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 dairy of New Zealand contemporary art.

Launched in 1992 as a registered New Zealand charitable trust by founder Sir James Wallace, supporting the practices of visual artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, choreographers, screen artists and theatre practitioners is what we do best. Whether established or emerging, we facilitate and promote creative endeavours 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. Over two decades, Sir James Wallace has gifted over 10 million to various creative projects. 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 honour contemporary visual artists with the Wallace Art Awards, which are the longest surviving annual art awards in New Zealand. Each year we award over $275,000 to artists and provide broadening experiences to the winners through facilitating residencies at esteemed international institutions such as The British School in Rome and 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 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 other public and private institutions.

Since 2010, the Pah Homestead has been our permanent home. This unique Italianate heritage building and destination gallery is situated in the grounds of Monte Cecilia Park in Hillsborough, Auckland. The Pah Homestead showcases works from the Collection, presents an array of exhibitions, is a venue for cultural events and a place for the community to visit, enjoy and learn about the arts. In collaboration with Otago University, the Pah plays host to a Writers in Residency Programme. Works from the Collection are also displayed a bespoke event venue Rannoch, one of New Zealand’s finest examples of Arts and Crafts architecture and Sir James Wallace’s private residence.