Museum of Contemporary Art Australia: John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new

Developed and co-presented with the Art Gallery of South Australia, in association with Maningrida Arts & Culture, 2018. Photograph: Alex Torcutti

Australian Art Exhibitions: Opening Our Eyes
By Joanna Mendelssohn, Catherine De Lorenzo, Alison Inglis & Catherine Speck, published by Thames and Hudson, 2018

Cover: Community visit to view Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibition. National Museum of Australia, 2017. Pantjiti Lewis, Rene Kulitja, Alison Carroll (left to right) in the Dome Travelling Kungkarangkalpa 2017 Artwork Experience showing the Tjanpi sculptures Kungkarrangkalnga-ya Parrpakanu (Seven Sisters Are Flying), 2015

Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Mosman Art Gallery, S.H. Ervin Gallery: Destination Sydney re-imagined

Produced by Beagle Press, 2018. Cover: Jeffrey Smart, Central Station II, 1974-75. Collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Australian Museum: Transformations: Harriet and Helena Scott, colonial Sydney’s finest natural history painters

By Vanessa Finney, published by NewSouth, 2018. Cover: Hyalophora morsitans, by Helena Scott

Griffith University Art Museum: With Heart and Hand: Art Pottery in Queensland 1900-1950

Cover: J.F. Beaumont, Pierced plate, 1955 (detail). Collection: Griffith University

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art: Women’s Wealth

APT9 opening weekend performance. Photograph: Marc Pricop

Salamanca Arts Centre: Irene Briant: A Survey

Cover: Animal vegetable mineral: Collectors’ Mantelpiece, 2013. Photograph: Jack Bett

Heide Museum of Modern Art: Design for Life: Grant & Mary Featherston

Cover: Grant Featherston and Mary Featherston, Numero IV Chairs 1974. Collection: Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Photograph: Sotha Bourn

Public Galleries Association of Victoria: Art for the Country: The Story of Victoria’s Regional Art Galleries

Cover design: Wayne Saunders. Images from top, details: Eugene Von Guérard, Old Ballarat as it was in the Summer of 1853-4, 1884, Art Gallery of Ballarat Collection; Jeffrey Smart, Hide and Seek III, 1969; Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG) installation view. Courtesy of WAG; Arthur Streeton, Impression for Golden Fleece, 1888. Cover supplied courtesy of Australian Scholarly Publishing (ASP).

Fremantle Arts Centre: Bush Women

Edited by Darren Jorgensen, 2018. Cover: Queenie McKenzie (Gara-Gara), Garloomboomy, Ngamany the Borders of Gija Country (detail), c.1992. Artbank collection, purchased 1994.

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.