Acquisitions – Old and New

An exhibition of old and new acquisitions from the Whangārei Art Museum collection.

E K Mair, Bush Stream, Wainuiomata n.d., oil on canvas.

The Whangārei Arts & Literary Society signalled its intent to establish a public art gallery in the 1920s by gifting two works – The Dell, Hornchurch by George Woolley and On Lake Lugano by Robert Proctor – to the Whangārei Borough Council.

These two paintings, along with an earlier gift of a portrait of Sir George Grey and a landscape featuring A bush stream, Wainuiomata, to the Council by Captain Gilbert Mair in memory of his wife Kate [neé Sperrey], paved the way for what is now the Whangārei Art Museum’s collection.

Anthony Davies, Pollution I-XII, 2018, lithographs 3/6.

The more recent works featured here have been acquired largely through gifts and bequests, with purchases only if or when funds have been made available.

19 March – 23 May