Miner donates millions to support art

Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest donated $3 million to Art Gallery of WA’s fundraising campaign TomorrowFund, to ensure it reached its goal of $25 million for the acquisition of contempary art, as reported in the West.

$3.7 million in the form of shares was also donated by Forrest and his wife, to be divided by the state’s four major performing arts companies.

"We are fortunate in Western Australia to have an exciting and dynamic arts community and are delighted to support our local arts companies and help them to continue to bring performing arts of the highest caliber to all West Australians," Forrest told the West.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said reaching this fund raising target of the total $25million fund is a significant step towards securing the future of the State Art Collection.

“I’m very pleased to congratulate the gallery on achieving this target with the receipt of a very generous donation, valued at more than $3million, from Andrew and Nicola Forrest,”

“It is the last of many major pledges from Western Australia’s leading companies and community figures, including the initial $1 million pledges from BHP Billiton; National Australia Bank; Wesfarmers; and Woodside,” he said.

TomorrowFund was designed to transform and build the State Art Collection, through an expanded contemporary collection of Indigenous, Western Australian, Australian and international art.  

Image courtesy The West.

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