Carrick Hill: Stanley Spencer: a twentieth century British Master
Image: Stanley Spencer (1891 - 1959) From the Artist's Window, 1938, oil on canvas, 50.8 x 76.3 cm, Collection of the Carrick Hill Trust, Adelaide, Hayward Bequest
Art Gallery of New South Wales: Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, edited by Natalie Wilson, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2014.
Cover image: Kund gale (effigy) mid 1900s, Wahgi people, Minj District, Jiwaka Province (AGNSW)
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre: Labours of Love: Australian Quilts 1845 - 2015
Front cover image: Unfinished silk and cotton hexagon mosaic patchwork (detail) by Lady Mary Fitzroy (1790 - 1847).
National Trust of Australia (NSW), gift of Yvonne Perceval 1998
Gold Coast City Art Gallery: Cutback: Surfing Through Art
Image: Shaun Gladwell, The Flying Dutchman in Blue (Coogee 2) 2013, digital print on archival paper,
Collection: Gold Coast City Gallery, Winner, 2014 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award
© Shaun Gladwell. Courtesy of Anna Schwartz Gallery.
Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka: Bling - 19th Century Goldfields Jewellery
Image: Donovan & Overland (attrib.), Western Australian Goldfields brooch c.1900, Private Collection
National Gallery of Australia: Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia,
Michael Gunn (ed), National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2014.
Cover image: Detail of Female figure (Moai papa), Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Otago Museum, Dunedin
Art Gallery of South Australia: Treasure Ships
Image detail: Japan, Seto Inland Sea: Osaka to Nagasaki Sea Route, late 17th century, pair of six panel screens, colour and gold on paper; Gift of Andrew and Hiroko Gwinnett through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2008, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Charles Darwin University: Counting Tidelines
Image: Kaye Brown, Shells 2015, natural ochres on shells. Photograph: Fiona Morrison

What does the Gordon Darling Foundation support?

The Foundation provides funding for a range of visual arts projects Australia-wide.

Funding may be provided for:

  • catalogues and publications
    • that are scholarly
    • that provide a permanent record of an exhibition, collection, artist or movement
    • the Foundation does not fund souvenir or promotional publications
  • exhibition development excluding marketing or promotional costs
  • professional education initiatives including individual professional development
  • research projects
  • symposia

The Foundation does not normally fund:

  • capital works
  • general or core activities
  • retrospective funding
  • recurrent funding of a project

Who is eligible?

The Foundation can only provide funding to Public Institutions in Australia.

Individuals wishing to apply for funding for projects are required to partner with a Public Institution which then takes responsibility for the project.

The Trustees will normally award only one application per organisation in any given year.

Funding criteria

The Foundation encourages applications from all over Australia.

The Foundation is a funder of innovative projects.

The Foundation is a funder of projects providing increased access to the visual arts.

Projects will be expected to attract considerable public exposure.

Projects should demonstrate the highest levels of professional practice.

The Foundation may be the sole grant provider or the lead donor or a participant in a collaborative funding with other private and/or public donors.

The Foundation will not normally support projects that have been almost fully funded from other sources.

Preference will be given to projects which will tour.

Application procedure

Read the guidelines.

Contact the Gordon Darling Foundation to request an application form and detailed guidelines:

Phone: 03 9820 3168, Email:
Administrators: Aileen Ellis/Sherrie Antonio

Applications must be submitted by mail in hard-copy on the current year's form with any supporting material.

Submissions will be examined by the Trustees of the Foundation three times a year in March, June and October. The closing dates for applications are 7 January, 31 May and 30 September respectively.