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Raising Funds for Galleries


Raising Funds for Galleries

Tuesday 1 May 2018, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Diversification of income is quickly becoming essential in the arts. In this 1-day program you will explore different types of fund raising within a gallery context, how to set achievable targets for your size and resourcing, as well as a range of models to enable you to meet your fundraising goals.

The morning session will include presentations by Ron Fairchild, CFRE (Chief Advancement Officer, Deakin University) discussing the ins and outs of fundraising in a gallery/museum setting leaning on his experiences at both MUMA and Ontario; Abigail Crompton (Founder and CEO, Third Drawer Down) who will provide insight into generating a retail revenue stream; and Christina Apostolidis (General Manager – Development, Centre for Contemporary Photography) covering fundraising in a small to medium gallery.

Following lunch, Bryony Nainby (Director, Benalla Art Gallery) will discuss securing donations for artwork acquisitions by looking at the Benalla purchase of work by Milan Milojevic; Jason Smith (Director, Geelong Gallery) will detail his gallery’s evolving approach to fundraising; and Frankie Airey (Director and Founder, Philanthropy Squared) will discuss working with your Board and team.

A panel discussion chaired by Sue Roff (Executive Director, Arts Project Australia) and featuring Jason Smith, Frankie Airey, and Bryony Nainby will provide a platform for free ranging discussion and for participants to gain advice pertaining to their individual circumstances.

Immediately following the Raising Funds for Galleries sessions, participants will attend an artist talk by Gosia Wlodarcza and take a private tour of her exhibition ARTIST NOT @(at) WORK, 31 DOMESTIC JOBS FOR DECEMBER, currently showing at the Deakin University Downtown Gallery.

This session will be of practical use to gallery directors and senior gallery officers with a focus on business development, financial sustainability, philanthropy and fundraising programs, as well as board members with an active involvement in these areas. All participants will also enjoy the opportunity to network and share ideas not only with the presenters, but also with their peers.


Tuesday 1 May 2018, 10.30am - 4:30pm


Deakin Downtown, Level 12, Tower 2, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008.

Prices and booking
  • PGAV Member $330 / Non-Member $440 
  • PGAV Members can also access exclusive 2018 Professional Development Program Four Session Packages. Packages cost $1122, delivering a 15% saving, and provide our Member galleries with flexibility – pick any four sessions throughout the year for one of your staff to attend! 
  • All costs are GST inclusive
  • Registrations close Tuesday 24 April 2018 at 12 noon.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
  • Registered participants that are no longer able to attend may nominate a substitute up until the starting time. Where possible, please notify the PGAV of substitutions and cancellations by email, up until Tuesday 24 April 2018 at 12 noon. 
  • Cancellations received before Tuesday 24 April 2018 at 12 noon will be refunded, less an administration fee of $55 including GST.
  • Cancellations received after Tuesday 24 April 2018 at 12 noon are not refundable.
  • Exceptions are at the discretion of the PGAV.

The PGAV wishes to thank the following Raising Funds for Galleries Presentation Partners:

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Image: Gosia Wlodarczak, ARTIST NOT @(at) WORK, 31 DOMESTIC JOBS FOR DECEMBER 2017, digital photograph archival print on paper, photo by Longin Sarnecki. Image courtesy of the artist.

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