Welcome to The Wallace Arts Trust
The vision of the Wallace Arts Trust is to support, promote and expose New Zealand contemporary artists while providing the wider public with an inimitable cultural and historical resource of contemporary New Zealand art.
These objectives are achieved first and foremost by the acquisition of new artworks by contemporary New Zealand artists, as well as the annual Wallace Art Awards. The Awards are the oldest of their kind in New Zealand and are now in their twenty first year, awarding four overseas residencies and various prizes amounting to over $190,000.
A major new achievement has been the opening of the The Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, which has recently celebrated its 2nd Year Anniversary. The Collection is available to the public through a changing programme of exhibitions, and also hosts touring regional exhibitions. The Arts Centre also houses an artist-in-residency programme, and is currently developing an education programme aimed at primary and secondary schools.
As well as running the arts centre, the Wallace Arts Trust loans out artworks to some 30 institutions ranging from schools to universities and hospitals, to expose as wide a range of audience to contemporary New Zealand art as possible.
The Trust also fulfils its objectives through the provision of a free online search database of the Collection now numbering over 6,500 artworks including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, AV works and various other multimedia works.
A large portion of the Collection is housed at Rannoch, including over one hundred sculptures from leading New Zealand artists. Rannoch can be visited on application.
Beyond this the Trust financially supports many other arts organizations in New Zealand. Sir James Wallace is patron, trustee or board member of some 20 such institutions.
Wallace Arts Trust Virtual Gallery
We are very pleased to announce our collaboration with Auckland digital innovator Exhibbit to bring you a truly immersive environment in which to view the Trusts incredible collection of art. We're starting with an exhibition of the 20 winners of the Wallace Art awards, but will be bringing you other shows throughout the year that will allow you to see all of the Trusts collection in truly astounding detail.
Instructions to view the Wallace Virtual Gallery on a Mac or PC
Click anywhere on the image to view the exhibition. For best performance please ensure that you have no other programs running. On your first visit install the exhibbit/Unity webplayer, this takes less than a minute. As soon as the webplayer is installed the exhibition will automatically load and play. Depending on your internet connection and your computer this may take between 30 secs and 2 mins.This is truly worth the wait and from now on you will be able to browse the Artworks at your own pace.
The Pah Homestead
The Wallace Arts Trust physical address is now at the Pah Homestead.
There you can view lots of works from the collection in revolving exhibitions in the beautiful setting of the recently restored Pah Homestead.