Sir William Dobell Art Foundation

The Foundation was formed in 1971 from the artist’s bequest with instructions that 
“a Foundation be established for the benefit and promotion of art in NSW."

The Foundation will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2021 and since its inception has sponsored a wide variety of projects including:

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Establishing art exhibitions and art prizes
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Supporting educational projects, art schools and scholarships
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Funding publications and acquisitions
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Funding major public art commissions
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Donating works of art to public collections

Our Activities

AGNSW Biennial Drawing Exhibition

Art Gallery NSW 
Australian Drawing Biennial

Held every two years, this is an AGNSW-curated and themed drawing exhibition of invited artists from around Australia.
 

Dobell Exhibition Grant

Museums & Galleries NSW
Dobell Exhibition Grant

Supporting Museums & Galleries NSW to offer $40,000 in funding to one NSW regional gallery per annum.

 

NAS - year 11 Student Drawing Workshop

National Art School 
Dobell Drawing School 

Each year the Foundation funds the Dobell Drawing School for Year 11 Students at the National Art School.
20 Years | 199 Schools | 1380 Students
 

Regional Teacher Training Workshops

National Art School
Regional Teacher Training

Funding two intensive weekend drawing workshops for 20 Visual Arts teachers in regional NSW.

 

Dobell Drawing Prize

National Art School
The Dobell Drawing Prize

The new Dobell Drawing Prize will run in alternative years to the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
 

Art Express Award

Art Gallery NSW
Art Express Award

The Sir William Dobell Art Foundation gives an award every year to the best performing art faculty in a secondary school that has students exhibiting in Art Express.
 

Learning Curve Lecture Series

Art Gallery Society
Learning Curve Lecture Series

The Dobell Foundation sponsors the Art Gallery Society’s Learning Curve Lecture Series.

 

Bundanon Artist in Residence Scholarship

Bundanon
Artist in Residence Scholarship

Each year the Dobell Foundation provides scholarship funding support to a selected Artist as part of the Bundanon Artist In Residence program.
 

The Sir William Dobell Art Foundation has been supporting individual artists and public institutions for four decades through a wide variety of projects which it initiates directly. The Foundation is independently financed but accepts gifts and bequests. Please contact us directly should you wish to discuss a donation. The Trust does not invite applications or requests for financial support.