Tasmanians have just received a very generous gift with a significant donation of Australian art from the late 20th century and early 21st century to the state’s collection.
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery will receive a total of 73 artworks over the next 10 years from the private collection of Anna and Richard Green. The collection will be donated to TMAG in three stages, with the first stage comprising 23 works by several notable artists such as William Robinson, Andrew Sibley, Euan McLeod, John Gould and Jock Clutterbuck, who are not otherwise represented in the TMAG collection.
The donation also includes significant paintings by James Gleeson, Clifton Pugh, Imants Tillers and Stephen Lees augmenting the existing works by these artists already held by TMAG.
Anna and Richard Green were both raised and educated in Tasmania before leaving to pursue work opportunities nationally and internationally. Anna is the daughter Tasmanian artist and teacher Winifred Knight and grew up visiting exhibitions, galleries and artist studios. Her interest and love of art continued with Richard as they began collecting work by contemporary Australian artists from galleries in Sydney and began to create a collection of great significance.
They believe that works of art are gifts to the world and that the passion that inspired their creation should be shared. Tasmanians are the fortunate recipients and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery their future custodians. The donation makes of these significant artists will bring a greater national context to TMAG’s collection of contemporary Tasmanian artworks.
The works have been donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program which provides tax incentives to encourage people to donate cultural items to public art galleries, museums, libraries and archives in Australia.
The Greens hope their gift may encourage others to consider making a donation or bequest to our state’s wonderful institutions so the love and passion they have for their collection will reach a broader audience.
One of the donated works, The Shooting of a Kangaroo by Australian artist Clifton Pugh, is currently on display in the Modern Age Gallery at TMAG. An exhibition of the donated works is planned for March 2018.