A bequest to the National Gallery is your gift to our collective art future.
Help ensure a legacy of art for generations of Australians to come by remembering the National Gallery in your Will, contributing to the growth and development of our national collection.
Leaving a bequest to the National Gallery in your Will helps us to ensure the vitality of our collection, for all Australians. All bequests of any size are welcome, and there are no fees or hidden costs. Rest assured that your bequest will be used solely to acquire new works of art, or for your nominated purpose.
If you are considering a bequest to the Gallery, please download a Bequest Brochure for more information.
Bequests to the National Gallery are made through the NGA Foundation (a tax deductible gift recipient). Your bequest can be made in memory or honour of family or friends, and we also respect those opting to remain anonymous in their giving. To ensure your bequest wishes are made clear, we encourage open discussion. To find out more or to discuss a bequest, please get in touch.
As an expression of our gratitude for your bequest, you will be:
- Invited to an exclusive Bequest Circle Recognition Annual Event, and to other Gallery events and programs
- Formally acknowledged in the National Gallery Foundation Annual Reports, in Artonview and, for bequests of $100,000 or more, on the Gallery’s honour boards
- Acknowledged for all gifts of works of art, or acquisitions made with the support of a bequest, on the work’s display label and wherever the image is reproduced
The Bequest Circle
The Bequest Circle acknowledges the generosity of benefactors during their lifetime, and honours the important role they play in the development of the national collection. It is an opportunity to enjoy a closer relationship with the Gallery and to be involved with Foundation events.
To become a member of the Bequest Circle you simply need to fill out and return the Bequest Circle membership form.
Head of Development and Executive Director, National Gallery Foundation
+61 2 6240 6691
Your gift to the National Gallery in your Will can be in the form of cash, a percentage of your estate, a residuary gift or an interest in a trust created in the Will. We recommend that you seek professional advice from your solicitor or financial adviser in arranging a bequest.
Bequesting Works of Art
We welcome specific works of art in your bequest to the National Gallery. We acquire work of art in line with our acquisitions policy, and our curators would love to discuss the Gallery’s collecting priorities with you. If you wish to bequest a work of art, please contact our Foundation team on +61 2 6240 6691 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wording of your bequest
Thank you for choosing to remember the National Gallery in your Will, and for supporting the legacy of the national collection for future generations.
To ensure that your wishes are enacted, please use the following wording in your Will:
- Gift of art: ‘I give me (clearly describe the work of art including artist, title and date) to the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory for its use at its absolute discretion.’
- Gift of cash or a proportion of your estate: ‘I give (dollar amount or proportion of estate of the residue of my estate) to the National Gallery of Australia Foundation, Canberra, in the Australia Capital Territory for the purpose of acquiring works of art.’
- Gift to the Foundation: ‘I give (dollar amount or proportion of estate of the residue of my estate) to the National Gallery of Australia Foundation for its use and benefit absolutely.’