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Gifts and Bequests

Gifts and Bequests


Cultural Gifts Program

The S.H. Ervin Gallery welcomes gifts of art works that relate to its existing collection and are registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).

The Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program encourages gifts of significant cultural items to public art galleries, museums and libraries by offering donors a tax deduction for the market value of their gifts, under Subdivision 30-A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (the Act).

The Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts administers the program with the advice of the Committee on Taxation Incentives for the Arts. The Committee advises the Secretary to the Department on the approval of valuers to participate in the program and examines donations to ensure they conform with the program’s requirements. Donations made under the program are exempt from capital gains tax and the tax deduction may be spread over a period of up to five years.

For more information or to discuss a gift or bequest please contact Gallery Director – Jane Watters   [email protected]



Many of the wonderful works of art in the S.H. Ervin Gallery collection have been bequeathed by donors, purchased with gifts nominated in wills or with the income generated over time by soundly invested bequest funds. A bequest can be your way of ensuring your continued support well beyond your own lifetime.

There are many ways that you can arrange your bequest. You can leave a general bequest or nominate a specific purpose. You can nominate a dollar amount or a share of your estate. Every gift, whether large or small, is welcomed and valued.

Your legal advisor will be able to advise you about the best bequest structure for you however the following is a guide:

I GIVE to THE NATIONAL TRUST OF AUSTRALIA (NSW) ABN 82 491 958 802 for the S.H. ERVIN GALLERY, free of all duties and testamentary expenses for its general purposes,

(a) The whole (or x%) the residue of my Estate; OR

(b) The sum $; OR

(c) (details of specific assets e.g. shares, life insurance policy, real estate and objects)

for which an official receipt from the National Trust (NSW) will be a sufficient discharge of my executor.

image: JESSIE SCARVELL  Stormy seas, Bondi  oil on canvas  bequest of Alison Wyndham Bundock  2004