Our Permanent Collection is a collection of art relevant to Waiheke Island that is held permanently in the Gallery. This collection consists of works from significant Waiheke exhibition and from New Zealand artists who have made a recognised contribution to the Waiheke island art environment and to the New Zealand art scene.
The Gallery’s permanent collection is focused across four themes.
Initiated by the Waiheke Art Gallery in 2003, the Sculpture on the Gulf Marquette collection is a visual history of this world class event that includes the following works:
Our biennale Waiheke Artist in Residence programme was initiated by the Gallery in 2007 to provide artists with the opportunity to live and work on Waiheke and create a body of work for exhibition that reflects their experiences of our island.
The current collection contains works donated by our 2014 Artists in Residence from their OZ to Waiheke project.
Waiheke Artists that have lived on the Island for a significant time and whose work has been heavily influenced by their time here.
The Jan Nigro triptych, originally commissioned by NZ Post and subsequently donated to the Gallery, is displayed in the Gallery foyer. Works by Zinni Douglas, the Gallery’s first chairperson, are also part of this collection. Other works are by Zoe Leeb du Toit and Anika Boren.
The Kurt Von Meier Collection comprises of works created at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, from 1960-64 when Kurt Von Meier was Art History Lecturer.
The works have been repatriated from Kurt’s home in San Francisco following their donation to Hamish Keith, who has in turn gifted them to the Waiheke Community Art Gallery.
The early sixties were a time when Von Meier witnessed the development of New Zealand’s contemporary art scene, and the collection represents this development. Within the collection are works by Gretchen Albrecht, Robert Ellis, Pat Hanly, Geoff Thornley, Pauline Thompson, and Hamish Keith.
The Waiheke Community Art Gallery is excited to have received this gift and is looking forward to exhibiting it later in 2022.
Our Friends of the Permanent Collection provide support for increasing and maintaining the collection.
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