Board of Trustees (left to right): Alison Crook AO, Philip Bacon AM, Marilyn Darling AC (Chair), Ron Radford AM, Fiona Menzies. (Absent: Gerard Vaughan AM)


Established in June 1991 by Gordon Darling AC CMG to provide assistance to the Australian visual arts through Public Institutions, Australia-wide, the Gordon Darling Foundation was the first foundation in Australia to focus specifically on support for the visual arts.

Since then, over 1000 grants have been awarded for a variety of visual arts projects including catalogues, professional development, exhibition development, art publications, research projects, symposia, and collection management initiatives.

The Gordon Darling Foundation also funds:

  • The Darling Travel Grant program – grants providing travel opportunities for staff from Australian Institutions. The grants fund a focused trip which benefits both the individual travelling and their art gallery or museum. Grants are provided for domestic and international travel.
  • The Museum Leadership Program – intensive residential professional development courses for senior museum managers. Held in association with Museums Galleries Australia.
  • The Digitisation of Collections program - grants continue to be awarded to galleries to assist them to provide on-line access to Australian visual arts collections.

The Board of Trustees

Chair: Marilyn Darling AC
Trustees: Alison Crook AO (since 1998)
  Philip Bacon AM (since 2000)
  Ron Radford AM (since 2001)
  Fiona Menzies (since 2016)
  Gerard Vaughan AM (since 2018)