NGV Contemporary to receive $100 million donation

19 April 2022

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will accept an extraordinary $100 million donation courtesy of Lindsay Fox AC and Paula Fox AO towards the construction of NGV Contemporary.

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Dusk render of winning concept design for NGV Contemporary by Angelo Candalepas and Associates, viewed from the corner of Southbank Boulevard and Kavanagh Street. Render by Darcstudio.

This is the largest cultural gift for a capital program ever made to an Australian art museum by a living donor. Recognising the scale of the donation, NGV Contemporary will be named The Fox: NGV Contemporary.

NGV Contemporary will be built at 77 Southbank Boulevard in Southbank and will showcase contemporary art, design, fashion and architecture of local, national and international significance amid a new 18,000 square metre public space in the heart of a transformed Melbourne Arts Precinct.

The Fox family has a strong history of support for the NGV through generous contributions to many significant acquisitions of major works of art and design over decades. This new donation also builds on a number of contributions to the arts, housing and medical research sectors.

The new contemporary gallery will become a globally significant landmark and provide unparalleled exhibition and educational spaces, studios and scientific laboratories for conservation of artwork.

Today’s donation complements the existing Ian Potter Foundation commitment of $20 million – building the cornerstone of philanthropic support for the new NGV Contemporary and encouraging further philanthropic support for the project.

More than 11,000 jobs will be created over the life of the project and the gallery will generate hundreds of ongoing creative sector jobs when it opens in 2028. A striking design by Angelo Candalepas and Associates was last month revealed for the site following a competition judged by an eminent jury.

NGV Contemporary is part of the Victorian Government’s landmark $1.7 billion investment in the Melbourne Arts Precinct transformation.