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.
Katrina Burton has a legal background and over 20 years experience as a non-executive director. She has been a director of Home Building Society, StateWest Credit Society and Landgate. Katrina is a founding director of not-for-profit organisation EON Foundation Inc.
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 in 2014 after transitioning from National Partner for KPMG’s Energy and Natural Resources Group. She is currently Deputy Chair Fremantle Ports and holds Non-Executive Director positions at RAC Holdings Pty Ltd, RAC Finance Ltd, Deputy Chair at the Minerals Research Institute of WA and Chair of the Chamber of Arts & Culture WA. In 2017 she was appointed a Councillor of the National Gallery of Australia. She has over 15 years arts governance experience. Helen is a WA Divisional Councillor of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Major Performing Arts Panel of the Australia Council, which oversees funding for the Australia’s 28 major performing arts companies. Helen is 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.
Angela Goddard is the Director of Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane. She joined the University in June 2015 after fifteen years at QAGOMA, seven of these as Curator of Australian Art. She writes and lectures regularly for varied contexts, and was a Board Member of the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane in 2003-08 and 2012-16.
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 email@example.com.