About the Foundation

The Ipswich Art Gallery Foundation was established in 1997 to link government, business, and the community in their support of the Ipswich Art Gallery.

The Foundation raises funds for the purchase of artwork and items of cultural significance for the Ipswich Art Gallery Collection, supporting the Gallery in preserving Ipswich’s cultural history for the benefit of future generations. All cash donations over $2 and artwork approved under the Federal Government’s Cultural Gifts Program are tax deductible.

Since its inception, the Ipswich Art Gallery Foundation has raised nearly $9 million in support of the Ipswich Art Gallery.


Become a Member

The Foundation encourages and promotes an appreciation of the city’s rich cultural heritage within the community and attracts a wide range of supporters dedicated to enriching the cultural life of Ipswich. Financial support for the Ipswich Art Gallery through the Foundation ensures Ipswich’s long-term economic and cultural-tourism growth.

Supporters of the Ipswich Art Gallery Foundation are identified as members and listed within a category of giving. Donations can be paid by cash, cheque, MasterCard or Visa. 

For more information on Foundation membership, please email the Gallery for an application.

Member categories

$2 – $499 ... Member

$500 – $4,999 ... Bronze

$5,000 – $19,999 ... Silver 

$20,000 – $99,999 ... Gold 

$100,000 – $249,999 ... Platinum 

$250,000 and above ... Benefactor 

Foundation Board Members


Dr Ian Lupton, Limestone Dental


Mr Jeff Budgen, Dr Sophia Elmes, Professor Alan Rix, Mr James Sturges

Donating artworks or items of cultural significance


The Cultural Gifts Program encourages gifts of artwork and items of cultural significance to the Ipswich Art Gallery. This program offers donors a tax deduction for the market value of their gifts. If you would like to donate an artwork or item of cultural significance, please contact the Gallery.


In confidence, the Foundation will work with you and your solicitor to enable you to contribute to the future of the Ipswich Art Gallery through your estate. When an individual makes a bequest of a specific sum of money to the Foundation, he or she will be recognised as making an immediate gift of an amount equal to one half of the sum bequeathed and hence, enjoy now, all the benefits of membership.