Qantas: International Joint Acquisition Programme for Contemporary Australian Art

This ground-breaking collaboration will increase the international profile of contemporary Australian art

Qantas, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Tate lock up

Tate, The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) and Qantas are partners in an International Joint Acquisition Programme for contemporary Australian art. This Programme is made possible through a $2.75 million corporate gift from the Qantas Foundation.

The gift enables an ambitious five-year joint programme (2015–2020) through which a range of major works by contemporary Australian artists will be acquired for the collections of Tate and MCA, owned and displayed by both institutions.

This will significantly enhance both organisations’ holdings of Australian art, while transforming the opportunities for international audiences to connect with contemporary Australian art and artists.

A selection of the first artworks acquired will be presented at the MCA in 2016, before heading to Tate.

Qantas Group Executive of Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Olivia Wirth, said:

As Australia’s national carrier we’re all about taking the best of Australia to the world. We are excited to be working with two leading institutions in the MCA, and Tate, to provide opportunities for global audiences connect with Australian art and artists.

Qantas has a long history of supporting the arts including the Flying Art series and Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Awards, and we are thrilled to be extending our contribution with this program.

We look forward to celebrating Australian artists and their work on the world stage.

Nicholas Serota, former Director, Tate said:

In recent years Tate has made great progress in presenting a more international view of art, but this is only possible with the expertise and support of other organisations. Thanks to the generosity of the Qantas Foundation, this new collaboration with the MCA will ensure both collections can represent Australian art at its best and its connections with the wider Asia-Pacific context.

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