The Cruthers Art Foundation raises funds to support the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art at The University of Western Australia, and to advocate nationally for women’s art and women artists, through funding research projects, publications, exhibitions, symposia and advocacy campaigns.
The Cruthers Art Foundation was established in 2006 as a Prescribed Private Fund, a legal structure introduced to encourage private philanthropy by allowing families to raise money from family members and disperse it to the activities and charities of their choice. The CAF’s initial trustees were Sir James and Lady Sheila Cruthers, their son John and Ivan Hoffman. It was established concurrently with negotiations with The University of Western Australia to donate the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art to the University. The CAF was a co-signatory of the Deed of Gift signed by the Cruthers family and the University on 30 June 2007.
The CAF provides an annual grant to the University for the maintenance and upkeep of the CCWA, which is matched by UWA, and for art acquisitions and a range of other activities. It has also provided larger grants for specific activities around the CCWA, including events to launch the CCWA in October 2012. These included the exhibition Look. Look Again, the collection publication Into the Light and a two day symposium on women’s art, Are We There Yet?
In 2011 the CAF transitioned from a Prescribed Private Fund to a new structure established by the federal government, a Private Ancillary Fund. In 2014 it appointed a corporate trustee, Cruthers Art Foundation Pty Ltd.
In 2014 the CAF funded its first external projects as part of its national research and advocacy role. They are The CoUNTess Report, a statistical gender equality project within the visual art sector managed by artist Elvis Richardson, and Filling the Gap, a national art historical survey of women artists 1870-1960 whose work has slipped from sight, managed by art historian Juliette Peers.
Basil Conti is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a Chartered Tax Advisor. He has been a partner/director in the firm Harden East & Conti Pty Ltd since 1978. He is experienced in the areas of corporate services, management accounting, taxation and consulting to small and large businesses.
Helen Cook expanded her non-executive director roles after transitioning from National Partner for KPMG’s Energy and Natural Resources Group in 2014. She is Deputy Chair Fremantle Ports and holds non-executive directorships at RAC Holdings Pty Ltd and RAC Finance Ltd, the Minerals Research Institute of WA and the Chamber of Arts & Culture WA. Helen has 15 years’ experience in arts governance. She is a member of the Major Performing Arts Panel of the Australia Council, past Chair of the Art Gallery of Western Australia and past director Perth Theatre Trust.
John Cruthers is a Sydney-based art curator, consultant, writer and collector. Since 1974 he worked with his parents to assemble the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, which was gifted to The University of Western Australia in 2007. He is curatorial adviser to the Collection and a member of the UWA Cultural Collections Board.
Sue Cruthers (Emeritus Director), daughter of Sir James and Lady Sheila Cruthers, studied medicine at UWA and practiced in the public health system in Perth for 28 years. She has enjoyed participating in sports including cricket, swimming, soccer and long distance running. Sue’s career in medicine sparked a strong and ongoing interest in policy, treatment and research in the area of mental health. She and her brother John are continuing the work of their mother and father – the support of women’s art and women artists through the CAF.
Gary Dufour is an Adjunct Associate Professor at The University of Western Australia where he teaches the history of 20th and 21st art in America. A member of the UWA Cultural Collections Board, Gary was the Chief Curator | Deputy Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia for two decades. A specialist in international contemporary art, he publishes and lectures widely, and is recognized as a leading authority on artists Jeff Wall and Howard Taylor.
Helen Turner is the founder and director of Turner Galleries, established in 1999. Turner Galleries is a leading contemporary fine art space in Perth, Western Australia. Helen is also the creator of Art Angels, an innovative, residency program supporting mid career and emerging artists.
Karen Connolly is a UWA arts graduate with experience in secondary education and tertiary curriculum development. She has worked in marketing, and as a freelance copy editor and proofreader, and is currently the finance officer for a number of different arts organisations. Karen served on a local government sustainability committee for a dozen years, and believes that social, environmental and economic sustainability are the critical issues of our time.
The CAF is in a capital accumulation phase and unable to consider requests for financial support at this time. If you would like more information about the CAF, its operation and projects please email firstname.lastname@example.org.