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AGWA and Minderoo unite to create philanthropic opportunities for WA’s young art enthusiasts

November 05th, 2020

Aspiring philanthropists can now have their donations to AGWA’s Next Collective group matched until September 2021 thanks to Minderoo Foundation.

All donations from new and renewing members are fully tax-deductible and will be matched by the Minderoo Foundation up to the value of $15,000.

The Next Collective is AGWA Foundation’s group for young art enthusiasts who share a growing passion for art and an interest in playing an active role in the direction of their State Art Gallery while developing their professional and social networks.

Next Collective members make an annual tax-deductible donation to a pooled fund and are invited to a live pitch on where to focus their support.

The minimum donation amount is $700 per year which can be made in weekly, monthly or annual payments – from as little as $14 a week, members can be part of the next wave of arts philanthropists.

Next Collective members then decide by voting on what their donations make possible, such as a new acquisition, an education program or an exhibition.

This unique opportunity provides an entry point for young professionals with a growing passion for art and philanthropy to start making a tangible difference to WA’s artistic and cultural endeavours.

Next Collective’s chosen pitch for 2019 was presented by AGWA’s Learning and Creativity Research Manager Lilly Blue for a series of WA artist-led studio workshops for students.

The first workshop was led by multi-disciplinary artist and UWA lecturer Andy Quilty, who focused on the notion of drawing as a dynamic process of risk-taking and continual discovery.

Taking place at the Gallery, the workshops create much-needed space for students to encounter creative practice, allowing young people to gain invaluable insights from contemporary artists.

Mrs Blue said the workshops were an important reflection of the need for arts-driven educational approaches.

“An AGWA artist-led creative learning model situates us as a hub of arts learning in WA.” she said.

“In a rapidly changing world with an ever-increasing need for creative capacities in the job force, it is vital we engage artists to deliver innovative programming that supports the Education sector to prioritise arts learning, imagination and creativity."

The annual pitch event takes place in November. Next Collective members also have access to social events at AGWA, exclusive exhibition previews and networking opportunities alongside artists, curators and AGWA Foundation members.

The Art Gallery of WA Foundation has benefited from a longstanding relationship with Minderoo Foundation, with a major gift of FMG shares made in 2011. This donation made, and continues to make, a significant impact; resulting in many important acquisitions of contemporary art for our State Art Collection. 

For more information on becoming a member of AGWA’s Next Collective, please call (08) 9492 6761 or email

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