Fundraising provides Geelong Gallery with essential financial support to ensure its long-term prosperity.

Annual Appeal

Support Geelong Gallery's Annual Appeal 2024

Help us assemble the first major retrospective of one of Australia's most important living artists.

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In 2024, our fundraising focus shifts to the eminent Melbourne-based painter Janenne Eaton. Geelong Gallery’s outstanding reputation for adventure and leadership in its exhibitions program owes much to our work with living artists. We are very excited to be working closely with Janenne Eaton - one of Australia’s most respected and critically acclaimed senior contemporary artists. 

Eaton’s paintings are engaged with some of the most pressing humanitarian and cultural debates shaping our lives today. A carefully selected survey of her work is overdue, and Geelong Gallery’s exhibition will be groundbreaking and stunning.

Geelong Gallery relies on our community for support. We do need your help. Your tax-deductible gift, no matter the size, helps us deliver must-see exhibitions to Geelong. This in turn provides significant economic benefit to our city and region.

Donating is easy. Click ‘Donate online today’ to complete a donation online.

Have further questions or require assistance? Please contact:

Marguerite Gibson
Development Coordinator


Image: Janenne Eaton, R E E F 2015, enamel, vinyl, mirror and polymer clay on canvas, Geelong Gallery, © Janenne Eaton, Gift of the artist, 2019

Donations of works

The Geelong community has a long tradition of supporting its art gallery. Frederick McCubbin’s A bush burial (1890) was purchased by public subscription in 1900 and over a century later, through donations by individuals and all levels of government the Gallery purchased Eugène von Guérard’s View of Geelong (1856).

The growth of the Gallery’s collection has been due to donations of works of art by individuals, donations of works of art through the Federal Government’s Cultural Gifts Program and monetary donations from Geelong Gallery Foundation towards the purchase of works of art.

Geelong Gallery and Geelong Gallery Foundation are registered as deductible gift recipients with the Australian Taxation Office.

Cultural Gifts Program

Donations of works of art may be given under the Cultural Gifts Program to Geelong Gallery. This program encourages gifts of significant cultural items to public art galleries by offering donors a tax deduction for the agreed market value of their gifts.

The Cultural Gifts Program is administered by the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. For detailed information on this program visit their website www.arts.gov.au

The Director or the Curator would be happy to discuss with you works proposed for donation, as well as the Gallery’s collection policies, and provide advice on contacting approved valuers. Please contact the Gallery to arrange a meeting.

Jason Smith

Director and CEO

Lisa Sullivan

Senior Curator


Through a bequest, of any size, you can make a significant and lasting tribute that will develop and strengthen Geelong Gallery’s collection and public programs into the future.

A bequest to Geelong Gallery is a precious gift and most generous way of making a lasting contribution to the Gallery. Such a legacy will enable present and future generations to draw inspiration and have transformative experiences from this much-loved institution.

Making a bequest in your Will is a straightforward process. After considering your family and loved ones, you can make a real and positive difference to Greater Geelong’s community and cultural landscape.

The Gallery maintains a permanent record of its benefactors and will acknowledge your generosity in a manner you feel appropriate or anonymously. We will always respect your wishes.


Your generosity is Geelong Gallery’s future. Download our Bequest brochure and our How to make a bequest—a form for Wills and Estates guide.

We are happy to discuss how you can support the Gallery and any personal requests or special areas of interest you may have. For more information about our bequest program, please contact the Gallery on 03 5229 3645 or info@geelonggallery.org.au

By notifying us of your bequest, you will be invited to become a member of the Geelong Gallery Foundation's Hitchcock Society. The Hitchcock Society acknowledges its members, past and present, encourages future bequests and holds events to thank and celebrate the generosity of its members.


Dorothy McAllister Bequest
—provides funds for the acquisition of early British (1780–1820) and Australian porcelain as well as examples of work by Geelong’s Colonial silversmiths.

Sybil Craig Bequest—provides funds for the acquisition of works on paper.

Dr Colin Holden Bequest—provides funds to ensure the Gallery will continue to collect, exhibit and research in the field of Australian and International printmaking.

John and Bette Mann—provides funds to support young Australian artists by enabling the Gallery to acquire their works for the collection.

Margery Rix Bequest—provides funds to present exhibitions and acquire works of art for the enjoyment and education of
our community.

JB Ryan Perpetual Trust—provides funds for the acquisition of works of art.

Gift in honour


Express your appreciation for someone special with a Gift in Honour. Your donation can be made in recognition of a special event, or perhaps a final tribute in remembrance of a special life.

If suitable, Geelong Gallery will send a letter of appreciation to the person or persons you designate your gift to, informing them of your donation in their honour, or that of their loved one.

For further information contact us at andrew@geelonggallery.org.au

Donations over $2.00 made to Geelong Gallery Limited are eligible for a tax deduction. Geelong Gallery Limited is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) from 01 July 2000 and registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) from 3 December 2012.