What we do

 

The American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, whose mission is to foster the visual arts in, and cultural exchanges between, the United States and Australia, creating closer ties between the two countries.

AFNGA also works to secure gifts of landmark works of art and contributions in order to support the exhibition and educational programs of Australian public museums and galleries, and for the cultural enrichment of thousands of people who view them each year.

Since 2012, AFNGA has co-sponsored the AusArt Fellowship for Australian visual arts students undertaking study or research in the United States.

Each year, AFNGA gathers artists, collectors and art enthusiasts for an exciting program of American and Australian art experiences. 

As an independent charitable organization gifts may be made to AFNGA to achieve tax deductibility in the United States. 

 International Art Galleries, National Gallery of Australia, 2015. Image courtesy and © of the National Gallery of Australia.

International Art Galleries, National Gallery of Australia, 2015. Image courtesy and © of the National Gallery of Australia.

 

Our story

The American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia was established in 1983 by L. Gordon Darling AC, CMG, with the help of a small number of prominent New Yorkers who had links with Australia.

A consummate supporter of the visual arts, Mr Darling sought their help to enrich Australia's national art collection and his endeavors resulted in this generous foundation.

Since its founding, AFNGA has donated works of art valued in excess of $35 million to the Australian national collections. With AFNGA’s support, the Australia’s national collection has acquired major works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Lloyd Wright and many others, for all Australians to enjoy.

AFNGA is guided by an eminent group of Australian expatriate and American art enthusiasts, collectors and professionals who use their corporate, personal and philanthropic ties to help further AFNGA’s mission.

Board of Directors

  • Geoffrey Pack, President

  • Philip Colbran, Chairman

  • Dr Helen I. Jessup, Secretary

  • Robert Moore II, Treasurer

  • Susan van der Griend

  • Michael Maher

  • Sara McKerihan

Just some of the gifts that have been made possible through the support of our generous donors