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Acquisition fund

Circle of Friends

Every financial contribution helps us acquire new portraits of notable Australians. 

Reg Richardson AM, 2014 by Mitch Cairns
Reg Richardson AM, 2014 by Mitch Cairns

The Gallery seeks your support to acquire a stunning and acclaimed portrait of Reg Richardson AM, by Mitch Cairns. A finalist in the Archibald Prize 2014, this work is a great example of minimalist portraiture.

In 2007, Reg Richardson was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the visual arts as a supporter, patron and collector, and to the community through a range of social welfare and medical research organisations. Now, Richardson’s passion is encouraging well-to-do Australians to make charitable contributions; his own contributions combine with those he has coaxed from others to comprise some $120 million for the public good.

The artist, Mitch Cairns, was a finalist in the Archibald in 2013, 2014 and 2015; he was named runner-up in 2014 and 2015, with this portrait of Richardson and a portrait of Peter Powditch. Cairns’s curriculum vitae explains

His painting is neither tough nor trivial … Cairns uses paint to point out how lived experience is quickly regurgitated as idiomatic expression.

The Circle of Friends Acquisition Fund has assisted in the purchase of several important portraits for the Collection including:

  • David Malouf by Rick Amor
  • the 1910 portrait of Elizabeth Sarah (Lillie) Roberts by Tom Roberts 
  • most recently, Chris Wallace-Crabbe by Kristin Headlam

Please donate to the Acquisition Fund.

Note that the National Portrait Gallery is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Tax Deductible Recipient, which means your cash donation is fully tax-deductible.

For further information on the Circle of Friends Acquisition Fund, please contact:

Circle of Friends Coordinator
PO Box 1400
Telephone: 02 6102 7022