Thanks to our supporters

Posted: 26th November 2019

The important role our supporters play in making our research possible was acknowledged recently at a special event held at the Buxton Contemporary Gallery.

We’d like to thank the Buxtons for making their space available to us on the evening; the beautiful setting, as well as the unusually warm November evening and the exhibition and address by the artist herself, Louise Weaver, made it a very enjoyable and memorable occasion.

Professor Tom Kay, Director of SVI, spoke about Melbourne’s cultural liveliness and its superiority in science, saying, “Contributors and philanthropists like you are part of what makes Melbourne such a strong and successful part of the modern world. So thank you to all of you for your support for us.”  

The generous contributions and support provided by our donors have enabled SVI to pursue projects that are showing great potential. For example, SVI works closely with St Vincent’s Hospital on developing artificial intelligence to read mammography scans, we are developing a sophisticated test for a blood-borne virus that could be rolled out in remote indigenous communities and we are working closely with industry on new immune approaches to dementia.

“As the year comes to a close, on behalf of everyone at SVI, I would like to thank you all for your support, which is key to the success of our research,” said Professor Kay.

About the artist
While Louise Weaver is best known for her whimsical, thought-provoking sculptures of animals, this exhibition features more than 100 works in an array of media, including sculptural installation, painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, textiles, movement and sound. The exhibition spans three decades of the artist’s practice and reveals Weaver’s longstanding interests in fields as diverse as visual culture, art history, natural history, science and design.