Set against the turbulent backdrop of today’s economy, many artistic ventures would struggle to get off the ground without the help of passionate philanthropists. ArtsHub recently named six individuals who have made a difference by supporting the Australian arts scene.

David Waalsh at the Museum of Old and New Art, with "No Visible Means of Escape" by Marc Quinn

David Waalsh at the Museum of Old and New Art with 'No Visible Means of Escape' by Marc Quinn.

Below, Art Radar briefly summarises each philanthropist’s contributions to the Australian art scene. To read the full article on ArtsHub, click here.

David Walsh privately funded the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), which is home to over 2000 pieces of contemporary art work and antiques.

Peter Weiss has been supporting a number of Australian art institutions for over 25 years, including the Sydney Symphony, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Betty Amsden is the largest individual donor for the performing arts in Victoria, Australia. She has been supporting various art organisations, including artists-in-schools programmes and music therapy programmes for disabled children.

Tim Fairfax is the chairman of Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, which focuses on supporting arts development in remote areas in Australia.

Simon and Catriona Mordant have been fundraising for the Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation. Their private art collections are often lent to Australian institutions for viewing.

Harold Mitchell is participating in the review of the arts commissioned by the federal government, which will encourage support of the arts from the private sectors.


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By Brittney

Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.

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