Detail: Rupert BUNNY :: A summer morning :: 1897,  Paris ::  M.J.M. Carter AO Collection through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2009

The Foundation

The Foundation is the Gallery’s major benefaction group.

Through the Foundation you can assist in the acquisition of major works of art for the Art Gallery of South Australia’s collections.

Ninety percent of the Gallery’s outstanding collection is the result of private giving. The Foundation plays a vital role in this regard, raising funds and encouraging gifts of cash, works of art and bequests to continue this great philanthropic tradition for the benefit of all our visitors now and in the future.

Since 1981 the Foundation has added hundreds of important works with a combined value over $100 million to the Gallery’s collections, and many of these works remain on permanent display today.


Join the Foundation and receive all Membership benefits plus:

> Your name on the Donors' Board in the Gallery Vestibule
> Invitations to all exhibition opening nights
> Invitations to exclusive Foundation events including unveilings and fundraising dinners
> Acknowledgement of your support in the Foundation Annual Report
> All donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible**

**Based on ATO guidelines Foundation Membership is tax deductible (except for a $60 non-tax-deductible annual membership fee).

Click here to download the Foundation membership form.

To join or for more information, please telephone the Foundation Office on 08 8207 7040 or  email  


Your gift at any level makes you a valued donor. Donate now and assist with the acquisition of major works of art for the Art Gallery of South Australia's collections.

Gifts of significant works of art can also be made to the Art Gallery Foundation, either directly or through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. The Cultural Gifts Program provides tax incentives to encourage gifts of culturally significant items from private collections to Australia’s public art galleries, museums, libraries and archives.s, museums, libraries and archives.

Visit the Cultural Gifts Program website.

Have you considered leaving a legacy to the Art Gallery of South Australia?
We welcome all bequests as they greatly support our State Gallery. There are no membership or administration fees associated with bequests.

Forms of bequests include gifts of cash, whole or percentage of an estate, works of art, real estate, or shares. The Art Gallery of South Australia recommends that bequest donors seek professional advice in arranging a bequest. If you are considering leaving a work of art to the Gallery, we encourage you to contact the Foundation, as the Gallery acquires works of art in line with its acquisitions policy.

Any donor indicating a bequest to the Art Gallery of South Australia is granted immediate membership of the Foundation at a specific level depending on the value of the bequest. The Gallery appreciates the opportunity to acknowledge bequest donors during their lifetime.

To be recognised as a bequest donor, you simply need to let us know that you have remembered the Art Gallery of South Australia in your will. You can do this in one of the following ways:

> notify us in writing of your intention to make a bequest
> send us a copy of the relevant section of your will
> send us a letter of confirmation from your solicitor

Suggested wording for a bequest to the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation can be found here.

Bequests to the Art Gallery of South Australia are managed through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation. For more information on leaving a bequest to the Art Gallery of South Australia email or telephone the Foundation 08 8207 7040. 


The Collectors Club is an innovative way for donors to be active in the acquisition process, and is available to all Foundation Members for an additional annual contribution of $6000 which is fully tax deductible.

The Collectors Club Members meet once a year for an extraordinary and exclusive dinner at the Gallery, hosted by the Director and Foundation Chairman. Throughout the night, Members are presented with a wide range of works for potential purchase, encompassing all collection areas of the Gallery. Curators vigorously debate the merits of each work, before Members vote on those they would most like to see enter the Gallery’s collection.

The next Collectors Club dinner date will be released in 2019.

Each Member will then be personally acknowledged as a donor of their favoured work of art selected for purchase. Their name will appear permanently on the display label and credit line for the work and wherever the work is reproduced.

Membership may be for only a year, or on an ongoing basis. All funds given by the donor will also be credited to their current Foundation membership, which may enable the donor to be upgraded to the next higher level of Foundation membership.

Joining the Collectors Club is a wonderful opportunity to play a part in building the Art Gallery’s collection, through making a gift which will bear your name in perpetuity.

Enquire about joining the Collectors Club by emailing or telephoning the Foundation office on 08 8207 7040.

Detail: Rupert Bunny, Australia, 1864-1947, A summer morning, 1897, Paris, oil on canvas, 97.9 x 129.5cm (sight), M.J.M. Carter AO Collection through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2009, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

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