Some 125 years on from its establishment, QAGOMA has received the largest philanthropic gift in its history: a $35 million bequest from the late Win Schubert AO (1937–2017), which will indelibly transform the Collection.
The inspiring gift has established The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Charitable Trust and will support the acquisition of major Australian and international works.
Mrs Schubert found great joy in sharing art with others, and her vision for the Trust was to develop and maintain a permanent collection of artworks created in or after 1880, for the advancement of art education in Australia. Held by QAGOMA, works from this group will appear in the Gallery’s forward exhibition program.
Among the most generous cultural gifts of its kind in Australia, Mrs Schubert’s bequest will be transformative in supporting and extending the state’s Collection and the cultural experiences of Queenslanders now and into the future.
A Gold Coast-based philanthropist, gallerist and art lover, Win Schubert AO was one of the Gallery’s most generous supporters. Her inspiring patronage over two decades enabled the Gallery to acquire more than 100 artworks. Many of these are visitor favourites, including Cai Guo‑Qiang’s Heritage 2013, Yayoi Kusama’s Flowers that bloom at midnight 2011, Nick Cave’s HEARD 2012 and Kohei Nawa’s PixCell‑Double Deer #4 2010.
The Gallery acknowledged Mrs Schubert’s remarkable benefaction in 2012 with the naming of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Galleries (QAG galleries 10, 11, 12 and 13), and again in 2015 with the QAGOMA Medal.
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The Schubert Circle
Mrs Schubert’s generosity will be remembered through the eponymous Schubert Circle, a dedicated program launched in October to recognise donors who have included a gift to QAGOMA in their Will.
At a time when art and artists around the world are facing unprecedented challenges, we hope that Mrs Schubert’s generosity will inspire others to consider giving to QAGOMA.
By including a gift to the Gallery in your Will, you can share your love of art and enrich the lives of others. The opportunities your gift can create are far-reaching and will enable QAGOMA to continue connecting people with art and ideas through access to the Collection, innovative programs, exhibitions and events.
For more information about the Schubert Circle or including a gift to the Gallery in your Will, please contact the Bequest and Communications Officer on (07) 3840 7287 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. All inquiries are treated confidentially.
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Featured image: Kohei Nawa PixCell-Double Deer#4 2010 / © Kohei Nawa / Photograph: J Ruckli © QAGOMA