The Gordon Darling Foundation Supporting the Visual Arts Australia-wide

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The Gordon Darling Foundation was established in 1991 by Gordon Darling, who passed away in 2015. Its purpose was and is to fund Visual Arts activities Australia-wide.

The Foundation’s charter is to support the visual arts and to promote, through Public Institutions, access to and enjoyment of all areas of the visual arts, to the broadest possible audience.

Each year the Foundation assists Australian Public Institutions to undertake a wide range of visual arts projects in all Australian states and territories and helps to promote Australian arts in the international arena.

The Foundation also instigates initiatives where there is a perceived need for action.

Funding may be provided for catalogues and publications:

  • that are scholarly
  • that provide a permanent record of an exhibition, collection, artist or movement
  • does not fund souvenir or promotional publications
  • exhibition development excluding marketing or promotional costs
  • professional education initiatives including individual professional development
  • research projects
  • symposia

The Foundation does not normally fund:

  • capital works
  • general or core activities
  • retrospective funding
  • recurrent funding of a project

Who is eligible?

The Foundation can only provide funding to Public Institutions in Australia.

Individuals wishing to apply for funding for projects are required to partner with a Public Institution which then takes responsibility for the project.

The Trustees will normally award only one application per organisation in any given year.

Applications for the next round of Darling Travel Grants – Global open on Monday 19 November, 2018. 

Contact the Gordon Darling Foundation to request an application form after this date.

Phone: (03) 9820 3168
Administrators: Sherrie Antonio / Alister Shew

Applications must be submitted, by mail or email, by Friday, 18 January 2019. Postal submissions must be postmarked on/before the closing date.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome in the first week of March 2019.

For more information and how to proceed:

Image: Thomas Bock, Mithina (Mathinna) detail, 1842. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Collection

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