VCA Foundation

The VCA Foundation was established in 2011 through substantial contributions from the Federal Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Victorian Government though Arts Victoria. The Foundation Board is tasked with building the corpus to $10 million by 2017 to provide a strong and sustainable base from which to resource future projects and activities at the VCA that would otherwise not be funded.

The VCA is producing the next generation of practising artists ready for the world’s stage. The goal of the Foundation is to provide opportunities for students through special projects and activities, masterclasses and scholarships. These opportunities will ensure the VCA meets the highest educational standards and becomes an even stronger, more vibrant institution.

To learn more about the impact of gifts made to the VCA Foundation please visit the Giving homepage, or contact:

Eric Dias
Donor Relations and Stewardship Officer
T: +61 3 8344 7681


VCA Foundation Board Members

Chair - Eda Ritchie AM: Ms Ritchie was a member of University of Melbourne council from 2005 to 2014. She is a Board member of the Melbourne Recital Centre and a Trustee of the R E Ross Trust. She had a major role in establishing and consolidating the successful Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and has wide experience working with government in the areas of Health, Local Government and Natural Resource Management.

William J Forrest AM: A former partner of law firm Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks (now Allens), Mr Forrest has been a director or trustee of many arts organisations, including the Australian Ballet, Victoria State Opera, Chamber Music Australia, Heide Museum of Modern Art and the World Federation of International Music Competitions.  A past member of various advisory boards at several universities, he chaired two reviews of the Sydney College of the Arts.

Peter Jopling AM QC: Mr Jopling is a Melbourne-based Queens Counsel and graduate of the University of Melbourne’s Law School. He has held a number of board positions with Australian art organisations since 2000, including as deputy chair of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, director of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation, trustee of the McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery, member of the Victorian College of the Arts Foundation, and since 1 February 2016, as chair of the Ian Potter Museum and Art Gallery.

Mrs Fiona Myer: Mrs Myer was admitted to the degree of Doctor of the University honoris causa (VU) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the arts. She is a successful artist in her own right, is currently Chair of NGV Contemporary and is supporting scholarships at both Victoria University and the VCA.

Caroline Chernov: Ms Chernov joined the Foundation Board in 2014. She is the Executive Director of the ten20 Foundation, a philanthropic organisation committed to reducing Australia’s childhood vulnerability. This follows ten years of management with venture philanthropy organisations in Australia and the US and a career in strategic management consulting. She sits on the board of the Australian Friends of Asha Slums and is an Ambassador for the Melbourne Human Rights Film Festival.

Alejandro Abapo performing at The Kelvin Club, Sept 2011. Photography by Sav Schulman.

Rosie Lockhart in Compleat Female Stage Beauty, written by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by Tanya Gerstle. Photography by Jeff Busby 2012.

Sai Ling Zhang, costume maker, The Merchant of Venice, directed by Richard Murphet. Photography by Steve Wyld 2012.