About 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.

The James Wallace Arts Trust is dedicated to nurturing the creation and development of the arts in all of its wonderful forms. We provide enduring support to the ‘art of one’s time’, and are committed to creating an invaluable diary of New Zealand contemporary art. 

The James Wallace Arts Trust is a charitable trust which was founded by Sir James Wallace in 1992. We support the undertakings of all artists, be they visual or screen, musicians, writers, filmmakers, choreographers, or theatre practitioners. Whether established or emerging, we facilitate and promote creative endeavor while providing the public with an inimitable cultural and historical resource of New Zealand contemporary art.

Through the Wallace Foundation, one of the largest private funders of the arts in New Zealand, we provide over 120 grants each year. Wallace Productions, our in-house production company, provides grants to a number of film productions and independent filmmakers each year, as well as producing the Wallace Arts Video Series.

We honor contemporary visual artists with the Wallace Art Awards, which is the longest surviving annual art awards ceremony in New Zealand. Each year we award over $275,000 to artists, and provide broadening experiences to the winners through the facilitation of residencies at esteemed international institutions such as The British School in Rome, and the International Studio in New York. 

Today the Wallace Arts Trust Collection consists of nearly 9,000 works of New Zealand visual art across all mediums. Sir James Wallace’s collecting activity began in the 1960s with a keen focus on emerging artists. As emerging artists have become more established , we have continued to support their practices. We are committed to increasing public access to works held in the Collection through our Loans Programme. We loan over 1,500 works to over 100 institutions across New Zealand, ranging from schools and universities to hospitals and theatres. 

Since 2010, the Pah Homestead has been our permanent home. This unique Italianate heritage building and destination gallery is situated on the grounds of Monte Cecilia Park in Hillsborough, Auckland. The Pah Homestead showcases works from the Trust Collection, presents an array of exhibitions, and is a venue for cultural events. It’s a place for the community to visit, learn, and enjoy the arts.

In collaboration with Otago University, the Pah Homestead also hosts a Writers in Residency Programme. Works from the Trust Collection are also displayed at the bespoke event venue Rannoch, one of New Zealand’s finest examples of arts and crafts architecture, and also Sir James Wallace’s private residence.