The James Erskine Pledge

Made by a donor not even from our City, this pledge evokes the spirit of the original gift by Roland Pope that established the Gallery


Every donation is welcomed and appreciated.

In August the Foundation hosted a Soiree and James Erskine, the renowned sports and entertainment agent, art collector, Director of Liverpool St Gallery in Sydney and philanthropist, was our guest speaker. His topic was the "art of giving". It was an excellent night and, not only did he donate a John Olsen work, "Excitable Tree 1969", on the night but James also pledged to match, in the value of contemporary works of art, any donations secured by Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation by the end of Feb 2018, up to a total of $250,000.

Most importantly, he also committed to support Newcastle Art Gallery into the future.

I believe this new relationship and enormously generous act heralds a new time for the Gallery. I feel confident that we are moving forward and the future of our Gallery is positive. Audiences have returned and are stronger than they have been for many years. The collection is growing and strengthening through continuous giving and Council is back in the conversation about the need to develop the Art Gallery.

This pledge challenge is one the Foundation willingly accepts. Made by a donor not even from our City, it evokes the spirit of the original gift by Roland Pope that established the Gallery and its collection.

As this is such a marvellous opportunity, my request is that you consider giving. To achieve our goal, we need to work together and call on others, too, who may be willing to contribute. It will take all of us to meet this wonderful challenge.

As part of the pledge, you can also donate works of art. These works must be consistent with the Gallery's acquisition strategy and policy and be supported by the Gallery's Acquisition Committee. Should you have a work of art you would like to donate please call Lauretta Morton on 4974 5100.

Time is of the essence as we only have until February 2018 to secure the donations which need to be confirmed before the end of the financial year. Taxation benefits are available.

I appreciate you taking a moment to consider participating in meeting our goal. I'd love to talk to you further so please call me on 0411 137 312.


Every donation is welcomed and appreciated. Yours sincerely,

Judy Hart
Chair, Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation