Fox family donates $100M for the creation of a new Australian landmark

The National Gallery of Victoria has announced an extraordinary donation of $100 million towards the construction of NGV Contemporary from supporters Lindsay Fox, Paula Fox and their family.

This funding supports the Victorian Government’s commitment to the project.

In recognition of their longstanding philanthropic support of the NGV, combined with this transformative gift, the NGV Council of Trustees wishes by way of appreciation to name Australia’s largest gallery of contemporary art and design, The Fox: NGV Contemporary.

“This incredible act of generosity sets a new philanthropic benchmark for Australia, making it the most significant cash donation made by living donors to an Australian art museum,” the National Gallery of Victoria said in a statement.

“We are immensely grateful to the Fox family for this transformative donation.”

This new Australian landmark will celebrate the central role of art and design in contemporary life. It will have more than 13,000 square metres of dedicated display space for art and design, including exhibition galleries and an expansive rooftop terrace and sculpture garden.

With pathways through the building that connect the parklands to Southbank, The Fox: NGV Contemporary will unify the surrounding Melbourne Arts Precinct by connecting together the wider neighbourhood and reshaping the urban experience of this part of the city.

In other news, Lindsay Fox took the top spot in the transport segment of Australia’s richest 250 list.

A render of the winning NGV concept.