Board of Trustees (left to right): Gerard Vaughan AM, Ron Radford AM, Alison Crook AO, Marilyn Darling AC (Chair), Philip Bacon AO, Fiona Menzies


Established in June 1991 by Gordon Darling AC CMG to provide assistance to the Australian visual arts through Public Institutions, Australia-wide, the Gordon Darling Foundation was the first foundation in Australia to focus specifically on support for the visual arts.

Since then, over 1000 grants have been awarded for a variety of visual arts projects including catalogues, professional development, exhibition development, art publications, research projects, symposia, and collection management initiatives.

The Gordon Darling Foundation also funds:

  • The Darling Travel Grant program – grants providing travel opportunities for staff from Australian Institutions. The grants fund a focused trip which benefits both the individual travelling and their art gallery or museum. Grants are provided for domestic and international travel.
  • The Museum Leadership Program – intensive residential professional development courses for senior museum managers. Held in association with Museums Galleries Australia.
  • The Digitisation of Collections program - grants continue to be awarded to galleries to assist them to provide on-line access to Australian visual arts collections.

The Board of Trustees

Chair: Marilyn Darling AC
Trustees: Alison Crook AO (since 1998)
  Philip Bacon AO (since 2000)
  Ron Radford AM (since 2001)
  Fiona Menzies (since 2016)
  Gerard Vaughan AM (since 2018)

Recent Annual Reports