On October 4 2022, the Dobell Foundation celebrated 50 Years of giving and gifting to the Visual Arts in NSW.
The event, delayed by one year due to the Covid pandemic, was held in the Northern Foyer of the Sydney Opera House in front of the vibrant mural, Five Bells, by John Olsen. The mural was the Foundation's first major commission and gift, to celebrate the opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973.
Guests included representatives from many of our partner organisations including the Art Gallery of NSW, The National Art School, The Art Gallery Society, Museums and Galleries NSW, and the Queens Club, as well as representatives of the arts media.
Below can be found the welcome speech by the Foundation’s Chair, a full list of donations and gifts made over 50 years, images from the event and some media reports.