About us The history of the Foundation


The Alcorso Foundation celebrates the lives of Claudio and Lesley Alcorso, and their enormous contribution to Australia’s arts community, commitment to the environment and support of social justice issues.

The Claudio Alcorso Foundation was launched on 7 October 2001 to celebrate the life of Claudio Alcorso.

With the passing of Lesley Alcorso, Claudio’s wife, a founding member and President of the Foundation until 2008, the Committee in her honour changed the name to The Alcorso Foundation in respect of their individual efforts in the community.

Claudio was a pioneer who left a heritage of innovation in industrial design, enterprise development and the establishment of the wine industry in Tasmania.

Claudio and Lesley were enlightened patrons of the Arts, often providing their home as a venue for musical performance, philosophical discussion and forums for those fortunate to have attracted their attention in matters of design, innovation, civic development and the environment. They were both enthusiastic sponsors and collectors of Australian fine arts and crafts.

Strong believers in social justice and the environment, Claudio and Lesley actively participated in the Franklin River Campaign and Claudio spoke at a land rights rally in front of Parliament House in support of Tasmanian Aborigines and their claims of small sites of special significance.

Claudio was well known as founder of Silk and Textile Printers, his association with the Elizabethan Theatre Trust and as founding Chairperson of the Australian Opera.

In Tasmania, Claudio is perhaps best known for founding the successful Moorilla vineyard in Berriedale.

The Alcorso Foundation seeks the continuance of the ideals and values Claudio and Lesley represented by the establishment of cross cultural exchanges and events serving to promote public awareness in music, fine arts and crafts, architecture, civic planning and environmental sciences.

The Foundation sponsors international exchanges with Italy in the areas of visual and performing arts, supports an environment prize for post-graduate study and social justice education assistance for students with refugee backgrounds.

Currently two public trusts are managed by the Foundation, which in turn supports our many projects. The Cultural Trust and the Environment Trust are both able to accept tax-deductible donations. The Foundation is run entirely on donations and grants so we are committed to keeping administrative costs to a minimum.