Supporting art, design and architecture projects.

Naomi Milgrom AO, and Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of OMA on MPavilion 2017's design. Cover photo: Timothy Burgess. 


Supporting great art, design and architecture projects is Australian philanthropist Naomi Milgrom’s aim with the Naomi Milgrom Foundation. Founded in 2014, the Foundation aspires to enrich Australian cultural life and engage new audiences. It has become a model for public-private collaboration by backing projects with a focus on public, industry and education.

The Foundation champions multidisciplinary projects that explore design’s close interconnections with contemporary culture. MPavilion is the foundation’s centrepiece project and Australia’s leading architecture commission. An international success that brings together government, business and private sectors to collaborate, MPavilion is a civic space and cultural laboratory, and the space of a four-month-long summer program of free cultural events in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens. At the culmination of the program, MPavilion is gifted to the state of Victoria and relocated to a permanent home.


An overview of MPavilion 2015 designed by Amanda Levete of AL_A. Cover photo: John Gollings. 


Important dates in 2018


8 September 2018 – 13 January 2019  


8 October 2018
—3 February 2019


William Kentridge: That Which We Do Not Remember, Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW). 


MPavilion 2018 designed by Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós opens. 


The Naomi Milgrom Foundation was proud to partner with RMIT University to bring a retrospective of Walter Van Beirendonck's Dream the World Awake to the RMIT Design Hub in 2013. 


About Naomi Milgrom AO

 Naomi Milgrom AO. Photo by Stephen Chee. 

Naomi Milgrom AO. Photo by Stephen Chee. 


Australian entrepreneur Naomi Milgrom AO has been a collector of contemporary art and a supporter of the arts, science and education for more than three decades. Naomi seeks projects that push boundaries and challenge the way we see the world. In 2016 Naomi received a Philanthropy Leadership Award and earlier, in 2010, an Order of Australia (AO) for business and community leadership, and philanthropy. She chaired the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) for six years and has served on the boards of a variety of business, arts and science organisations. Naomi has supported publicly funded institutions and festivals including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Festival, Queensland Art Gallery, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Sydney Dance Company, Melbourne Recital Centre and Sydney Biennale. A leading Australian businesswoman she is executive chair of the 550-store fashion retailer The Sussan Group which includes brands Sportsgirl, Sussan and Suzanne Grae.

 Naomi Milgrom was the commissioner of the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017, represented by Tracey Moffatt. Photo by John Gollings.

Naomi Milgrom was the commissioner of the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017, represented by Tracey Moffatt. Photo by John Gollings.