can't be experienced anywhere else.
Warwick Hemsley served as Managing Director of Peet Limited for 17 years and was a Director of the company from 1985 to 2011. He is Chairman of Hemsley Paterson Valuers and Property Consultants. After graduating from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce, he commenced his professional career with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and subsequently moved into the property development industry and gained his formal property qualifications.
Warwick is a past President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA Division), and a past President of the Western Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He currently is a member of the Curtin Business School Advisory Board.
Warwick’s commitment to community, and in particular the Arts, was recognised in 2016 when he won the West Australian of the Year Arts and Culture Award. A sample of Warwick’s involvement in Arts organisations includes as past chairman of the Chamber of Arts and Culture of WA, council member of the National Gallery of Australia and chairman of their Finance Risk Management and Audit Committee, and past chairman of WA Opera. Warwick is a Life Governor of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation, and a Life Member of WA Opera.
Warwick is a former member of the Cultural Chairs Group of WA, and a member of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group. He is co-chairman of the Anglicare Winter Appeal Committee, and a Member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust National Board and Investment and Audit Committee. Married to the former Federal Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke, Warwick has 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren.
John is a founding Director of Primewest, a national property investment business, and has been instrumental in its growth and development. His background spans law, investment banking, as well as property investment and development. He holds degrees in Law and Commerce from The University of Western Australia and is a Corporate Member of the Property Council. He is Chairman of The Fathering Project, a not-for-profit organisation focusing on the importance of a father figure in children’s lives, and a non-Executive Director of ASX listed Fleetwood Limited. John has been passionate about the arts, in particular the work of Western Australians, since acquiring his first artwork (by Leon Pericles) at the age of 21.
Sandy has many years of experience fund-raising and organising community based philanthropic events and art exhibitions, including curating the most recent Art in Bloom at AGWA. She is the co-founder and current co-chair of the White Swans, an innovative and highly successful private giving circle at the Black Swan State Theatre Company. She is also actively involved in fundraising for WAAPA and the Kimberley Rock Art Foundation. Sandy is passionate about making Western Australia a centre for creativity by developing and driving the growing enthusiasm for the arts in WA.
Alexandrea is a lawyer who holds degrees in law and art history and has also spent time as a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School researching legal issues affecting the visual arts and museum administration. She has over 20 years' experience working both within firms and for companies advising on commercial and board governance issues.
Kate Parker works at the forefront of place creation and activation at element. Kate has particular expertise in the field of public art strategy and procurement, cultural infrastructure development and management, founded during her time with not-for-profit arts organisation FORM where she delivered a range of projects including Claremont’s The Goods Shed as well as iconic art for some of Perth’s premier urban projects.
She has a unique interest in curating place solutions from the ground up, working to conceptualise and deliver creative and cutting-edge outcomes, transforming underutilised places into bespoke destinations.
Kate holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental design from the University of Western Australia and has a background in writing for coveted design publications Dezeen and Fabric Quarterly.
Kate’s interest in the value of arts and culture in place and city building has led to her involvement with AGWA’s Next Collective.
Dr Andrew Lu a partner of HBA Legal where he leads the health industry practice and helps doctors, hospitals and aged care facilities to manage legal and commercial risks. He actively supports the cultural sector on the boards of the Australian Youth Orchestra, Arts Law Centre of Australia, National Gallery of Australia Foundation, and by commissioning work from living artists. Andrew holds masters and doctoral degrees in law, is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, and received the Order of Australia medal in 2008. He is a Benefactor of the AGWA Foundation, and a Next Collective Ambassador.a
David is Co-Founder and Director of Alder & Partners Private Wealth Management. Continuing the family tradition (sixth generation) of providing financial advisory and investment management services to private clients, not for profit entities, and corporate clients, he has been employed in the Australian securities industry since 2001.
He is a Certified Financial Planner and holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Diploma of Financial Planning, and Diploma of Arts (Furniture Design).
David is Co-Chairman of the Western Australian Anglicare Winter Appeal Committee which raises funds to assist people to cope with the challenges of life and relationships.
He is a Fellow of the AGWA Foundation and is married with two children.