Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Ikon Gallery (UK): Thomas Bock
Cover image: Thomas Bock, Mithina (Mathinna) (detail), 1842, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery collection
Art Gallery of New South Wales and Heide Museum of Modern Art: O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism
Edited by Lesley Harding and Denise Mimmocchi, 2016
Cover image: Georgia O’Keeffe, Ram’s Head, Blue Morning Glory 1938 (detail), Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, gift of the Burnett Foundation 2007
Australian National Maritime Museum: The Art of Science: Nicolas Baudin’s Voyagers 1800-1804
Cover image: Charles-Alexandre Lesueur or Nicolas-Martin Petit, Porcupine fish, Diodon holocanthus or Chilomycterus reticulatus (Linnaeus, 1758), Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Le Havre
Tamworth Regional Gallery: Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial
Cover image: Ema Shin, Devoted Body (detail), 2017
Catalogue design and art direction by kindredesign.com.au
Art Gallery of South Australia: Versus Rodin: bodies across space and time
Leigh Robb, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2017
Cover detail: Auguste Rodin, Pierre de Wissant, Monumental Nude, c.1886 87 (Coubertin Foundry, cast 1985), William Bowmore AO OBE Collection. Gift of the South Australian Government, assisted by the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 1996
Arts Centre Melbourne: Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts
Political Acts: Pioneers of Performance Art in Southeast Asia

Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne, 2017, Catalogue Designer Mary Callahan
Cover Image: Lee Wen, Splash! #7, 2003, Courtesy the artist and iPreciation, Singapore
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory: Tjunguṉutja: from having come together
Edited by Luke Scholes, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, 2017
NGV Triennial Publication, 2017
Image courtesy National Gallery of Victoria
Grafton Regional Gallery: True Stories: Sandra Taylor 1975 – 2017
Cover image: Sandra Taylor, Glorious home, fabulous pool
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art: No.1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966–2016
Cover image: Kwoma Arts / Papua New Guinea, est. 2012 / Kwoma people, East Sepik Province / Koromb (spirit house) (detail) 2012. Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / Photograph: Natasha Harth
Geelong Art Gallery: Fred Williams in the You Yangs
Cover image: Fred Williams You Yangs landscape I (detail) 1963, Ananda Foundation N.V., © Estate of Fred Williams

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

NB. Applications for international travel should only be made through the Darling Travel Grant Global Program - see Application Procedures below.

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 procedures

General Grant Program

Read the guidelines above.

Contact the Gordon Darling Foundation to request the current year's application form and detailed guidelines.

Phone: 03 9820 3168, Email:
Administrators: Sherrie Antonio / Alister Shew

Applicants are encouraged to phone the Foundation to discuss their proposed application prior to submission.

Applications must be submitted by mail in hard-copy on the current year's form with any supporting material, postmarked on or before the closing date.

The application form must also be emailed (in the original Microsoft Word format) to by the closing date (supporting material not required with email copy).

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.

Darling Travel Grants - Global

Applications for the 2019 Darling Travel Grants - Global have now closed.

Applications open in November of each year for international travel and are announced on this page.

Contact the Gordon Darling Foundation to request an application form:

Phone: 03 9820 3168, Email:
Administrators: Sherrie Antonio / Alister Shew

Applications may be submitted by mail or email. Postal submissions must be postmarked on before the closing date.

Applications close in mid-January and applicants will be advised of the outcome in the first week of March.