Shirley Macnamara / Indjalandji/Alyawarr; Aboriginal, b.1949 / Erkel (vessel) 2010 / Twined spinifex (Triodia pungens), red ochre, galah feathers, nylon thread and synthetic polymer fixative Twined spinifex (Triodia pungens), red ochre, galah feathers, nylon thread and synthetic polymer fixative / Purchased 2010 with funds from the Bequest of Grace Davies and Nell Davies through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Shirley Macnamara

Shirley Macnamara / Indjalandji/Alyawarr; Aboriginal, b.1949 / Erkel (vessel) 2010 / Twined spinifex (Triodia pungens), red ochre, galah feathers, nylon thread and synthetic polymer fixative Twined spinifex (Triodia pungens), red ochre, galah feathers, nylon thread and synthetic polymer fixative / Purchased 2010 with funds from the Bequest of Grace Davies and Nell Davies through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Shirley Macnamara

Transformative gifts in Wills

Gifts made to the Gallery through a Will help support the careers of future generations of artists and enrich the lives of visitors.

Featured below are a selection of inspiring contributions made by members of QAGOMA’s giving community.

Kohei Nawa / PixCell-Double Deer#4 2010 / Purchased 2010 with funds from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation

Kohei Nawa / PixCell-Double Deer#4 2010 / Purchased 2010 with funds from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation

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Gallerist and fashion business owner Win Schubert AO (1937–2017) was one of the Gallery’s most generous supporters. Her inspiring patronage over two decades enabled the Gallery to acquire more than 100 artworks. Many of these are visitor favourites, including Cai Guo‑Qiang’s Heritage 2013, Yayoi Kusama’s Flowers that bloom at midnight 2011, Nick Cave’s HEARD 2012 and Kohei Nawa’s PixCell‑Double Deer #4 2010.

Mrs Schubert’s last and most significant gift was her landmark bequest, which, in 2019, became the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Charitable Trust. This extraordinary bequest — the largest gift in the Gallery’s history — will realise Win Schubert’s vision to enrich and advance art education in Australia and share her joy and passion for art with others.

The Jaki-ed Project was developed in collaboration with the University of South Pacific, Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and supported by QAGOMA’s Oceania Women’s Fund, enabled by the generous bequest of Jennifer Phipps, September 2017 / Photograph: Chewy Lin / Image courtesy: The artists and University of South Pacific, Majuro

The Jaki-ed Project was developed in collaboration with the University of South Pacific, Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and supported by QAGOMA’s Oceania Women’s Fund, enabled by the generous bequest of Jennifer Phipps, September 2017 / Photograph: Chewy Lin / Image courtesy: The artists and University of South Pacific, Majuro

Jennifer Phipps

Oceania Womens fund

QAGOMA’s long history of commissioning, acquiring and exhibiting the work of female artists in the Pacific was significantly enhanced by the generous bequest of Jennifer Phipps (1944–2014), which created the Oceania Women’s Fund.

A curator with a deep belief in the power of art to change lives, Jennifer’s vision was to enable women working in under-resourced areas of the Pacific to engage in projects and learning opportunities to build creative capacity. The Oceania Women’s Fund entrusts QAGOMA with the ongoing role of fostering creative production by women living and working in the region.

Jennifer Phipps’s visionary bequest has supported a number of major projects, including the participation of women from the Solomon Islands in the 2017 Women’s Wealth creative workshop, and women from the Marshall Islands participating in the Jaki-Ed weaving workshop. The resulting works were part of ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9).

Unknown, India / Visvamitra crossed the Sarayu with Rama and Laksama c.1800 / Purchased 2013 with funds from the Henry and Amanda Bartlett Trust through the QAGOMA Foundation

Unknown, India / Visvamitra crossed the Sarayu with Rama and Laksama c.1800 / Purchased 2013 with funds from the Henry and Amanda Bartlett Trust through the QAGOMA Foundation

Henry Bartlett CGM OBE

Henry Bartlett CMG OBE (1916–2014) was a valued Special Patron of the QAGOMA Foundation. His remarkable life encompassed a career in foreign diplomacy, including as British Deputy High Commissioner in Brisbane, and he was a trustee of the Queensland Art Gallery. Henry and his wife Amanda shared a love of the arts throughout their 67 year of marriage, having first met at the Ruskin School of Art at Oxford University.

