Global Giving to the Arts

An International Symposium convened by Kerry Gardner and Jaynie Anderson for the Australian Institute of Art History on the comparative values of international funding models for philanthropy and the arts

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Among the distinguished speakers and philanthropists are:

Professor Thomas W. Gaehtgens

Director of the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

Thomas W. Gaehtgens received his doctorate in 1966 at the Institute of Art History at the Universität Bonn and his habilitation in 1972 at the Universität Göttingen. In 1979, he was at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton. Between 1980 and 2006 he served as professor at the Freie Universität in Berlin.  He was a Getty Scholar at the J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Santa Monica, from 1985 to 1986. In 1992, he organized the 26th International Congress of Art History in Berlin and served as the president of the Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA) from 1992 to 1996. Professor Gaehtgens taught at the Collège de France in 1995 and held the position of European Chair at the Collège de France between 1998 and 1999. He was director of the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte/Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art in Paris, an organization he founded in 1997. In 2004, he received an honorary doctorate at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Since 2007, he has been the director of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Professor Gaehtgens was awarded the Grand Prix de l'Académie Française pour la Francophonie in 2009. In 2011, he received an honorary doctorate from the Paris-Sorbonne, and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research interests include eighteenth- to twentieth-century French and German art history, as well as the history of the museum.

Rupert Myer AM

Chair of the Australia Council

Rupert is the Chair of The Australia Council for the Arts. He serves as a member of the Felton Bequests’ Committee and as a board member of Jawun – Indigenous Corporate Partnerships, Creative Partnerships Australia, The Myer Foundation, The Australian International Cultural Foundation and The University of Melbourne Faculty of Business and Economics Advisory Board. He is an Emeritus Trustee of The National Gallery of Victoria. Rupert is Deputy Chairman of Myer Holdings Ltd and is a Director of AMCIL Ltd.

Rupert holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Arts from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He chaired the Australian Government’s Inquiry into the Contemporary Visual Arts and Crafts Sector which completed its report in 2002. Rupert became a Member of the Order of Australia in January 2005 for service to the arts, for support of museums, galleries, and the community through a range of philanthropic and service organisations.

His previous roles in the arts include serving as Chairman of the National Gallery of Australia, Opera Australia Capital Fund, Kaldor Public Art Projects and National Gallery of Victoria Foundation and as a Trustee, National Gallery of Victoria, a Board Member, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, a Member of the Advisory Board, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a Member, National Council & Melbourne Committee, The Australian Opera (now Opera Australia), and as a Council Member, Australian Association of Philanthropy (now Philanthropy Australia).

Simon Mordant AM

Simon Mordant is Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Greenhill & Co., Inc, a leading independent corporate advisory firm. Simon specialises in advising local and multinational companies and Government on their capital markets strategy and merger and acquisitions.

Simon has been a practising corporate adviser in Australia since 1984 having trained as a Chartered Accountant in London.

Simon is a passionate collector of contemporary art with a long history of benefaction to the Arts. In 2007, he was appointed Chairman of the MCA Foundation which was re-established to raise funds for the $53 million capital campaign for the redevelopment. In 2010 Simon’s was appointed Chairman of the Board of the MCA.

In addition to the above, Simon is a director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, is Australian Commissioner for the 2013 and 2015 Venice Biennale, a member of the International Leadership Council of the New Museum and a member of the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, a member of the Executive Committee of the Tate International Council, a Director of the Sydney Theatre Company and the Garvan Research Foundation, a member of the Wharton Executive Board for Asia and was Deputy President of Takeover Panel 2000-2010.

Kerry Gardner

Documentary filmmaker and philanthropist

Kerry Gardner is a documentary film maker focussing on art related subjects. She holds a Masters of Film and Television from VCA, University of Melbourne.

She is Deputy Chair of The Australian Institute of Art History and sits on arts and environment funding committees of the Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund and the Board of The Great Barrier Reef Foundation. She is co-founder of the Andyinc Foundation which funds social justice, arts and sustainability policy change and practice. Previous directorships include Deputy Chair of both Heide Museum of Modern Art and The Malthouse Theatre.

She has also recently been appointed a Global Ambassador for The Global Fund for Women based in San Francisco.

