Arts Foundation

HH Scott


The QVMAG Arts Foundation supports the development of the Fine and Decorative Art Collections of  QVMAG. 

The Foundation is the primary source of funds for the acquisition of works for these collections. Since 1985, through the generosity of the Launceston community and with the support of the Tasmanian Government, more than $1.25 million has been raised and in excess of 140 artworks have been acquired for the QVMAG. 

The Foundation supports the Masterpieces for Tasmania Fund and Herbert Scott Society. 

We invite you, through the QVMAG Arts Foundation, to support this great institution.

Support donations can be made over one or more years with all contributions more than $2.00 tax deductible. We are happy to accept any contributions you make. If you would like to give more you can do so under the following categories:

  • Benefactors $10000 +
  • Fellows $5000 – $9999
  • Associates $2000 – $4999 

To support or donate please see our Membership Brochure(PDF, 3MB) or email for more information. 

Masterpieces for Tasmania Fund

The Masterpieces for Tasmania is an annual appeal that gives everyone the opportunity to help QVMAG to acquire a masterpiece for the QVMAG collection. In this way Tasmanians from all corners of the state have the chance to have a permanent, immediate and important impact on the development of what is an art collection of national significance.

The Masterpieces for Tasmania appeal was officially launch in 2013. This initiative has brought together individual donors from not only the immediate Launceston region but all over Tasmania. The program is building a wonderful legacy for future generations.    


Masterpieces for Tasmania Collection

  • 2013-14         Fred Williams, Potboil Shoals, Flinders Island, 1974‑75
  • 2015-16         Rick Amor, Erith and Deal Island, Bass Strait, 2014

If you'd like more information or assistance in making a donation(PDF, 989KB), please call 6323 3777 or email

HH Scott Society

Established in 2013, the Herbert Scott Society’s purpose is to bring together like-minded visionaries whose interest and financial support underpins the growth and development of the QVMAG.

Herbert Scott Society patrons raise essential funds which are directed specifically to the purchase of major acquisitions, exhibitions and research at the QVMAG. 

Herbert Scott was appointed as the first full time Curator (Director) of QVMAG in 1897. He was the only employee and worked seven days a week to keep the Museum open. As caretaker he lived in the attic of the Royal Park building which had opened in 1891.

Under Scott additions to the Museum included the Zoological Gallery (1910), the Historical Wing (1927) and the Fall-Hartnoll Memorial Wing (1937). In 1927 he was 
instrumental in securing the important Beattie Collection of convict history from Hobart. 

Scott managed the Museum for forty years and is the longest serving Director. He died in office in 1937.

Society membership fees

• $5000 for corporate membership

• $1500 for an individual or couple


Membership benefits

• Invitations to Society-only events

• Invitations to exclusive evenings with artists, likeminded visionaries and the QVMAG Director

• Exclusive private tours with exhibition curators

• QVMAG Art Gallery and Museum Shop discount

• Use of the QVMAG Friends’ Members Lounge


Please call 63233777 or email for more information.