Our work Previous 10 years


The Alcorso Foundation aims to increase community engagement through its annual core program by building on its ten year successes and introducing more partner projects in the future.

Annual fundraising, project partnering, and volunteer participation has been critical to the Foundation’s successful delivery of these programs.

The Beginning

The Claudio Alcorso Foundation was launched on the 7th of October 2001 to celebrate the life of Claudio Alcorso. Claudio was well known as founder of Silk and Textile Printers originally housed in Sydney and relocated to Tasmania, and 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 and his work in redeveloping Hobart’s Salamanca precinct.

In 2008 with the passing of Lesley Alcorso, Claudio’s wife, the Foundation changed its name to the Alcorso Foundation in respect of Claudio and Lesley’s contribution to Tasmania’s community.

From humble beginnings in 2001 the Foundation has grown from delivering one international residency per year to over 35 projects across its three program areas: Arts, Environment and Social Justice.