Professor Jaynie Anderson

Jaynie Anderson is the Herald Chair of Fine Arts and Foundation Director of the Australian Institute of Art History at the University of Melbourne. In 1997 she was appointed a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA). She is the immediate past president of the International Committee of Art History (2008-2012), the Comité Internationale de l’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA) and is currently on the International Executive of Art History.  She was educated at the University of Melbourne and Bryn Mawr College, Philadelpia, and was the first woman Rhodes Fellow at the University of Oxford. She has curated exhibitions at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, the Castello Sforzesco, Milan, the Poldi Pezzoli Museum, Milan, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. She has been a visiting professorial fellow at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, the Centre for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Washington, and the Harvard Centre for Renaissance Studies, the Villa I Tatti.  Her books include:  Giorgione: The Painter of Poetic Brevity (1997); Collecting, Connoisseurship and the Art Market in Risorgimento Italy:  Giovanni Morelli’s Letters to Giovanni Melli and Pietro Zavaritt, 1866 - 1872 (1999); Tiepolo's Cleopatra (2003); Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration and Convergence.  The Proceedings of the 32nd International Congress in the History of Art (2009); The Cambridge Companion to Australian Art (2011); Giuseppe Molteni in Correspondence with Giovanni Morelli - The Restoration of Renaissance Painting in mid nineteenth-century Milan (2014).  She is currently writing a biography of Giovanni Morelli.

Dr Gene Sherman AM

Director Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation Sydney

Dr Gene Sherman AM (PhD, University of Sydney, 1981) is Chairman and Executive Director of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, a philanthropic organisation dedicated to the public exhibition of significant contemporary art from Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East. From 1986–2007 she was Director and Proprietor of Sherman Galleries. Dr Sherman is currently Adjunct Professor, College of Fine Arts (COFA), Deputy Chair of the National Portrait Gallery Board, an Asialink Asia Literacy Ambassador, and a member of the Art & Australia magazine Advisory Board, the Tate Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee and the International Association of Art Critics. The Foundation is a member of CIMAM, the International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern Art. Dr Sherman’s former Board appointments include the Bundanon Trust (1995–2002), the Powerhouse Museum (1994–2001) and Deputy Chair of the Power Institute Council at The University of Sydney (1996–2006). She regularly lectures to a wide range of institutions on topics such as gallery management, the art of collecting, philanthropy, private foundations and contemporary Japanese fashion.

Angus Trumble

Director National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

Angus Trumble is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and of New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. He was from 1996 to 2001 Curator of European Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide, and from 2003 to 2014 Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut. He has lately been appointed Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia in Canberra, and will take up that position on February 10, 2014. He is the author of a number of books and many articles across a wide range of subjects including Old Master paintings, nineteenth-century British art, Australian colonial art, and international contemporary art. His Edwardian Opulence: British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century (Yale University Press) was shortlisted for the 2013 Spears Book Awards.

Clare Jacobson

Shanghai-based design writer and editor

Clare Jacobson is a Shanghai-based design writer, editor, and curator. She is the author of the book New Museums in China, which was named one of the eight best architecture and design books of 2013 by Architect magazine. She is the co-author of the books Jigsaw City: The Asian New Town Now (forthcoming) and Karlssonwilker Inc.’s Tell Me Why: The First 24 Months of a New York Design Company (2003). Jacobson is a contributing editor to Architectural Record, where she writes on new projects in China. Her articles have also appeared in Architectural Review Asia Pacific, Engineering News Record, Azure, Landscape Architecture, Randian, and other magazines. Prior to moving to China, Jacobson was editor and editorial director at Princeton Architectural Press for 21 years. There she originated, acquired, and developed more than 120 books on architecture, graphic design, landscape architecture, photography, and visual culture. Her work won numerous awards, including the American Institute of Architects Citation for Excellence in International Architectural Book Publishing. Jacobson has curated talks and exhibitions for the Shanghai International Literary Festival, the Rockbund Art Museum, and the University of Southern California’s American Academy in China. She has a BArts and BArch in Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University.

Professor Glyn Davis AC

VC University of Melbourne

Glyn Davis is Professor of Political Science, Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Melbourne, and immediate past Chair of Universities Australia.

Professor Davis was educated in political science at the University of New South Wales and the Australian National University, before undertaking post-doctoral appointments as a Harkness Fellow at the University of California Berkeley, the Brookings Institution in Washington DC and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Internationally, Professor Davis is an immediate past Chair of Universitas 21, a grouping of 24 leading universities from around the globe, a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, and a Director of the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King’s College London.

In 2010 Professor Davis presented the Boyer Lectures published as The Republic of Learning.

Fiammetta Rocco

Literary Editor, The Economist, London

Fiammetta Rocco has been the culture editor of The Economist since 2003. She was born in Kenya of French-Italian parents and read Arabic at Oxford. Her journalism has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic and she has been named British Feature Writer of the Year. Her book about the discovery of quinine, "The Miraculous Fever Tree", is out with HarperCollins. In December 2013 The Economist published "Temples of Delight", her ten-page special report on the future of museums.

The symposium has been generously supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation, Creative Partnerships Plus 1, Fred Grimwade, Fraser Hopkins, Hugh Morgan AC and Sarah Morgan.