The Foundation was established in 1997 to link government, business and community in their support of the Ipswich Art Gallery. The Foundation attracts a wide range of supporters, including high-profile government and business leaders, through to community members and students, all dedicated to enriching the cultural life of Ipswich. Since its inception, the Ipswich Art Gallery Foundation has raised nearly $9 million in support of the Ipswich Art Gallery. The Foundation raises funds for the purchase of art work and items of cultural significance for the Ipswich Art Gallery Collection. Offering donors tax deductibility on all cash donations over $2 and art work approved under the Federal Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, the Foundation supports the Gallery in preserving Ipswich’s cultural history for the benefit of future generations.

Ipswich Art Gallery Foundation Board

  • Dr Ian Lupton, Limestone Dental
  • Mr Jeff Budgen
  • Dr Sophia Elmes
  • Professor Alan Rix
  • Mr James Sturges

Become a Member

The Foundation encourages and promotes an appreciation of the city’s rich cultural heritage within the community. Financial support through the Foundation for the Ipswich Art Gallery ensures Ipswich’s long-term economic and cultural-tourism growth. Supporters of the Ipswich Art Gallery Foundation are identified as members and listed within a category of giving:

Category Amount
Member $2 – $499
Bronze $500 – $4,999
Silver $5,000 – $19,999
Gold $20,000 – $99,999
Platinum $100,000 – $249,999
Benefactor $250,000 and above

Donations can be paid by cash, cheque, MasterCard or Visa. For more information on Foundation membership, please email [email protected] for an application.

Donating artworks or items of cultural significance

The Cultural Gifts Program encourages gifts of artwork and items of cultural significance to the Ipswich Art Gallery. This program offers donors a tax deduction for the market value of their gifts.

In confidence, the Foundation will work with you and your solicitor to enable you to contribute to the future of the Ipswich Art Gallery through your estate. When an individual makes a bequest of a specific sum of money to the Foundation, he or she will be recognised as making an immediate gift of an amount equal to one half of the sum bequeathed and hence, enjoy now, all the benefits of membership. If you would like to donate an artwork or item of cultural significance, please email [email protected].