Collecting for the Nation - The Australiana Fund
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Collecting for the Nation is a beautifully illustrated telling of Australian history and culture through the artworks in The Australiana Fund’s unique Collection. Founded in 1978. The Australiana Fund is an independent fundraising body whose purpose is to enrich the nation’s four official residences with artworks that illustrate the nation’s history through its cultural and artistic legacy.
Written by a selection of Australia’s most respected authors on architecture, art, decorative arts and design, this book’s stories of the four official residences and of the Collection’s artworks open new perspectives on Australian life. The Collection is a ‘working collection’, its artworks selected to be both beautiful and useful – and to speak of an aspect of Australia’s cultural heritage. This can range from the prosaic to the heroic, from far – distant influences to events close to home, from the famous, the infamous and the unknown.
The Australiana Fund’s Collection has been acquired solely through the generosity of supporters and friends, and it continues to grow as a visual expression of the nation’s distinctive cultural heritage and contemporary creativity. Collecting for the Nation is a monument to The Fund and an ‘open door’ into the nation’s official residences – sharing the Collection with a wider audience
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