The Naomi Milgrom Foundation was founded in 2014, and its purpose is to enrich Australian cultural life by engaging new audiences with exceptional art, design and architecture. The Foundation, led by Naomi Milgrom AO, has become a model for public-private collaboration, enabling new projects with a focus on public, industry and education components.
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. Bringing together government, business and private sectors to collaborate, MPavilion is a civic space and cultural laboratory, hosting a spring-summer program of free cultural events in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens. At the culmination of each annual program, MPavilion is gifted to the people of Victoria and relocated to a permanent home.
An overview of MPavilion 2015 designed by Amanda Levete of AL_A. Cover photo: John Gollings.
8 September 2018 – 13 January 2019
8 October 2018
—17 February 2019
23 May 2019 (Melbourne) and 28 May 2019 (Sydney)
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 is open.
Living Cities Forum 2019, an annual assembly exploring the role of design, planning and architecture in shaping our society.
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 is an Australian business leader and philanthropist internationally recognised for spearheading and supporting cultural innovation and artistic excellence. With a focus on bold projects that generate social, economic and environmental value, Milgrom is known for staking out new ground and leading successful collaborations with government, business and not-for-profit partners.
Through ongoing community and industry initiatives, Milgrom has an acclaimed track record for bringing future-minded architecture and design to the public. She has collaborated with some of the world’s leading architects and urban thinkers through the MPavilion program, regarded as Australia’s principal architecture commission, and the Living Cities Forum, an annual gathering of leading global architects and design innovators. Through these initiatives, Milgrom has teamed with architects such as Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, Amanda Levete, Bijoy Jain, Ryue Nishizawa, Sean Godsell and Carme Pinós.
A supporter of the arts, sciences and education for over three decades, Milgrom 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. Milgrom chaired the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) for six years.
Numerous board positions and awards recognise Milgrom’s achievements as a thought leader and contributor to civil society, including three honorary doctorates, the Australian Institute of Architects President’s Award, and an Order of Australia. Milgrom was the commissioner of the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale 2017, represented by Tracey Moffatt. She is currently the chair of the jury, established by Create NSW and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), for the international design competition for the new Powerhouse Precinct in Parramatta.