Current & Upcoming Activities

With a generous gift from the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, M&G NSW offers $40,000 in funding to one NSW regional gallery per annum. The program will run for up to 6 years, with funding targeted towards the development and delivery of curated exhibitions that significantly support artists, extend public appreciation and engagement with the visual arts and expand curatorial skills and creativity.

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Continuing the 20-year legacy of the Dobell Prize for Drawing (1993–2012), the Foundation sponsors a biennial exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW focusing on Australian drawing. Each Biennial is invitational and curated on a different theme.

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The Foundation funds two intensive weekend drawing workshops annually, each for 20 Visual Arts teachers from schools in regional NSW. Professional staff from the National Art School travel throughout the state to conduct the courses. Teachers from isolated areas are able to refresh their skills, share ideas and debate issues with their peers. The workshops have a multiplier effect with the Visual Arts teachers returning to their students with new ideas and techniques.

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Each year the Foundation funds the Dobell Drawing School at the National Art School. The course provides a rare opportunity for year 11 students from regional NSW and outer metropolitan areas of Sydney to develop their drawing and visual perception skills. The course is run by practicing artists/teachers from the National Art School in central Sydney.

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As Founding Patron of Art Express, the Foundation offers The Sir William Dobell Excellence in Teaching Award to a Visual Arts Faculty which has shown outstanding results in the Higher School Certificate. The prize is an acknowledgment of the dedication and commitment of the school’s Visual Arts teaching staff.