The Henry and Amanda Bartlett Trust has enabled the acquisition of more than 100 significant works for the Gallery’s Collection, with a special focus on historical art from Japan, India, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Singapore, Myanmar (Burma) and Indonesia.

étalon (day one hundred and one) –– Cerbère to Llança, 17.3km (Total 1,882.8km), Provisional Metre length of 100.13cm | Image courtesy: Steph Brotchie

étalon (day one hundred and one) –– Cerbère to Llança, 17.3km (Total 1,882.8km), Provisional Metre length of 100.13cm | Image courtesy: Steph Brotchie

Shirley Lahey

Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship

In 2014, the bequest of Shirley Lahey (1925–2011) helped the QAGOMA Foundation establish the Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship. Named in memory of Shirley’s aunt, the eminent Queensland artist Vida Lahey (1882–1968), the scholarship honours Lahey’s artistic and social work, as well as the significance of travel in her life and practice.

Every two years, the Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship gives emerging Australian artists or art history students the opportunity to develop their practice or research through an itinerary of national or overseas travel, that will contribute to understandings of Australian art.

Named Galleries

Select gallery spaces across QAG and GOMA honour the inspiring contributions of QAGOMA's most generous donors.

Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Gallery

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American-born Kenneth Baillieu Myer AC DSC was a Director of Myer Emporium and co-founder of The Myer Foundation. He and Japanese-born wife Yasuko were patrons of the arts and supporters of contemporary Asian art. Since 1993, support from The Myer Foundation and Ken Myer’s eldest son, Michael Sidney Myer, has enabled the development of the Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art, which forms the foundation of the Gallery’s Asian Art holdings.

Henry and Amanda Bartlett Galleries

Galleries 5 and 6

British-born and Oxford University‑trained Henry Bartlett CMG OBE was an artist, patron and diplomat with the British Foreign Service, and a Trustee of the Gallery from 1977 to 1987. Together with his wife Amanda, Bartlett supported the acquisition of many works during his lifetime. The Henry and Amanda Bartlett Fund builds on their significant legacy by continuing to enable the Gallery to acquire historical European and Asian art for the Collection.

Philip Bacon Galleries

Galleries 7, 8, 9

Philanthropist and gallery owner Philip Bacon AM is a Foundation Committee member and former Deputy Chair, Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees. A champion of the visual and performing arts, he has made an important contribution to the cultural life of Australia. Since 1985, his support has significantly expanded our collection of Australian art. Bacon’s transformative gifts include major works by Ian Fairweather, Arthur Boyd and Eugene von Guérard.

Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Galleries

Galleries 10, 11, 12 and 13

Philanthropist, gallerist and fashion business owner Win Schubert AO supported the Gallery in acquiring many major works during her lifetime. In 2019, her landmark bequest established a charitable trust to develop a permanent collection of works to advance education. Schubert named these galleries in memory of her friend, the late Josephine Ulrick, teacher, writer, poet and co-director of Art Galleries Schubert.

The Fairfax Gallery

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Tim Fairfax AC is a philanthropist, company director, pastoralist, Foundation Committee President and former Trustee of the Gallery. Through his visionary giving over two decades, he has enabled the Gallery to build an outstanding collection of contemporary international art. Fairfax, his wife Gina, a Trustee of the Gallery, and their family have further supported the presentation of dynamic Children’s Art Centre and regional touring programs through the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.

Eric and Marion Taylor Gallery

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The Taylor family has enabled some of the Gallery’s most significant acquisitions of Australian art, and these now form the Taylor Family Collection, which includes Arthur Boyd’s Sleeping bride 1957-58. The children and grandchildren of the late Eric and Marion Taylor are closely involved with the Gallery; one is a Trustee and others are Foundation members. The Taylor family was also instrumental in realising the Gallery’s iconic Night Life 2018 by James Turrell.

Marica Sourris and James C. Sourris AM Galleries

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With a lifetime of experience in the motion picture industry, James C. Sourris AM served on the Foundation Committee from 1999 to 2017, while his sister Marica volunteered with the Research Library from 1987 to 2008. The Sourris’s sustained giving forms the substantial James C. Sourris AM Collection, which encompasses moving‑image works and major acquisitions by contemporary international, Indigenous and non‑Indigenous Australian artists.