Brisbane Arts Philanthropist Philip Bacon Am Wins National Award

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EMBARGO TILL FRIDAY 16 OCTOBER 2009


Brisbane arts philanthropist, Philip Bacon AM wins 

national honour

Brisbane art gallery owner and philanthropist Philip Bacon AM won a national leadership

award at the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Awards, presented at the City Hall,

Brisbane on the evening of Thursday 15 October. The AbaF Awards were presented before

an audience of 700 business and arts leaders, including Minister for the Arts Peter Garrett.

Mr Bacon won the Goldman Sachs JBWere Philanthropy Leadership Award, presented

annually to a leader who has encouraged increased giving to Australian cultural life.

Mr Bacon is the owner of Philip Bacon Galleries in Fortitude Valley. He has been an

influential supporter of the arts for more than 30 years, and his personal donations have

assisted many organisations. 

From the funds Philip donated to the Queensland Art Gallery in 2008, the gallery has

acquired its first Eugene Von Guerard, A view from Daylesford towards the Pyrenees and a

few weeks ago George Lambert’s Self Portrait with Ambrose Patterson, Amy Lambert and

Hugh Ramsay, c1901-03.

Major gifts of works of art to the QAG’s collection include Sir Matthew Smith’s 1920s painting

‘Tulips’, valued at $150,000, gifted this year, and the major 1966 Brett Whiteley ‘Calcutta’, 

valued at $500,000. 

His major sponsorships of recent performing arts productions include: 


For Brisbane Powerhouse, Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan in 2008; and Gatz

presented by the New York Elevator Repair Service in 2009.


For the Queensland Theatre Company the current production of The Crucible. 


For the Brisbane Writers Festival he brought to Brisbane Simon Winchester in 2008

and Wayson Choy in 2009. 


For Opera Queensland this year, the prima donna Emma Matthews in Rigoletto.


For the Brisbane Festival this year, The Actor’s Gang’s production of The Catonsville

Nine.


He made a substantial contribution ($250,000) for the William Robinson gallery at

Old Government House project for QUT in 2006.


Mr Bacon’s  response to winning the Philanthropy Leadership Award is: “My entire life has

been in the arts. I truly believe art matters, and I am privileged that I can help in ways both

big and small to encourage and develop the companies and the people that make it

happen.”

Photos available from www.abaf.org.au/awards. A complete list of AbaF Award

winners is on the next page. 


Media contact: Sue Fisher, Director AbaF – Queensland, 07 3211 5130 / 0402 367 263

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LIST OF WINNERS OF THE ABAF AWARDS 2009 



AbaF Partnership of the Year Award: Bangarra Dance Theatre and Boral Limited 


Goldman Sachs JBWere Philanthropy Leadership Award: Brisbane gallery owner and

philanthropist Philip Bacon AM


Richard Pratt Business Arts Leadership Award: Media magnate and arts supporter Kerry

Stokes AC


Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Arts Business Leadership Award: Singer, artistic director and

arts advocate Robyn Archer AO


Bytecraft Entertainment Commitment Award: Company B Belvoir and Optus


Marsh Partnering Award: Bangarra Dance Theatre and Boral Limited


Toyota Community Award: DADAA (Disability in the Arts, Disavantage in the Arts

Australia) City of Swan and Midland Redevelopment Authority  (WA)


Australia Council Young and Emerging Artist Award: City of Swan and Midland Gate

(WA)


QantasLink Regional Award: Michael Leslie Foundation for the Arts and Rio Tinto 


AbaF SME Award: Bendigo Youth Choir and Bendigo Community Telco


City of Brisbane Encouragement Award: Tasmanian Regional Arts and RACT Insurance


AbaF Giving Award: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra 


AbaF Business Volunteering Award: Gondwana Choirs and Brent Duffy, Maximus

International.


ENDS






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