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Sydney Nolan – First Class Marksman

The Foundation has had a long association with the National Gallery of Victoria, commencing in 1991 when the Foundation provided Sydney Nolan’s iconic painting from the Kelly series “First Class Marksman” to the NGV on long term loan.

The Vizard Foundation appreciates that whilst the gallery has considerable funds at its disposal to acquire new works of art, and has proven capacity to raise funds for capital projects, it is hard to obtain dedicated funds for the professional and educational development of curatorial staff or to develop educational outputs from the Gallery.

Supporting these objectives fits naturally with the Foundation’s overall aims, and in 2011 the Foundation agreed to a five year donation program with the National Gallery of Victoria.  The goals of the program are to support projects that:

  • enhance the scholastic and educational activities of the NGV,
  • foster the development of curators and professional leadership at the NGV, and
  • are difficult to fund through the normal fund-raising mechanisms of the NGV.

Projects funded by Foundation donations have included:

  • a subsidy for the publication of the history of the NGV, celebrating its 150th year.
  • supporting digitization and access through the NGV website of all articles published in The Art Journal, (the academic publication of the NGV), making it available to a wider national and international audience (see:
  • supporting the publication of a high quality review of the NGV contemporary  art collection – “101 Contemporary Australian Artists”
  • funding a three component catalogue suite for the innovative “Melbourne Now” exhibition including high quality hardback, e-book and compact versions.


Indigenous Trainee Program

The Foundation is presently supporting the ongoing implementation of a mentorship program which provides opportunities for indigenous people to develop curatorial skills in the professional environment of the NGV.  The initial two years of this program produced some outstanding results that have been of great benefit to both the trainees and the NGV, and the Foundation is delighted to be able to continue support on a longer-term basis.