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USC Art Gallery gives artists a professional platform for the presentation of their work and ideas. Being located within a university means knowledge exchange and creation is at the core of what we do. We value artistic enquiry and expression and are supported by artists, lenders, donors, curators, researchers, philanthropic partners, funding bodies, sponsors, corporate partners and the community who share this value.
The support we receive is visionary. Our collection has grown into the largest public collection of art on the Sunshine Coast due to the support of benefactors. In 2004, a purpose-built gallery was established funded exclusively by our community of donors and in 2020, we completed an ambitious redevelopment made possible through the generosity of the late Arija Austin.
New philanthropic partners, patrons and supporters are always welcome. For further information or to discuss opportunities please contact us.
USC Contemporaries are a group of art enthusiasts, benefactors and collectors that contribute to the growth and development of the USC Art Collection. Each year, USC Contemporaries help to shape the Collection by nominating to support the USC Art Gallery through commissioning and acquisition of contemporary artwork.
USC Contemporaries contribute a minimum annual tax-deductible donation of $5000 to USC. These funds are then used to commission work by one or more of the exhibiting artists.
USC Contemporaries are acknowledged collectively by the group name in the artwork credit lines, and individually on the USC Art Gallery website and USC Donor Wall.
Every donation, no matter how large or small, will assist with the growth and care of the USC Art Collection.
The Art Gallery actively acquires artworks that demonstrate excellence and diversity in contemporary Australian art with an emphasis on artworks made within the lifetime of USC (1996 onwards). In addition to this, donations also help us care for our collection by supporting a wide range of collection management and conservation activities.
All donations to USC Art Gallery of A$2 or more are tax-deductible.
Help us to grow and care for our collection for future generations to enjoy.
USC is the custodian of the largest public collection of art on the Sunshine Coast. At over 850 artworks the collection is an important cultural resource that is drawn from for exhibitions at USC Art Gallery and other public institutions throughout Australia, used in teaching and learning, and exhibited across our campuses.
A gift of artwork can be made as a direct gift, a Cultural Gift via the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program, or as a Bequest.
University art holdings constitute a significant quota of our nations cultural heritage. When you give art to the USC know that it will be cared for so it can be enjoyed by our community now and into the future.
Leave a legacy
By including USC in your Will, you can continue a legacy of supporting artists and enriching the cultural landscape of our region. If you are considering adding USC Art Gallery to your Will know that the impact you will make on our community will be lasting and far reaching.