Gandels donate $7 million to NGA - Art Collector

31 August 2010 | Melbourne’s Pauline Gandel and John Gandel AO have donated $7 million to the National Gallery of Australia.

The landmark gift comes at a time when the gallery is preparing to open 11 new Indigenous art galleries and a new function hall as a part of its Stage 1 redevelopment plans.

“The National Gallery of Australia has an essential role in developing the national art collection for future generations of Australians,” says John Gandel. “Pauline and I hope that our support will inspire others to follow in our footsteps.”

The Gandels have a long association with the gallery, and were founding donors when it opened its doors in 1982.

“Benefaction of this nature is not only essential for the ongoing development of the arts in Australia but also inspires others to consider philanthropy that can make a lasting difference,” says chairman of the gallery’s council Rupert Myer AM.

The new function hall will be named the Gandel Hall in honour of the gift.

Jane O'Sullivan