Australian Visual Artists’ Benevolent Fund
This fund provides limited financial assistance to visual arts practitioners faced with financial difficulty as a result of serious illness, accident or some other unexpected catastrophe. It is not intended that the fund should be used merely as a means of coping with financial hardship.Applications can be made at any time.
This fund was established by painter and sculptor Bert Flugelman who during his career suffered severe personal disasters, which could have left him destitute, had it not been for the generosity of friends and colleagues in the art world. His appreciation of their support led to his donation of the proceeds from the sale of an Ian Fairweather painting, was used to establish a trust fund to assist visual artists in extreme need. This trust has been formed to administer this Fund with the assistance of NAVA.
Assistance may be in the form of loans, advances, gifts or any other measures considered by the Trustees, at their discretion to be appropriate to the need of the beneficiary.
If you wish to apply to the Benevolent Fund for assistance please send your application to the National Association for the Visual Arts outlining the nature of your adverse circumstances, how it affects your practice and required assistance.