Collection Development

The strength of the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection has evolved from its focus on acquiring contemporary New Zealand works of art. Consequently, the collection development policy is regularly revisited to ensure that new acquisitions respond to and foster contemporary trends in artistic practice.

Recent initiatives have included:

  • encouraging the development of work by an emerging artist engaging with the university community in some way
  • working to establish a collection focus in the area of new media and moving image, in particular, in DVD format.

Current strategy
Pdf of Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection Development Strategy 2017-2020 here.

Gifts and Bequests
The VUW Art Collection welcomes the offer of gifts, donations and bequests. All offers will be considered in light of the collection development policy, particularly with the objective of ensuring that any potential acquisitions will enhance the significance and representativeness of the Collection. On the recommendation of the Director, the Advisory Board has the right to accept or refuse offers of gifts.

Gifts and bequests of works shall be in accordance with the Terms of Gift or Bequest to the VUW Collection. This document must be agreed, completed and signed by both parties prior to the gift or bequest taking effect.