The Power Institute was established by a bequest from Dr John Joseph Wardell Power to, in his words:
"make available to the people of Australia the latest ideas and theories in plastic arts by means of lectures and teaching and by the purchase of the most recent contemporary art of the world ... so as to bring the people of Australia in more direct touch with the latest art developments in other countries."
Today the bequest is managed by the Power Institute Foundation which assists the University of Sydney, through the Power Institute, to realise the aims of its founder. The Foundation achieves this by
- supporting research and scholarship in the Department of Art History & Film Studies;
- supporting the development of the Schaeffer Fine Arts Library, Visual Resources Library, Power Publications and the Public Education program;
- promoting the Institute in the wider community and encouraging good international relations for Australia in the Fine Arts; and
- seeking financial and other support for the Institute's activities.
Donations to the Foundation play a vital role in realising these aims, and are tax deductible.
For those of you who share the Power Institute's passion and commitment to the visual arts, donations can be made securely online here.
A major new account of Australian photography from 1901 to the present.
The Power Institute is delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 Terrence and Lynnette Fern Cité International des Arts Residency Fellowship.
Kandinsky and Klee in Tunisia by Roger Benjamin with Cristina Ashjian.
Asian Art Research in Australia and New Zealand: Past, Present, Future - 15 October 2015
Melbourne Book Launch: 'The Language of Light and Dark' - 20 October 2015
Recasting the Question: Digital Approaches to Art History and the Museum - 5 November 2015