Chairman's Message

“The Cairns Regional Gallery Foundation performs a vital role in supporting the arts community in Far North Queensland and in particular the Cairns Regional Gallery. Whilst we are a separate entity from the Gallery and therefore operate independently, all our activities are nevertheless dedicated to supporting the gallery and it’s many and varied artistic pursuits.

The work of the Foundation Board is performed in an honorary capacity and our activities are supported by a small secretariat thus enabling us to contribute the maximum amount from our donations and fundraising to the gallery acquisition program and also to make a contribution to the ongoing operational budget of the gallery on an annual basis.

Our modus operandi is to partner with the Cairns Regional Gallery to see it grow and develop into Australia’s premier regional gallery showcasing the very best of our extraordinary artists.”

- Roy Payne

Aims of the Foundation

  • To invite contributions, donations gifts, bequests, endowments and other forms of financial assistance to or for the benefit of the Gallery
  • To attract and retain for the Gallery the continuing interest and financial support of the community
  • To assist the Gallery in the production, development and extension of cultural awareness, education and knowledge


The Cairns Regional Gallery Foundation raises funds in order to foster and develop the Cairns Regional Gallery and acts as a Trustee of the Cairns Regional Gallery Arts Trust. Thanks to the generosity of its members, the Foundation has contributed significantly to the operations costs of the Gallery and purchased works for the Gallery’s Collection.

These pieces include:

The Bed on the Verandah, Donald Friend, 1954, purchased in 2011

Chiefs Dhoeir; Puberty Dhoeri; Clan Dhoeri and Initiation Dhoeri, Yessie Mosby, 2012, purchased in 2012

Over Cape York, Tom Storrier, 2007,purchased in 2008

Iron Bark Forest, Tom Risley, 2004, purchased in 2009

Quinkan Country, Laura, Ray Crooke, 1989, purchased in 2010

Kisai Mari Patan & Gaigai paktail, Dennis Nona, 2010, purchased in 2010

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The Cairns Regional Gallery Foundation is the Gallery’s major acquisition fund and the umbrella philanthropic organisation for all the Gallery benefactor groups and funds. It uses income from donations and bequests to purchase art for the collection.

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