Corporate social responsibility I Gadens Art Challenge – Museum of Brisbane
6 March 2018
Gadens’ profound commitment to the arts sector was showcased during the recent Gadens Art Challenge held in partnership with the Museum of Brisbane.
The challenge resulted in the Museum recording the most donations ever received from a fundraising campaign, which was held between October 2017 and December 2017.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk praised Gadens for their support of the Museum at a recent corporate breakfast held at Brisbane City Hall and a special function to thank challenge donors will be held on 28 March 2018.
Gadens has matched dollar-for-dollar all appeal donations up to the total value of $20,000.
That commitment has resulted in the Museum purchasing an artwork by leading Indigenous artist Judy Watson’s (Water Dragon 2011),which beautifully maps the Brisbane River flooding and explores its impact on the contemporary city, but also the memory of water and its connection to Country.
The injection of funds from the Gadens Art Challenge has also enabled the Museum to commission emerging artist and finalist for the Archibald Prize, Sam Cranstoun, to create a mixed-media work inspired by the complicated story of Greek architect and town planner Dr C.A Doxiadis’ brief residence in Brisbane.
Gadens has also donated a Vernon Ah Kee artwork from the firm’s collection to the Museum.
“Most of us desire to leave a legacy – a lasting footprint that will be remembered by those whose lives we have touched,” said Paul Spiro, National Chairman of Gadens.
“As one of Australia’s top law firms, Gadens is in the privileged position to leave a generous and enduring legacy to the people of Brisbane through its partnership with Museum of Brisbane”.
Mr Spiro is also the Chairman of the annual Brisbane Festival, which delivers across the city each September a thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and major public events such as Riverfire.
Gadens is also a major partner of the Chairman’s Circle at The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).