Half a million in art gifted to Newcastle Art Gallery

A philanthropist’s challenge doubled the gifts to a regional gallery, as collector James Erskine demonstrates to a community the value in giving.
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Karl Wiebke, Feet 1996-97 (detail) enamel on wood; donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by James Erskine, 2018, Newcastle Art Gallery collection

A milestone donation happened this week. Newcastle Art Gallery added 49 works of art with a combined value of more than half a million dollars to its collection, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of Sydney-based philanthropists James and Jacqui Erskine, and a number of private donors who matched their contribution.

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