The Grafton Regional ‘Gallery Foundation’ is an independent organisation established in 2005 to support and assist the community to take pride, value and understand the vital role our regional gallery plays in the cultural, social and educational life of the Clarence Valley and beyond.
The aim of the ‘Gallery Foundation’ is to build a fund from which the income shall be used to develop the Gallery's collection and facilities.
The first $100,000 raised by the ‘Gallery Foundation’ was celebrated in 2009 with a commissioned sculpture for the gallery courtyard. ‘Spare Parts In Sphere’ was created by local artist Caz Samms and installed in 2010.
In July 2010 a rare and distinctive set of Upper Clarence Bundjalung clubs originally owned by a private collector in the 1860s became available through Sotheby's in Melbourne. The ‘Gallery Foundation’ participated in their acquisition for the Grafton Regional Gallery's collection.
By 2012 total funds held by the ‘Gallery Foundation’ had reached $200,000.00 and another sculpture was commissioned for the Grafton Regional Gallery Courtyard. This time a chair standing around three meters high and hand crafted with up cycled metal parts and objects by renowned installation artist Keith Cameron was unveiled in March 2012.
The ‘Gallery Foundation’ is very proactive throughout the Clarence Valley and hosts a number of signature annual events. These lively occasions are part of its fundraising activities. At present there is an annual dinner, an art auction, regional food showcase (Gate to Plate) as well as an outdoor art extravaganza (Art In The Paddock).
The ‘Gallery Foundation’ also publishes a series of high quality limited edition prints from the gallery’s collection. These are available for sale through this website.
The ‘Gallery Foundation’ encourages and welcomes enquiries from individuals and businesses who may like to contribute to the financial well-being of the Grafton Regional Gallery and invest in its future development.
Board of The Gallery Foundation Ltd
Ben Franklin (MP)
Grafton Regional Gallery
Jude McBean - Director (Grafton Regional Gallery 6642 3177)