|Incoming Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines marked his first day by acknowledging the importance of benefaction and accepting the latest gift from leading philanthropist Mr Tim Fairfax, AM.
Mr Saines returns to the Gallery where he previously worked from 1985–1996, after 17 years as Director of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand.
'The Gallery has grown tremendously since I left; I am excited to be returning to this vitally renewed and much-expanded institution,' Mr Saines said.
'I'm very much looking forward to working with the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation and benefactors such as Tim Fairfax.
'The Gallery is very fortunate to have the support of Tim Fairfax, a visionary philanthropist and President of the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation, who shares our passion for contemporary art and audience engagement.
'His latest gift to the Collection, Huang Yong Ping's Ressort 2012, the magnificent spiraling serpent over the QAG's Watermall, was commissioned for 'The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art' (APT7).
'Tim leads by example, as a philanthropist supporting acquisitions of contemporary art for the Collection, and through the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, which has supported the Gallery's renowned exhibitions and programs for children, and touring programs.
'Under his presidency the Foundation has been instrumental in the growth of the Collection, which in turn has earned a national and international reputation.
'The Gallery has a proud history of benefaction, evident in the work of the Foundation and the generosity of many individual donors.
'Since forming in 1979, the Foundation has raised more than $82 million dollars and enabled the acquisition of over 6000 artworks for the Collection.
'The contribution of benefactors greatly expands the range of work the Gallery can collect, exhibit and tour throughout Queensland.
'In my former role in Auckland I worked hard to foster a broadly based culture of giving and I look forward to continuing that work in Queensland.'