Hamilton Gallery

Trust A Generous Legacy

Exhibition: Friday 23 September to Sunday 6 November

Entry to this exhibition is free.

Trust: A Generous Legacy

Celebrating one of the oldest and most successful Trusts in Australia, this exhibition presents some of the treasured objects acquired by the Hamilton Gallery trust over the past six decades.

Experience this curated collection of 10 major acquisitions from each decade of the Trust’s history, spanning paintings, glassware, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, textiles and works on paper.

From the Trust’s first painting purchase in 1962 through decades of carefully considered collecting, the Trust has contributed over 600 works of art to our internationally renowned collection.

The Trust’s continued work not only contributes to the rich legacy of the Hamilton Gallery, but provides an asset for our community, reflective of our community.

Alongside a new publication overviewing the contribution and history of the Trust, Hamilton Gallery will also host a series of events to celebrate this milestone. Please see below for details as events are announced.

Seeded on community generosity, the Hamilton Gallery Trust began on the 26th July 1962 when Mr Ron Lowenstern, Dr Sam Fitzpatrick and Mr Walter Swaby established a fund for the purpose of acquiring artworks for the permanent collection.

Initially, local citizens donated £50 to start a bank of funds, which grew through generous donations from a range of sources.

Through considered income-generating investments the Trust has been able to grow the fund alongside the collection, allowing both to thrive.

10 recent collection additions have been selected from the 85 works acquired in the last 10 years, including Patricia Piccinini’s Shoeform (Sprout) sculpture, an Ah Xian bust and a landscape painting by William Robertson.

On display for the first time at Hamilton Gallery is a blown glass ‘Modern Relic’ depicting a Covid office by Jessica Murtagh. Unveiled for this exhibition is the Trust’s 60th Anniversary acquisition, Eugene von Guérard’s ‘Mount Arapiles towards the Grampians’, which has not been on public view for the past 152 years.

Trust Publication

To celebrate 60 years of this remarkably generous collective we have produced a publication overviewing the Trust’s contribution to Hamilton Gallery over the past 6 decades. To acquire a hard copy, visit the gallery, or you can view the digital version by clicking on the button below. 


Exhibition Opening

Friday 23 September / 6-9pm

Join us to celebrate this milestone occasion and to share drinks and nibbles alongside Hamilton Gallery Trustees, Trust Members and Friends.

This is a COVIDsafe accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. 

Free event, no need to book.

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 Friday 30 September / 9:30am – 4:30pm



Tickets for the tour cost $40, which will also include a locally catered lunch. Book your bus seat below or contact us for assistance.