Lindsay and Paula Fox donate $100 million to NGV for new gallery in Melbourne

The Fox family has donated $100 million to the National Gallery of Victoria, to help fund the construction of its new contemporary wing.

The philanthropic gift is the largest single donation in the history of the gallery, eclipsing the $20 million donated by the Ian Potter Foundation towards the same project in 2020.

Lindsay and Paula Fox have donated $100 million to the NGV.Credit:Paul Rovere

Tony Ellwood, director of the NGV, said trucking tycoon Lindsay and his wife Paula were motivated by a belief that “the arts should be available and accessible to all”.

Victorian creative industries minister Danny Pearson hailed the “extraordinary commitment” shown by the Fox family in donating the sum on the occasion of his 85th birthday.

“It may be Lindsay’s birthday but what an incredible gift to the people of Victoria,” said Pearson.

The gift is enough to guarantee naming rights to the new building, which will be known as the Fox NGV Contemporary.

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