Oct 27

Legacies: history, memory and future identity with the Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation

Last week Argon Law co-hosted a special event Legacies: history, memory and future identity with the Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation (SCAF) and Friends of the Gallery on what a legacy means to the arts in the Sunshine Coast region.

Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation works to create an enlightened and enriched Sunshine Coast region that is transformed by philanthropic investment in arts and culture.

Professor Jennifer Radbourne, Foundation Board Chair said a young growing region like the Sunshine Coast needed to think in terms of ‘legacy’.

“Our vision, our dream, is for 10 or 15 years in the future. What we do now can contribute to this region’s history, memory and future identity.

“Investment in the arts will bring greater social connection, achievement and identity in the Sunshine Coast and our legacy will let this region be what it wants to be and should be.

“The Foundation can offer tax deductibility, Argon Law can offer advice and artists offer evidence that the arts make for a better life for all who live and visit the Sunshine Coast,” Professor Radbourne said.

Guests were also treated to a fantastic performance from Maleny-based Musical Theatre Production of ‘A Girl’s Guide to World War’, an award winning musical about the story of the Australian ‘lady doctors’ who saved lives on the frontline in World War One. This production will play at the Powerhouse in 2022 is an example of the Foundation's annual giving program invest in our talented local artists to ensure their success and the artistic prosperity of the Sunshine Coast.

Argon Law's Director John Gallagher spoke about how he was shaped by the arts from childhood to adulthood and the privilege we have of free public art galleries. John is an advocate for the arts as a vessel to enrich our lives and our vibrant and flourishing region. He explained that giving back to the arts community has always been a founding principle.

Philanthropist and Lawyer, John Gallagher regards visual and performing arts as key to shaping strong economies and vibrant communities.

Founder and Director of Argon Law Sunshine Coast, John has over 30 years' experience in the field of law. He has also been moulded by the arts, fondly recalling his sense of delight, curiosity and inspiration when visiting galleries from childhood to adulthood.

John acknowledges the enormous privilege we have on the Sunshine Coast to have open access to public art and public galleries and actively supports their influence and advancement.

Hear a few words from John about leaving a legacy to the arts in your will. Filmed at the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery.