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Annual Giving Campaign 2017/2018

The Annual Giving Campaign is a call-out to everyone to support to the Rockhampton Art Gallery Gift Fund. Whatever the contribution, donation, gift, bequest, endowment and no matter how small or large, any assistance to the Rockhampton Art Gallery Gift Fund is greatly appreciated.

Three projects have been selected for the 2017 / 2018 Annual Giving Campaign.

We invite donors to choose the program they want to support.

PROJECT ONE | Building the Permanent Collection - Ian Fairweather acquisition

PROJECT TWO | Support Regional Arts

PROJECT THREE | Opportunity for Creative Learning and Engagement


PROJECT ONE | Building the Permanent Collection - Ian Fairweather acquisition

Rockhampton Art Gallery has launched a fundraising campaign to acquire Painting II by Ian Fairweather. Ian Fairweather (1891-1974) is one of Australia’s great modernist painters. Scottish-born, he served in the First World War, but was captured by the Germans, and spent four years as a prisoner of war. The experience was harrowing, but also offered opportunities to study Japanese language and art, while Fairweather also provided illustrations to POW magazines. Following the war he studied art in England, the Netherlands, and Germany.

The purchase of Ian Fairweather’s Painting II will significantly add to the Rockhampton Art Gallery’s permanent Collection. This work presents a pivotal example of modernism not yet represented in Rockhampton Art Gallery’s Collection.

Painting II was created on Bribie Island, and is one of the few instances where Fairweather worked in a purely abstract way. Subtle tonal variations in grey are a hallmark of Fairweather’s style, and so too are his layered, gestural compositions, which bear the influences of Chinese painting and calligraphy. In China, the colour vermillion represents life, and the touches used here in Painting II perhaps offer an insight into Fairweather’s philosophy of connecting the process of art making with the substance of life.

You can help us the purchase Painting II, Ian Fairweather’s painting by supporting our "Puzzle Giving Campaign". This campaign enables donors to identify pieces of a puzzle created from a replica of the artwork. Each puzzle piece is numbered $200. Alternatively, you may choose to donate an amount of your choice towards the overall purchase of the work.


PROJECT TWO | Support Regional Arts

In 2017 the Rockhampton Art Gallery will present the 2017 Bayton Award. The Bayton Award is an initiative of the Rockhampton Art Gallery Philanthropy Board, Rockhampton Regional Council and is hosted by Rockhampton Art Gallery. The Award is open to artists of the Central Queensland region and is the prize package of cash and in-kind contributions is valued at a total of $17,000. Judged by the Philanthropy Board and Rockhampton Art Gallery Director, the Bayton Award for Central Queensland artists is a biennial, acquisitive Award celebrating the diversity and excitement of visual arts in Central Queensland.

The Bayton Award supports local artists by providing a national showcase for their work and by purchasing selected works for the Gallery's permanent collection.

Your donation will help us to raise funds for the purchase of works from the Bayton Award 2017 and thereby expand the Gallery's holdings of contemporary works from our region.

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PROJECT THREE | Opportunity for Creative Learning and Engagement

Each year the Gallery runs a comprehensive program of creative learning activities delivered by professional artists. The programs are tailored to meet the differing needs and interests of children from as young as three months, right through to our elders.

The Gallery is committed to ensuring that the diverse demographics within the community have the opportunity to participate in, and engage with the arts. The Gallery’s learning and engagement programs recognise the importance that creative activities play in improving educational outcomes, including literacy, numeracy, fine motor skills, and memory simulation as well as social and emotional well-being.

Your support of the Gallery’s creative learning and engagement programs will enable the Gallery to broaden the scope and reach of its programs in both a financially accessible and sustainable capacity.

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