The NGV Women’s Association was established in 1961 and plays a vital part in the life of the National Gallery of Victoria.
The purpose of the NGV Women’s Association (NGVWA) is to support the interests of the National Gallery of Victoria. This is achieved by funding of works of art for the NGV collections and through a travel scholarship for NGV curators. Since 1963, the NGVWA has also provided Encouragement Awards for promising students of the Victorian College of the Arts.
The NGVWA extends its role by bringing people into the NGV and by fostering a more general interest in the arts. Funds are raised through an annual program of interesting and entertaining events. These include lectures, seminars, visits to private and regional galleries, opportunities to study garden history and design, and events of a more social character with an arts based theme.They are all highly anticipated and frequently sold out
Over the years the NGVWA has added an important number of works to the magnificent collections of the NGV. The works of well-known artists such as Andy Warhol, Anish Kapoor, Christopher Dresser and Peter Booth are represented amongst the gifts of the NGVWA along with exquisite pieces of porcelain and eighteenth century needlework.
The Association is made up of 55 elected women from all walks of life, who each brings with her a valuable skillset. They all share a love of the NGV and a genuine interest in art. Membership is by invitation and all members are required to participate throughout the year, working in sub committees to produce the annual events as volunteers assisting those events as they occur.