Current Grants

Title : Philanthropy supports journalism initiative with Indigenous affairs at its heart

Mar 5, 2018

Guardian Australia announces the agreement of a $300,000 philanthropic grant from The Balnaves Foundation to the Guardian Civic Journalism Trust to help deliver in-depth coverage of Indigenous affairs.

Title : ABC The Mix - Interview with Neil Balnaves

Jul 17, 2015

Two of Australia's leading private arts donors have accused the Minister for te Arts, Senator George Brandis, of neglecting the arts community and politicising the funding of the sector.


Title : Neil Balnaves advises unis on pitching for philanthropic funds

Jun 10, 2015

When pitching for a philanthropist’s money, universities would do well to have a clear set of measurable outcomes in mind. It also helps to keep the donor actively involved in the project. 

Title : Venice Biennale brings Fiona Hall face to face with the enemy - The Age

Feb 27, 2015

The Venice Biennale is the world's most prestigious art event and this year, Hall has landed the highly sought-after role of representing Australia there.

Title : Women Making Their Move - SMH

Nov 6, 2014

 Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed Program. Funded by The Balnaves Foundation

Title : New Breed review: Individuality shines through in personal, fresh vignettes - SMH

Nov 5, 2014

Five emerging choreographers get the support of Sydney Dance Company and the The Balnaves Foundation to create new works.

Title : ABC TV - James Valentine interviews Neil Balnaves on the New Breed program

Nov 3, 2014

 ABC TV - James Valentine interviews Neil Balnaves on the New Breed program.

Title : A couple's choreography and lives entwine in the creation of original works - SMH

Nov 1, 2014

Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed Program. Funded by The Balnaves Foundation

Title : Fiona Hall tackles global issues for 2015 Venice Biennale - SMH

Sep 30, 2014

A minefield of madness, badness [and] sadness, in equal measure.

Title : Australia Council announces Fiona Hall's exhibition for the 2015 Venice Biennale

Sep 29, 2014

Fiona Hall’s exhibition is titled “Wrong Way Time”

Title : Philanthropists want to rethink on inheritance 'curse'

Jun 14, 2014

Hamish Balnaves urges Australia's wealthiest to not leave too much money to their children.


Title : Wesley Enoch asks 20 Questions at Belvoir - SMH

Apr 14, 2014

Wesley Enoch interviews Indigenous artists.

Title : Wesley Enoch hosts 20 Questions at Belvoir - SMH

Apr 5, 2014

No subject is off limits in an evening of true confessions and spontaneous storytelling.

Title : Adelaide Bienniel 2014: Dark Heart - SMH

Mar 15, 2014

 In the hands of an expert, contemporary work is more accessible than ever.

Title : The 2014 Adelaide Biennial: 'contemporary art as it was meant to be' - The Lead SA

Mar 4, 2014

 This is the exhibition we have been waiting for.

Title : Noir predominates at Adelaide Biennial - The Age

Mar 3, 2014

The theme Dark Heart does allow for some humour.

Title : Kaldor Public Art Project presents 'This is So Contemporary' - SMH

Feb 1, 2014

The only way to see Tino Sehgal's Work is to experience it.

Title : Shedding light on dark days of history - The Australian

Dec 13, 2013

Belvoir tells the remarkable story of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Station.

Title : Kaldor's latest work measures up well - SMH

Sep 28, 2013

Slovakian artist Roman Ondak to be housed in Parramatta Town Hall.

Title : Neil Balnaves AO appointed to Art Gallery of South Australia Board

Aug 28, 2013

Philanthropist and Founder of The Balnaves Foundation, Mr Neil Balnaves AO, has been appointed to the Art Gallery of South Australia's Board. 

Title : Heartbreak-healing story is prized - The Australian

Aug 14, 2013

 Jada Alberts awarded the Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright's Award.

Title : Jada Alberts wins The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright's Award - Media Release

Aug 13, 2013

Playwright and actor Jada Alberts (This Heaven) will be announced as the winner of The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright's Award 2013 at an event at the Belvoir St Theatre on Tuesday 13 August at 12 noon.

Title : Creative Program Aims Straight at Kids' Arts - Adelaide Advertiser

Jul 13, 2013

More than 1,000 children have joined the Art Gallery of South Australia's START Art Club. 

Title : Down in the Woods Today - The Melbourne Review

Apr 5, 2013

The 5th McClelland Sculpture Suvery is currently reaping the benefits of expanding into some of its "new" territory.

Title : ABC Interview with Neil Balnaves - 2 April 2013

Apr 2, 2013


Philanthropists have traditionally kept their giving quiet and behind the scenes, but Neil Balnaves argues that this is missing the point. In a changing world, with governments contributing less and corporations run by conglomerates also giving less, why not be proud of making a difference? The Balnaves Foundation gives over $2 million dollars a year to medical and charitable causes as well as art projectsand founder Neil Balnaves joins BAAD to discuss art funding and which types of projects hold his passion.


Title : Art Gallery triples return on investment

Mar 14, 2013

The Balnaves Foundation commissions an Economic Contribution Report showing that The Art Gallery of South Australia contributes $19.8 million to the South Australian Economy.

Title : Economic impact study by the Balnaves Foundation shows that the Art Gallery of South Australia delivers a $19.8 million benefit to state - The Advertiser

Mar 14, 2013

The economic report found the gallery generated $3 worth of activity for every dollar of funding and created 191.3 full-time-equivalent jobs.

Title : An ode to absence - The Age

Nov 17, 2012

They cut a large hole in the midriff of a grand piano. It was painful for them to watch even to contemplate doing in the first place.

Title : Business leaders share their fortunes - Australian Financial Review

Oct 29, 2012

Higher education philanthropy has hit a new high and both the University of Sydney and the University of NSW celebrated receiving major gifts from business people last week.

Title : Media release - Unconventional research drives innovation in curing childhood cancer

Oct 29, 2012

The Balnaves Foundation’s Young Researcher of the Year Awards are continuing to fill a void in the Australian research support landscape.

Title : TV mogul now a 'big brother' for indigenous students - The Australian

Oct 25, 2012

Neil Balnaves will be in esteemed company when he opens a new learning centre for indigenous students at the University of NSW in Sydney today.

Title : NSW Governor opens new Indigenous centre at UNSW - Media Release

Oct 24, 2012

A new learning centre designed to help double Indigenous student enrolments at UNSW has been opened today by the NSW Governor Professor Marie Bashir. Balnaves Place – Home of Nura Gili was made possible thanks to a generous donation of $1.5 million from The Balnaves Foundation.

Title : Coup for Kaldor in moving ode to art - Australian Financial Review

Oct 4, 2012

The Haus der Kunst in Munich, New York's Museum of Modern Art and now the State Library of Victoria: John Kaldor has snaffled a key work by the latest US art world stars Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla to show in Melbourne next month.


Jan 31, 2012

Sydney Morning Herald review of ‘I am Eora’, presented by Sydney Festival in association with The Balnaves Foundation.

Title : FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award 2012

Jan 31, 2012

From a total of 173 national and international applications 36 finalists have been selected for the McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award 2012.

Title : Passing the Bucks - SMH/Sydney Magazine

Sep 1, 2010

We are no longer the selfish city - Sydney has overtaken Melbourne as the country's most generous capital. But before we give ourselves a pat on the back, theres more work that needs to be done.

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Title : The Personal Touch - The Weekend Australian

Mar 6, 2010

Neil Balnaves knows what he likes. Fortunately that includes supporting the arts in a big way.

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