During March, our Contemporary Patrons took an interstate tour of the Biennale of Sydney, the first night of which saw members and guests enjoy dinner with exhibiting artist Lee Mingwei before attending the Biennale’s opening-night party on Cockatoo Island. The following days were filled with tours of private collections, and guided viewings of the Biennale’s many offerings. The Sydney trip marks the first interstate tour for the Contemporary Patrons group, and if the buzz and excitement from the excursion is indicative of its success, it will not be the last.
The Future Collective’s 2016 program was launched in April with the ‘Collecting: Public and Private Perspectives’ event, when the group’s members and guests gathered in GOMA to tease out the intricacies of building, developing and maintaining art collections. The Future Collective’s next event is in July.
The artist at the forefront of the Foundation’s current fundraising activities is Michael Zavros, with his captivating self-portrait Bad dad 2013 unveiled as the focus of this years QAGOMA Foundation Appeal. The work was shortlisted for the Archibald Prize in 2013 and featured in the Gallery’s 2015 exhibition ‘GOMA Q’. At the launch event Zavros shared insights about the work and his practice in conversation with QAGOMA Director Chris Saines before guests were invited to view the work, which is currently on display at GOMA. This year also marks the first time the Foundation’s Appeal has featured the work of a contemporary Queensland artist as its sole focus.
The QAGOMA Foundation raises crucial funds to develop the Gallery’s Collection and present major exhibitions and community-based public programs, including regional and children’s programs.