Judith Neilson versus John Kaldor

Two incredible philanthropists are currently celebrating anniversaries of their collections and patronage – we take a look at their legacy back-to-back.

Two of Australia’s most significant cultural philanthropists are currently celebrating anniversaries: John Kaldor with 50 years of the Kaldor Public Art Project, and Judith Neilson’s White Rabbit Gallery marking its tenth anniversary.

What has motivated these two giants of art patronage? What drives their passion to collect, and how have they have shaped the landscape of contemporary art in Australia?

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina